Interactive package manager and resource monitor designed for the GNU/Linux.



pkgtop is an interactive package manager & resource monitor tool designed for the GNU/Linux.

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Package management (install/upgrade/remove etc.) can be a problem if the user is not familiar with the operating system or the required command for that operation. So pkgtop tries to solve this problem with an easy-to-use terminal interface and shortcut keys. Briefly, pkgtop aims to provide a terminal dashboard for managing packages on GNU/Linux systems. Using the terminal dashboard, it's possible to list installed packages by size (or alphabetically with -a argument), show information about the package, install/upgrade/remove packages and search package. Also, there are other handy shortcuts for easing the package management process which mentioned in the usage information.

In addition to the package management features, there's a section at the top of the dashboard that shows disk usages and general system information. For example, this section can be used as a resource monitor and help decide whether the system should be cleaned or not.
Another useful section is the 'executed' or 'confirm to execute' command list which is placed below the installed packages. Thus, the user can see which command executed recently or confirm & execute the selected command. (The commands that need confirmation to execute exist in the list with a prefix like "[y]".) After scrolling the commands list with "c" key for selecting the command to execute, press "y" for executing it. pkgtop will execute the command and restart the terminal dashboard afterwards.

pkgtop uses the advantage of mainly used package managers being installed on most of the preferred GNU/Linux distributions. As an example, it works on a Manjaro based system as it works on Arch Linux systems since both distributions use the Pacman package manager. You can use pkgtop if you have one of the package managers listed below.

  • pacman
  • apt
  • zypp
  • dnf
  • xbps
  • portage
  • nix
  • guix

If you are happy user of Arch-based distributive, you can use pkgtop with pacman wrappers and AUR supporters, such as yay or trizen. Look to this section for details.

If the distribution is not defined in the source but has the required package manager for running the pkgtop, -d argument can be used for specifying a distribution that has the same package manager. Current defined and supported distributions are arch, manjaro, debian, ubuntu, mint, suse, fedora, centos, redhat, void, gentoo, nixos, guix.


• Dependencies

• AUR (pkgtop-git)

git clone && cd pkgtop-git/
makepkg --install

• Manual Installation

go get ./...
go build src/pkgtop.go
sudo mv pkgtop /usr/local/bin/

Preferably, go install command can be used.

Command-Line Arguments

-h, show help message
-d, select linux distribution
-c, main color of the dashboard (default: blue)
   [red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, white]
-pacman, pacman backend for arch-based distributions (default: pacman)
-a, sort packages alphabetically
-r, reverse the package list
-v, print version

AUR Support

You can specify which pacman wrapper you should to use by launch pkgtop with -pacman option. For example, for yay support:

$ pkgtop -pacman yay

If you don't want to provide the -pacman option every time on app launch, you can create bash alias on ~/.bashrc file.


alias pkgtop='pkgtop -pacman yay'

After that you can simply launch pkgtop command and get full AUR support, provided by yay wrapper.


Key Action
? help
enter, space, tab show package information
i install package
u/ctrl-u upgrade package/with input
r/ctrl-r remove package/with input
s,/ search package
g go to package (index)
y confirm and execute the selected command
p copy selected package
e copy selected command
c scroll executed commands list
j/k, down/up scroll down/up (packages)
ctrl-j/ctrl-k scroll to bottom/top (packages)
l/h, right/left scroll down/up (disk usage)
backspace go back
q, esc, ctrl-c, ctrl-d exit

List Installed Packages & Show Package Information

List Packages & Show Information

pressed keys: down, enter, backspace

Search, Go-to Package

Search, Go-to Package

pressed keys: s, (type), enter, g, (type), enter

Install, Upgrade, Remove Package

Install, Upgrade, Remove Package

pressed keys:
i, (type), enter, y -> install
ctrl-u, (type), enter, y -> upgrade
ctrl-r, (type), enter, y -> remove

Show Disk Usage Information

Show Disk Usage Information

pressed keys: right, left

Confirm Command to Execute

Confirm Command to Execute

pressed keys: c, y

Show Help

Show Help

pressed key: ?


Build Docker Image

docker build -f docker/Dockerfile -t pkgtop-docker .

Run the Container

docker run pkgtop-docker

Start a shell in the Container

docker run -it pkgtop-docker /bin/ash


Fedora Screenshot

Manjaro-Mint Screenshot

Debian-Ubuntu Screenshot


  • Add 'paste' feature


If you would like to support the development of pkgtop and my other open source projects, consider becoming a patron.


