is an acronym
for Advanced Packaging Tool
, a package management system
created by the Debian
project. APT greatly simplifies the process of installing and removing software on Unix
There is no
apt program per se; APT is a C++ library of functions that are used by several command line programs for dealing with packages, notably
apt-cache. There are also programs that provide a front end to APT, usually based on apt-get, like
aptitude with a ncurses text interface or
synaptic with a GTK+ graphical interface. There is a central repository of over 13000 apt packages used by apt-get and derived programs to download and install applications directly from the Internet, often hailed as one of Debian's best features.
APT was originally designed to work with .deb packages on Debian systems, but it has since been modified to work with RPM packages, and to run on other operating systems such as Mac OS X.
Synaptic (previously known as raptor) is a GUI-frontend for APT, easy to use. Synaptic is based on Gtk+ 2.2. The program supports both RPM and Debian systems, after recompilation.
- dpkg, which APT uses to actually install and remove Debian packages
- Fink, a project to port Unix software to Mac OS X which uses APT
- List of Unix programs
Apt is also a commune of France, sous-préfecture of the Vaucluse département.