How to Install Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

The Synaptic Package Manager is a graphical tool that makes installing, updating, and removing packages easy. It’s perfect for those unfamiliar with command-line options because of its user-friendly interface, and you can begin to learn more in-depth about how packages work and system maintenance.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish for users that wish to use a feature packaged package manager GUI solution compared to Ubuntu’s default GUI package management or the command line terminal.

Update Ubuntu

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date. This will ensure no conflicts arise as best as possible during the installation.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Synaptic Package Manager

Synaptic is present on Ubuntu 22.04 default repository, making the installation quick and easy.

In your terminal, use the following command to install the package manager.

sudo apt install synaptic -y

First Look at Synaptic Package Manager

First off, go into your applications menu and launch Synaptic; the full location path is Activities > Show Applications Synaptic Package Manager.

Example:

How to Install Synaptic Package Manager in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

On your first visit, you will get a quick message about how Synaptic works again; this will not return unless you click to show this dialogue at startup.

Example:

How to Install Synaptic Package Manager in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Once open, the default screen pretty much sums up the package manager. From this screen, you can start by learning about the status of packages and then remove or install applications, search and get more info, basically everything from the terminal in a GUI format.

Example:

How to Install Synaptic Package Manager in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Example:

How to Install Synaptic Package Manager in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

PolicyKit for Alternative Desktop Environments

For users using alternative desktop environments, you may encounter Synaptic Package manager failing to launch through the main system menu. The main culprit in nearly all cases is the PolicyKit package needs to be installed on the desktop environment.

Use one of the following commands to install PolicyKit that matches your desktop environment.

Install lxpolkit – LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment)

sudo apt install lxpolkit -y

Install mate-polkit – Mate Desktop Environment

sudo apt install mate-polkit -y

Install policykit-1-gnome – Cinnamon, XFCE & Unity Desktop Environment

sudo apt install policykit-1-gnome -y

Install lxqt-policykit – LXQT Desktop Environment

sudo apt install lxqt-policykit -y

How to Remove Synaptic Package Manager

Use the following command to remove users who no longer wish to have the package manager on their Ubuntu system.

sudo apt autoremove synaptic -y

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

Synaptic Package Manager is an excellent option if you’re looking for an easy way to install software on your Ubuntu system. It’s GUI-based and lets you search for packages across various repositories before installing them with just two clicks.



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