Package mangment using dpkg and rpm

  • Posted on: 20 July 2022
  • By: dexter

GNU/Linux distributions are primarily user either rpm or deb for their packages. This articles discusses uses of dpkg and rpm

GNU/Linux like Debian, Ubuntu, mint use deb packaging to install or remove packages the main command is dpkg (Note: It will not  automatically download and install required dependencies).  Apart from dpkg there is apt which provides a high-level commandline interface for the package management system.

In case of Redhat, Fedora, Suse etc which use rpm style package main command to install/manage the package is rpm. In case of Redhat one could install yum to manage packages much more easily as compared to using the default rpm command. It should be noted that SuSe has its own tool called 'zypper'

Here is a list of commands comparison for basic dpkg vs rpm

Sr. Requirement dpkg rpm
1 Install a package.
(The package should be downloaded)

dpkg -i packagename.deb

rpm -i packagename.rpm

2 Remove/Erase installed package

dpkg -r packagename

to completely remove package including config file use

dpkg -P packagename

rpm -e packagename
3 Upgrade Package NA rpm -U packagename
4 Get the list of all installed packages on system dpkg -l rpm -qpl
5 List dependencies of package dpkg -I package.deb rpm -qpR package.rpm
6 List dependencies of packages (installed)

dpkg -s 


dpkg -s packagename | grep 'Depends'

 rpm -qR

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