Synaptic Searching, Installing & Upgrading Packages on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial QuickStart

December 1st, 2016 by thelinuxevangelist

Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial


Hello Ubuntu User! The Linux Tutorial Shows You Visually How-to QuickStart Searching and Installing New Packages with Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerusl LTS 32/64bit GNU/Linux Desktop.

Synaptic is a GUI to apt, the package management system in Ubuntu. It combines the point-and-click simplicity of the graphical user interface with the power of the apt-get command line tool.

Main Synaptic Features:

  • Install, Remove, Configure, or Upgrade Software Packages
  • Browse, Sort and Search the list of available software packages
  • Manage Repositories
  • Upgrade the whole System

You can Queue up a number of actions before you execute them. Synaptic will inform you about Dependencies (additional packages required by the software package you have chosen) as well as Conflicts with other packages that are already installed on your system.

Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - Featured

Installing Synaptic on Ubuntu


  1. Open a Terminal Shell emulator window
    Ctr+Alt+t on Desktop
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - Open Terminal Shell Emulator
  2. Installing Synaptic Package Manager

    sudo apt-get install synaptic

    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then Look: Solution

Launching Synaptic on Ubuntu


  1. Select the Dash Icon
    Top Left Corner.
    Or press the Win/Cmd Key.

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - Dashboard
  2. Type ‘syn’ and Synaptic Icon should Appear

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - Synaptic Icon

Searching for Packages with Synaptic


  1. Click the Hand Lens Icon

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - searching
  2. Enter a KeyWord
    You can Choose the Parameters of the Search with the DropDown.

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - search by keyword

Installing New Packages with Synaptic


  1. Selecting Pacakage for Installation
    Click on Package & Choose ‘Mark for installation.’

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - selecting packages
  2. Confirm
    The eventual Dependecies will be shown…

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - confirmation
  3. Click on Apply

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - applying

Upgrading a single Package with Synaptic


  1. Selecting Pacakage to Upgrade
    Click on Package & Choose ‘Mark for Upgrade.’

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - selecting packages
  2. Confirm
    The eventual Dependecies will be shown…

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - confirmation
  3. Click on Apply

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - applying

Upgrading All Packages with Synaptic


  1. Click on ‘Mark All Upgrades’

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - marking up
  2. Confirm

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - confirm
  3. Apply

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - apply

Configuring Apt Repositories


  1. Select Settings >> Repositories

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - configuring
  2. Click on Add Button on Bottom

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - adding
  3. Enter the Exact apt Repo Definition

    Synaptic QuickStart for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial - definition
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