build-essential - Informational list of build-essential packages

Property Value
Distribution Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository Ubuntu Main i386
Package name build-essential
Package version 12.1ubuntu2
Package architecture i386
Package type deb
Installed size 20 B
Download size 4.64 KB
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If you do not plan to build Debian packages, you don't need this
package.  Starting with dpkg (>= 1.14.18) this package is required
for building Debian packages.
This package contains an informational list of packages which are
considered essential for building Debian packages.  This package also
depends on the packages on that list, to make it easy to have the
build-essential packages installed.
If you have this package installed, you only need to install whatever
a package specifies as its build-time dependencies to build the
package.  Conversely, if you are determining what your package needs
to build-depend on, you can always leave out the packages this
package depends on.
This package is NOT the definition of what packages are
build-essential; the real definition is in the Debian Policy Manual.
This package contains merely an informational list, which is all
most people need.   However, if this package and the manual disagree,
the manual is correct.


Package Version Architecture Repository
build-essential_12.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb 12.1ubuntu2 amd64 Ubuntu Main
build-essential - - -


Name Value
dpkg-dev >= 1.17.11
g++ >= 4:5.2
gcc >= 4:5.2
libc-dev -
libc6-dev -
make -


Type URL
Binary Package build-essential_12.1ubuntu2_i386.deb
Source Package build-essential

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install build-essential deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install build-essential




2015-09-04 - Matthias Klose <>
build-essential (12.1ubuntu2) wily; urgency=medium
* Build crossbuild-essential-s390x.
2015-08-02 - Matthias Klose <>
build-essential (12.1ubuntu1) wily; urgency=medium
* Merge with Debian; remaining changes:
2015-08-02 - Matthias Klose <>
build-essential (12.1) unstable; urgency=medium
* Bump dependencies on gcc and g++ to 5.2.
* Fix generating essential-package-list files for !linux targets (Pino
Toscano). Closes: #772593. 
* Update package lists.
2014-10-24 - Matthias Klose <>
build-essential (12) experimental; urgency=medium
* Update package lists.
* Add missing architectures to the cross list (Thorsten Glaser).
Closes: #697702.
* Enable cross builds for armel, armhf, arm64, mipsel, powerpc, ppc64el.
Closes: #766551.
2013-11-26 - Matthias Klose <>
build-essential (11.6ubuntu6) trusty; urgency=low
* Update package lists.
2013-08-06 - Matthias Klose <>
build-essential (11.6ubuntu5) saucy; urgency=low
* Add package list for AArch64.
2013-01-12 - Adam Conrad <>
build-essential (11.6ubuntu4) raring; urgency=low
* Remove pkgbinarymangler from list.cross, it's not build-essential
for native builds, so it's not build-essential for cross either.
2013-01-08 - Matthias Klose <>
build-essential (11.6ubuntu3) raring; urgency=low
* Build-depend on python3:any instead of python3.
2013-01-08 - Matthias Klose <>
build-essential (11.6ubuntu2) raring; urgency=low
* Regenerate the control file.
2013-01-08 - Matthias Klose <>
build-essential (11.6ubuntu1) raring; urgency=low
* Merge with Debian; remaining changes:
- Build cross packages for arm64, armhf and powerpc.
- Add pkgbinarymangler to the list of essential cross packages.
* Update essential packages lists (Ubuntu archs only).

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