After running (where <package> is replaced with the name of the package whose changelog you want):

apt-get changelog <package>

Where is the changelog downloaded to? And what happens when a new version of the changelog is downloaded? Does the old one stay? Or get deleted?

1 Answer 1


Changelogs are not downloaded anywhere. They are received from the repository online.

You can find changelogs HERE.

This is for main. Same way you can find changelogs for other sections.

man apt-get

           changelog downloads a package changelog and displays it through
           sensible-pager. The server name and base directory is defined in
           the APT::Changelogs::Server variable (e.g.
           packages.debian.org/changelogs[1] for Debian or
           changelogs.ubuntu.com/changelogs[2] for Ubuntu). By default it
           displays the changelog for the version that is installed. However,
           you can specify the same options as for the install command.
  • But the first time when I run the command it tells me it's downloading it, but after that (until a new changelog comes out) it just opens the file, so is it not cached somewhere at least?
    – user364819
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 20:45
  • I does not. There may be some caching at your ISP for file downloads or something else. It downloads the file each time you run that command.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 20:48
  • Strange, I haven't had that with any other file.
    – user364819
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 20:51

You must log in to answer this question.