What are Debian Standard System Utilities?

Debian standard system utilities are the command line tools required for the basic operation of Debian Linux. Debian is one of the most known Linux OS used by a huge community of Linux users.

Every release of Debian comes up with hundreds of applications to make their user’s life convenient. Debian provides different command line tools that are used to perform different operations such as editing files and managing packages.

However, when Debian is being installed on the computer, it prompts a list of software to install along with its installation. If the users forget to install the Debian standard s

stem utilities then it can be installed by the methods explained in this post. 

What are the Debian Standard System Utilities?

When Debian is being installed on the computer, a list of the packages is displayed on the screen to choose the software that is supposed to be installed. Select the basic software which are essential for performing different tasks also explained in the below-mentioned section. 

Package Manager

The one and most important system utility is the package manager. It is used to manage the packages on Debian by installing, updating, and removing them. 

There are different types of Package managers but the most important which should be known to the Debian users are:

APT package Manager: It comes pre-installed on Debian and its derived Linux distributions. It is used to manage the packages on Debian using the terminal. 

Users can explore more about the “apt command” from the mentioned blog

dpkg Package Manager: Another package manager is the “dpkg” which is the primary package manager on Debian for managing the packages. 

Open the mentioned blog in another tab to discover the installation and usage of the dpkg in Debian-based Linux distributions such as Ubuntu. 

System Administrative Utilities

After installing the package manager, it’s time to make sure that the system administrative utility is being installed. This is used to manage the services of Debian such as to enable and start the service of “Apache2”. 

The “systemd” command utility to manage the services and system is already pre-installed on Debian 12. To find out the usage of the systemd command utility, users are requested to go through the mentioned post

System Monitoring Tools

Now install make sure the system monitoring tools are installed on the computer. These are used to monitor the activity of the system and optimize the performance of the computer. 

Different tools can be used for this purpose such as the top command is used to monitor the kernel tasks of the system. Also, the htop command is used to monitor the usage and performance of the CPU. 

Network Tools in Debian

Network tools are essential to be installed on Debian as they can monitor the incoming and outgoing traffic of the system through system ports. For this purpose, the Netstat package is already installed on the computer. 

To understand the usage of the “netstat” package, open the following post in the new tab. 

Security Tools in Debian

After making sure that the network tools are installed, ensure the installation of the “UFW” on Debian. The UFW command line tool is used to manage the system ports for the management of the system traffic. 

The installation and usage of the UFW can be explored from the mentioned article

Text Editors in Debian

For editing and creating the text files, and program scripts, and making changes in the configuration files, text editors are required. For this purpose, the Nano GNU text editor comes pre-installed on Debian 12 and its usage can be learned from the following post

When all these mentioned packages are installed on Debian, users can perform all the basic operations on it. Some other packages including Python, Teamviewer, and OpenSSL are used for advanced operations. 

All the Debian standard system tools have been explained in this post. 


Debian standard system utilities are the collection of the command line tools that are required for the basic operation of Debian. These standard system tools include package managers, system monitoring tools, system administrative tools, and text editors. 

All the packages of the Debian standard system utilities are explained in this post.