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How To Find Installed Applications With Installed Size In Linux

By sk
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The other day I witnessed that my hard drive is running out of space. I opened the file manager (I am using Caja file manager right now), and examined the files and folders in my hard drive. I already know how to find the size of directories from command line. So, I could easily identify which files/folders are consuming more space and delete some of them which are no longer necessary to free up the disk space. However, I have no idea how much space an installed application would consume. If you ever wondered how to find the installed applications with disk space consumed by them, read on.

Find Installed Applications With Installed Size In Linux

There might be many ways to do this, but I prefer the following three methods.

1. Find installed applications with size using Synaptic package manager

In Ubuntu and its derivatives, we can easily find it using Synaptic package manager. If your system don't have synaptic, install it as shown below.

$ sudo apt-get install synaptic

Once installed, go to Settings -> Preferences and click on "Columns and Fonts" tab. Then, check the column boxes named "Size" and "Download size".

After enabling those columns, go back to the main screen of Synaptic, and click on Status tab on the left and choose "Installed" option. You will there see the installed applications along with their size.

2. Find installed applications with size from command line

On Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint:

$ sudo dpkg-query -Wf '${Installed-size}\t${Package}\n' | column -t

Sample output:

140 xserver-xorg-video-siliconmotion
98 xserver-xorg-video-sisusb
87 xserver-xorg-video-tdfx
161 xserver-xorg-video-trident
50 xserver-xorg-video-vesa
157 zeitgeist-datahub
350 zenity
1716 zenity-common
573 zip
157 zlib1g

On RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, run:

$ sudo rpm -qa --queryformat '%10{size} - %-25{name} \t %{version}\n' | sort -n

Here, the “%10{size}” parameter indicates that the size should be aligned right and padded by 10 characters. The “%-25{name}” sets the package name to be aligned left and padded to 25 characters. Finally, "sort" command will sort the result line as per the specified numeric value (-n).

Sample output:

This command will display the installed packages by size. Largest packages packages will be displayed last.

 0 - basesystem 10.0
 0 - filesystem 3.2
 0 - gpg-pubkey 352c64e5
 0 - gpg-pubkey f4a80eb5
 0 - libreport-filesystem 2.1.11
 180 - selinux-policy 3.13.1
 599 - rootfiles 8.1
 120273417 - glibc-common 2.17
 132737027 - kernel 3.10.0
 132756803 - kernel 3.10.0
 142671431 - kernel 3.10.0
 142686493 - kernel 3.10.0

3. Find installed applications with size using Pacgraph

Pacgraph visualizes the installed applications in a pretty graph. It was originally developed for Arch Linux and its derivatives. Now, it is ported to other distros as well.

To install it in Arch Linux and its derivatives, run:

$ sudo pacman -S pacgraph

On Ubuntu 16.04:

$ sudo apt-get install pacgraph

Well, we have installed pacgraph. Let us now see how to find the installed applications withe disk space consumed by them using command:

$ sudo pacgraph -c

Sample output:

Here is the sample output from my Arch Linux desktop. The largest packages will be shown first.

Autodetected Arch.
Loading package info
warning: ttf-font found in ['ttf-dejavu-ib', 'ttf-liberation-ib', 'ttf-oxygen'], assuming ttf-dejavu-ib
Total size: 6968MB
563MB qt5-examples
541MB libreoffice-fresh
337MB virtualbox
206MB go-tools
27648B which
27648B acpi
24576B caja-open-terminal
5120B systemd-sysvcompat

If your system has graphical DE, you can easily display the graph of all installed packages by running:

$ pacgraph-tk


That's it. You know now how to find the currently installed applications along with the disk space consumed by them in Linux. This can be useful when you want to get rid of unwanted applications in your system to free up some space.


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Jack January 4, 2017 - 7:44 pm

Ubuntu and it’s derivatives? Debian and it’s derivatives you mean!

SK January 5, 2017 - 6:30 am

I meant Ubuntu and derivatives like Linux Mint. Sorry for the confusion. I corrected it now.

gamesbook January 9, 2017 - 6:33 am

`sudo apt-get install pacgraph` does not work on Ubuntu 14.04

SK January 9, 2017 - 2:45 pm

I checked it in Ubuntu 16.04. It is working! May be you should try Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. I have now updated the same in this guide.

gamesbook January 9, 2017 - 5:35 pm

I don’t have that version installed – maybe in future.


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