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Search for files in apt packages, including ones not yet installed. More information:

  • Update the metadata database:

sudo apt update

  • Search for packages that contain the specified file or path:

apt-file {{search|find}} {{partial_path/to/file}}

  • List the contents of a specific package:

apt-file {{show|list}} {{package}}

  • Search for packages that match the regular_expression:

apt-file {{search|find}} --regexp {{regular_expression}}