List installed packages on Linux or FreeBSD / OpenBSD system

by on January 30, 2007 · 9 comments· LAST UPDATED December 14, 2007

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Q. How do I list all installed packages on Linux or FreeBSD system?

A. Most Linux distributions are based upon rpm or apt-get / dpkg packaging system.

RedHat, Fedora Core, Suse Linux, Cento os all are RPM based distribution

Use rpm command as follows to list all installed packages
rpm -qa
rpm -qa | grep 'package-name'
rpm -qa | grep -i '*httpd*'

Debian or Ubuntu Linux distribution

You can use dpkg command to list all installed packages:
dpkg --list
dpkg --list | grep 'package-name'
dpkg --list | grep -i '*php*'

Task: OpenBSD list installed package

Use pkg_info command for displaying information on all installed software packages
$ pkg_info
$ pkg_info | grep 'package-name'


bash-3.1.10_1       The GNU Project's Bourne Again SHell
expat-2.0.0_1       XML 1.0 parser written in C
gettext-0.14.5_2    GNU gettext package
lftp-3.4.0_3        Shell-like command line ftp client
libiconv-1.9.2_2    A character set conversion library
libstatgrab-0.12_1  Provides a useful interface to system statistics
nmap-4.01           Port scanning utility for large networks
pcre-6.6_1          Perl Compatible Regular Expressions library
pkgconfig-0.20      A utility to retrieve information about installed libraries
vim-lite-6.4.6_1    Vi "workalike", with many additional features (Lite package

Task: FreeBSD list installed package

Use pkg_info command as described above.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mr_gfd April 30, 2010 at 7:33 pm

FreeBSD: pkg_info -Ix ‘any-part-of-package-name’


2 Lokendra Patidar April 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

Thanks a lot for help.
Really it helped lots.


3 pio11 May 4, 2011 at 11:20 am

For packages management better is dselect. It can list, display status and choose packages for install/reinstall/uninstall.


4 bharat May 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

how to download redhat packages ………..


5 tarique February 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

how to know the default installed package in ltib?
please reply sir……….


6 Kevin September 18, 2012 at 11:43 pm

FWIW, Arch Linux: pacman -Qqe


7 Anurag kumar July 1, 2014 at 9:08 am

thanks for this useful info :)


8 Jim S. August 2, 2014 at 2:28 am


Thanks for this helpful post. Could not have come in handy at a better time. I am in the process of moving all of my projects and other stuff onto another computer. So this really helped me a lot.

BTW: For those who may not know, adding a ” > /dir/filename.ext ” at the end of the command will output to a text file so that you may print out a hardcopy if needed. – Just thought a little bit more useful info will help.

– Jim S.


9 Ivan March 25, 2015 at 10:44 am

For FreeBSD things changed a little. Use pkg info. Consult man pkg for further information.


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