GNU General Public License (v3)


Copyright (c) 2019-2020, orhun

  • Ubuntu PPA?

    Ubuntu PPA?


    Any chance of getting this on an Ubuntu PPA?

    Not sure what's involved in getting this to happen but would be a nice thing for noobs like me to get this working and maintained on our systems :)

    opened by domacikolaci 6
  • Any thoughts on supporting Gentoo?

    Any thoughts on supporting Gentoo?

    As the title says, any chance on supporting Gentoo (portage)?

    I've never worked with Go before, so I don't know how much I can help on that front. However I'm currently using Gentoo and I can help you with any commands you might need. (I saw that you call the package managers in the code for various information, which is why I brought it up.)

    opened by Phate6660 6
  • Don't work on arch

    Don't work on arch

    When I try to do something, it crashes.

    For example, press '?' twice. No help, no navigation, no search, no installation.

    panic: runtime error: index out of range
    goroutine 1 [running]:*List).Draw(0xc00011e5a0, 0xc000084360)
    	/home/lol/go/pkg/mod/[email protected]/widgets/list.go:47 +0x8f4*Grid).Draw(0xc00011c1a0, 0xc000084360)
    	/home/lol/go/pkg/mod/[email protected]/grid.go:157 +0x1bb, 0x2, 0x2)
    	/home/lol/go/pkg/mod/[email protected]/render.go:25 +0x2a2
    main.start(0x555d6e, 0xc, 0x0)
    	pkgtop.go:560 +0x377c
    	pkgtop.go:648 +0x2bb

    Arch linux, including testing repo. Go version: go1.12.9 linux/amd64

    opened by Feresey 5
  • Voidlinux (xbps) support?

    Voidlinux (xbps) support?

    I'll be able to help with command outputs.

    xbps-query ->

    manual ->

    opened by lugubris 4
  • Support Nix (nixpkgs)

    Support Nix (nixpkgs)

    It's known for its somewhat subpar CLI user experience so it would be especially great to have have Nix integrated with this "universal" interface.

    opened by Shou 2
  • Fedora package

    Fedora package

    Hi, I'm a Fedora packager. I'm keeping an eye on the project and will try to get it into Fedora once it matures a bit. It requires submitting the termui package and this one, but both seem to be fairly simple.

    opened by gombosg 1
  • Partial upgrades are unsupported in Arch

    Partial upgrades are unsupported in Arch

    pacman -Sy is specifically unsupported in Arch and could lead to dependency issues, according to the Arch wiki.

    opened by BrianAllred 1
  • Might need to add a go.mod file to the src directory

    Might need to add a go.mod file to the src directory

    I tried installing pkgtop using the AUR method, but it failed with the following error message:

    go: cannot determine module path for source directory ... (outside GOPATH, no import comments)

    I noticed there wasn't any go.mod file for this project so I added one and after that I was able to install without any issues.

    go 1.12
    require ( v0.1.2 v1.0.0 v3.1.0
    opened by ZahFox 1
  • Out of bounds rendering crash

    Out of bounds rendering crash

    Hi, first of all thanks for the tool! It seems like it can be very useful. I ran into this out of bounds bug, here are the steps to reproduce:

    • run pkgtop
    • press s
    • enter query for package that gives multiple results (without pressing enter)
    • press down arrow couple of times to look at another package
    • press ?

    The program should crash with this stack trace:

    panic: runtime error: index out of range
    goroutine 1 [running]:
    opened by DSsoto 1
  • Unable to locate package pkgtop

    Unable to locate package pkgtop

    Hi there, came from your Reddit post!

    I wanted to install it using apt and Ubuntu in WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux):

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install pkgtop

    but got:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package pkgtop

    Any ideas?

    opened by ricardoboss 1
  • Fix: debian package sizes

    Fix: debian package sizes

    5.6.20. Installed-Size

    This field appears in the control files of binary packages, and in the Packages files. It gives an estimate of the total amount of disk space required to install the named package. Actual installed size may vary based on block size, file system properties, or actions taken by package maintainer scripts.

    The disk space is given as the integer value of the estimated installed size in bytes, divided by 1024 and rounded up.

    opened by yunginnanet 0
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