What is the difference between using these two, or are they exactly the same?

If I install something in in the command prompt can it then get updates via the GUI, and vice versa for GUI installed software?

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As long as by "command line" you mean the apt-get install or aptitude install commands, it's the same as installing using Software Center: under the covers they all use the same software management system (APT), so you will get the updates whichever way you use.

  • Thank you, this was very informative. Is updating through the Software Updater the same as running "apt-get update" and then "apt-get upgrade"? Or dist-upgrade? Dec 29, 2014 at 22:31
  • Terminal usage provides more functionality compared to Software Center usage. If you are keen to use terminal, you would handle installing packages effectively.
    – Wolverine
    Dec 29, 2014 at 22:42

well its simple Linux are giving they users the option how they want update the system means that they can use the terminal or the software updater to update,upgrade and install anything and everything

hope that help :)


When you browse the software center and find software to install it'll execute the apt-get install command followed by whatever package you're downloading. But the software center can also be used to install .deb files, where it executes the dpkg -i command followed by the path to the .deb file.

apt-get install packagename to install from your repositories

dpkg -i path_to_deb_file to install .deb files


sudo apt-get install htop

sudo dpkg -i /home/user/Downloads/package.deb

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