Hello I want to remove software (for example transmission) using Terminal. How can i find the package name for the software ?

  • Do you know about the auto-complete feature in apt-get? If you enter 'apt-get remove tra', and then press tab twice, it will show all the packages starting with tra.
    – sashoalm
    Mar 27, 2011 at 18:36
  • auto-complete doesn't work for me 10.10
    – vrcmr
    Mar 27, 2011 at 23:39
  • Are you sure? Have you tried with other package names, but ones you know are installed?
    – sashoalm
    Mar 28, 2011 at 6:02

3 Answers 3


search for it using

apt-cache search name


apt-cache search transmission


conkytransmission - Transmission torrent info, for use in Conky
transgui - Remote GUI for Transmission daemon     
transmission - lightweight BitTorrent client
transmission-cli - lightweight BitTorrent client (command line interface)
transmission-common - lightweight BitTorrent client (common files)
transmission-daemon - lightweight BitTorrent client (daemon)
transmission-gtk - lightweight BitTorrent client (GTK interface)
transmission-qt - lightweight BitTorrent client (Qt interface)

at the last (the most relevant results will be at the last since it is the terminal)

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    My question was: How can I find the PACKAGE NAME of an application for further removing it by typing its name in terminal?
    – vrcmr
    Mar 27, 2011 at 13:48
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    You can also try dpkg -l|grep -i transmission to locate package names associated with it.
    – Jamess
    Mar 27, 2011 at 14:19
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    apt-cache search is not suitable for listing installed packages.
    – Takkat
    Mar 27, 2011 at 15:41
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    This is CRAZY!!! to many editors. Are you able to look into edit history? I should ask question and make screenshot of it. And then upload it here:) The original question was a little bit different.
    – vrcmr
    Mar 27, 2011 at 23:37
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    Thanks for the help
    – Zedd
    May 30 at 10:02

To query installed packages we can use powerful search functions from DPKG package management:

  • dpkg-query --list 'pattern*' lists all packages that have not been purged
  • dpkg-query --search 'pattern*' searches for individual files installed

You can use wildcards in the search pattern to find packages when only part of the package name is known.


If you're trying to remove a package

apt search transmission | grep installed

will only display installed packages

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