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Is there a way where I can get information about a package which is in Ubuntu Software Center, such as package-title package-size package-logos etc. through php or javascript?

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To get packages information you would need to fetch it from the repository and import to your own datasource.

To find the packages indexes which include title's, sisz'es you use: # each directory here is a repository section # # Select the desired arechitcture with binary-i386 or binary-amd64 The file containing the information is:

To get the thumbnail for a specific package:

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Don't forget to set the the question as answered later :) – João Pinto Jan 7 '11 at 12:18
Thank you João it was just what I was looking for ;) – Voidcode Jan 7 '11 at 12:48
But how do I get the logo of a package not the screenshots? – Voidcode Jan 7 '11 at 12:50
The icons are available from the app-install-data package, once installed the icons are available on your system at: /usr/share/app-install/icons/ . – João Pinto Jan 7 '11 at 13:27
Many thanks.. faster response time than through a normal commercial support page .. really nice João ;) – Voidcode Jan 7 '11 at 20:33

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