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Original author(s) Alfredo Kojima
Developer(s) Panu Matilainen
Stable release
0.5.15lorg3.2 / June 22, 2006; 10 years ago (2006-06-22)
Preview release
0.5.15lorg3.94a / January 12, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-01-12)
Written in C, C++ and Python
Operating system Linux
Type Package manager
Website www.apt-rpm.org

APT-RPM is a version of the Advanced Packaging Tool modified to work with the RPM Package Manager. It was originally ported to RPM by Alfredo Kojima and then further developed and improved by Gustavo Niemeyer, both working for the Conectiva Linux distribution at the time.

In March 2005, the maintainer of the program, Gustavo Niemeyer, announced that he would not continue developing it and that he would instead focus on Smart Package Manager, which was planned as a successor to APT-RPM.

In March 2006, development was picked up again by Panu Matilainen from Red Hat at a new home, introducing basic multilib functionality and support for common repository metadata.


Some distributions using APT-RPM for package management are:

  • ALT Linux: APT-RPM is the main, officially supported way to upgrade packages from the ALT Linux repositories in ALT Linux distributions[1] since 2001.[2]
  • openmamba: APT-RPM is the only way to upgrade packages in openmamba distribution.
  • PCLinuxOS: APT-RPM is the backend for the only official way to upgrade packages in this distribution.
  • Ark Linux: Ark had used APT-RPM as its package manager, but a transition to openSUSE's ZYpp package manager was announced for its 2009 release.
  • Vine Linux: APT-RPM has been the main, officially supported way to upgrade packages in Vine Linux distributions since 2001.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "On APT in ALT Linux" (in Russian). 
  2. ^ According to the archived Changelog of the ALT's "apt" package, it was introduced into ALT Linux Sisyphus in 2001.

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