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I've heard that apt has a new fancy colour and progress bar feature, but that I have to manually enable it.

How do I do this?

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For 14.04 and newer:

Make a file in: /etc/apt/apt.conf.d:

sudoedit /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99progressbar

Then add these contents:

Dpkg::Progress-Fancy "1";

Save the file and you can now enjoy apt progress bars in all their glory:

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You can use them with these commands for a nice new apt experience:

apt update
apt install
apt upgrade

Run apt by itself for the list of commands. Colors are enabled by default for apt, and do not affect apt-get.


You can also tweak the color of the progress bar by adding this as well:

Dpkg::Progress-Fancy::Progress-Bg "%1b[40m"; 

The colors are based on ANSI Color codes, look at this chart as a reference.


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I am still using 13.10 (at least for the next week or two). Is this feature available in 13.10? – OSE Apr 9 '14 at 13:57
I am reasonably certain it is not in 13.10. – Jorge Castro Apr 9 '14 at 14:04
Is there any disadvantage to using apt instead of apt-get, etc? – mikeymop Apr 9 '14 at 16:10
That is a bit odd. I get the progress bar on apt-get upgrade, install and remove, but no colors in apt-get update, I have to use apt update. Very odd. – Seth Apr 9 '14 at 17:05
Hm. I'm on 13.10 and after applying this settings i see progress in both apt and apt-get as well as in dpkg. – user268810 Apr 14 '14 at 13:09

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