I want to format my laptop and reinstall ubuntu. But I dont want to redownload all the installed applications again. Is there any way that I can first backup the installed apps or find the backup deb files so that its easy to setup my linux for the next time ??

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    Oct 15 '15 at 5:02
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    – TellMeWhy
    Oct 15 '15 at 11:54

The most useful backup application I've seen is called Aptik - all you need is a backup directory, stored locally or in the cloud. Aptik will backup PPAs, downloaded packages, software selections, application settings and themes and icons. Very useful.

You can install it through the ppa:

sudo apt-add-repository –y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install aptik

Hope this sorts you out :)

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