How to Install Nala Commandline Frontend For APT on Ubuntu

Nala is a free and open source command-line APT frontend for Linux. Advanced Package Tool in short APT is the default, command line package manager for Debian, Ubuntu and its derivatives. Nala uses python-apt api to interact with APT. It is human friendly package manager because it gives prettier output and hides unnecessary redundant messages. It also comes with parallel downloads, history function and fetch from fastest APT mirrors support.

Download Nala

How to Install Nala on Ubuntu

Download the latest version of Nala in native deb package file from the above download link and save it on your Downloads folder. Now open the terminal application and run below apt install command.

Here “nala_0.13.0_all.deb” is the downloaded file name. You can change below command based on your file name.

sudo apt install ./Downloads/nala_0.13.0_all.deb

After that verify the installation using below command.

nala --version

Nala Usage Details:

Update Ubuntu software repository

sudo nala update

nala update

Upgrade Ubuntu Packages

sudo nala upgrade

Install Packages in Ubuntu using Nala

In the terminal run command in below format.It will install htop on your system. Here just replace htop with your package or application name and install it.

sudo nala install htop

nala install

Remove Packages in Ubuntu Using Nala

In the terminal run below command to remove above installed htop package. Just replace htop with your package name.

sudo nala remove htop


sudo nala purge htop

nala uninstall app

For the complete usage details run below command,

man nala
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