I want to see a list of repositories so that I can add them to Ubuntu. How can I acquire such a list. Is there a command I can use?


There are two different places in Debian for source list files: Most of the default source listings are in


While a few packages may add their own smaller lists to


To view each of them, you can cat them individually. (like cat /etc/apt/sources.list, or cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*)

This is quite a familiar style in debian packaging. For instance apache keeps its common configuration in /etc/apache2/apache2.conf, while several other packages (like phpmyadmin) may add their own smaller configurations in /etc/apache2/conf.d/

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All the repositories are listed in the .list files in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory.

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  • Thank you! but i want to see them in terminal! which command show them? – Milad Sobhkhiz Jun 30 '12 at 16:14
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    cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ && cat *.list – abhshkdz Jun 30 '12 at 16:17

This command will list them quite clearly and nicely:

for X in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*; do echo; echo; echo "** $X:"; echo; cat $X; done

(Here's an example of what the output can look like.)

You may also want to list the repositories configured in the master configuration file:

cat /etc/apt/sources.list
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