Ubuntu – How to check the available version of a package in the repositories


How can I check the version of the available package in the Ubuntu repositories without installing it?

Best Answer

  • Use the command:

    apt-cache policy <packageName>

    This gives you information of all available package versions.


    alaa@aa-lu:~$ apt-cache policy vlc
      Installed: 2.0.8-0ubuntu0.13.04.1
      Candidate: 2.0.8-0ubuntu0.13.04.1
      Version table:
     *** 2.0.8-0ubuntu0.13.04.1 0
            500 http://ae.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-updates/universe i386 Packages
            500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-security/universe i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
         2.0.6-1 0
            500 http://ae.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring/universe i386 Packages
    • From the output, you can see that there are two versions available: 2.0.8-0ubuntu0.13.04.1 and 2.0.6-1. It also tells you which repositories they are coming from.

    • Installed: tells you the version you have installed. If you don't have the package installed, you'll see (none).

    • Candidate: is the version that will be installed if you use apt-get install vlc. If you want to install the other version, you would do apt-get install vlc=2.0.6-1.