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APT 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 systems.

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-get and 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.

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Apt is also a commune of France, sous-préfecture of the Vaucluse département.