I have installed a lot of debs and programs through apt get... it says i have these programs but I can't see them anywhere, what's going on? It says it's there... but where?enter image description here

Edit: The problem may have been not restarting?

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    there are icons, just not for any of the programs I have installed, so it can't be the same bug?
    – Rabbit
    May 23, 2020 at 20:15
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    Your "I can't see any programs, none of them show up, no programs, installed, but do not show up, not anywhere" suggested that there were no icons at all.
    – Jos
    May 23, 2020 at 20:17
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    "...and 9 not upgraded" Fix that first: sudo apt full-upgrade
    – user535733
    May 23, 2020 at 20:21
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    i can't upgrade now because the snaps filled up my root with bloat again, I'm just going to do a clean install and start from scratch, if i don't put root in a separate partition at least snaps won't be able to stop me writing to the drive to fix the problems they cause
    – Rabbit
    May 23, 2020 at 20:24
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    pomsky, libreoffice, vlc, gimp, anyway don't worry i am just going to reinstall the OS
    – Rabbit
    May 23, 2020 at 20:25

1 Answer 1


Sometimes installed packages won't show up on your desktop until you log out and log back in.

Log out and back in or reboot to refresh your desktop.

Now, to list all installed applications, you can run dpkg with the -l or --list option:

dpkg -l

To narrow down the results, you can pipe dpkg to grep to search for a keyword like this:

dpkg -l | grep libreoffice

and you can use the which command to find out where the libreoffice command is installed:

which libreoffice

If you don't know the exact command to use, but you do know the first few letters of the command, like libre for example, you can press the TAB key to automatically finish the command for you. This feature is called "tab completion". If more than one command matches, a list of matching commands will print in the terminal after you press TAB two times.

Also, to list the location of all files installed for a package, you can use the -L or --listfiles option like in this example:

dpkg -L vlc 

Commands are usually installed under a bin directory but you don't need to know the location of the command file to run the command, you just need to know the name.

Additionally, if you don't want to keep the terminal open after you run a command, you can use an ampersand after the command like this:

vlc &

and then press ENTER a couple of times. If you see some output in the terminal, you can ignore it.

Finally, here are some similar commands.


apt list

will list all installable packages.

apt --installed list

will list all installed packages.

The following example will search for and list available packages related to the search term gimp. Again, use grep to narrow down the results if you need to.

apt-cache search gimp


apt search gimp

will do almost the same thing.


apt show gimp

will show details about the package.

  • I think you solved it! I'd say i needed to log out or restart. Thank you
    – Rabbit
    May 23, 2020 at 22:03

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