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How to Install Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

In this guide, we will show you how to install Synaptic on Ubuntu systems

Synaptic is a GTK-based graphical user interface for the APT package manager used by the Debian Linux distribution and its derivatives. Synaptic is usually used on systems based on deb packages but can also be used on systems based on RPM packages. It can be used to install, remove and upgrade software packages and to add repositories.

Install Synaptic on Ubuntu-APT method

Follow the steps below to get started with Synaptic :

  • Update your Ubuntu system packages with running the below command:
sudo apt update -y && sudo apt upgrade -y
  • Synaptic package is available on Ubuntu base repository. So You can install it directly as follows:
sudo apt install synaptic -y

Access Synaptic

  • You can search on the system search bar by typing Synaptic as follows
  • Synaptic will be launched as shown below

Install PolicyKit for Alternative Different Desktops

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NOTE: If Synaptic Package manager failing to launch through the main system menu. Then the PolicyKit package is needed to be installed on the desktop environment.

So you have to download the policykit: Please choose to run one of below commands depends on your Desktop Environment:

#Install lxqt-policykit for LXQT Desktop
sudo apt install lxqt-policykit

#Install mate-polkit for Mate Desktop
sudo apt install mate-polkit

#Install policykit-1-gnome for Cinnamon, XFCE Desktops
sudo apt install policykit-1-gnome

#Install lxpolkit for LXDE (Lightweight X11)
sudo apt install lxpolkit

How to Remove (Uninstall) Synaptic

  • Remove Synaptic APT Method
sudo apt autoremove synaptic --purge -y

Install Synaptic -Conclusion

That’s it

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