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Raspbian claims to have "35,0000 Raspbian packages", which is great, but I'm only looking for a package or two before I install it.

Is there a browsable repository package list that I can search with a web browser without being on the device itself?

If there isn't a browser-friendly method, is there a way to download the package lists and browse through some other method?

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There is a browsable Raspbian package list at http://www.raspberryconnect.com in the software section. The packages are listed by category.

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Out of date. Seems like that list is not maintained – ppumkin Feb 17 '15 at 21:43
The package list is regularly maintained with both Jessie and Wheezy packages. – Graeme Jul 2 at 9:28

From the Raspbian.org FAQ,

The current list of packages in the Raspbian repository can be found in the text file linked below: http://archive.raspbian.org/raspbian/dists/wheezy/main/binary-armhf/Packages

WARNING The download is 32MB.

The file is plain text and a list of packages can be obtained with the following pipeline:

grep -P '^Package:' Packages | cut -d' ' -f2
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Is a normal text editor the best way to browse this, then? – Zoot Jul 20 '12 at 14:47
It is a text file you can open it with a text editor, browser, MS Word etc. Have you thought about searching for a package using apt apt-cache search "Package Name" – Steve Robillard Jul 20 '12 at 14:52
I'm not in front of the device currently, and Raspbian isn't currently installed, making apt slightly less useful to me. – Zoot Jul 20 '12 at 15:12
Open it using Notepad++ - I handles large files like this easily. Supports regular expressions too. – ppumkin Feb 17 '15 at 21:44
There are 36927 packages in this list, sorted alphabetically by package name. Copy that and package description over to a new file (with Notepad++), you get 73849 lines. It's not categorised in any way. I wouldn't call that 'browsable'. You'd be better off browsing the wheezy packages (link below in dsas' answer) and perhaps check in the raspbian list if you see something you want. – RolfBly May 17 '15 at 15:47

The raspbian distro comes with a utility called apt-cache. To search the local package repository index, use:

apt-cache search <keyword>
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This works if you have access to the device and Raspbian is already installed, but if you read the original question and other's answers does not meet the requirements of the question. – Steve Robillard Nov 4 '12 at 14:51
+1 thanks, helped me find a package. – SAMPro Jul 16 at 5:34

You can browse the Debian Wheezy packages on Debian's Wheezy page. The packages available should be virtually the same as in the Raspbian repositories.

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Raspbian could definitely use a service like this as well. And access to the bug tracker. It would be great to be able to browse the archive for packages and version on an arch easily when you aren't running raspbian. – XTL Sep 5 '12 at 7:07

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that it opened up the "Pi Store", which is a browse-able list of applications for the Raspberry Pi, including both free and paid apps.

It is not a complete package list like the Raspbian archive, but it does provide a glimpse into some of the things that are possible to install before installing Raspbian.

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Unfortunately, the Pi Store has been closed and no longer exists. – tjohnson Mar 12 at 22:40

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