How to find source code for a particular package?

Avi Greenbury lists at
Sat Dec 10 19:07:20 UTC 2011

Chris Green wrote:

> If I have a package installed (as in a name in the package column in
> synaptic) how do I find (and download) the corresponding source code?

Assuming you have the relevant deb-src repository enabled for the repo
the package itself came in (you do by default for the ubuntu repos),
you can do

apt-get source <packagename>

It will then extract the source into a directory in your current
working directory.


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