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How To Install Tasksel on Debian 12

Install Tasksel on Debian 12

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Tasksel on Debian 12. For those of you who didn’t know, Tasksel is an advanced package management tool specifically designed for Debian-based systems. It enables system administrators to install, remove, and manage software packages seamlessly. Tasksel offers a range of pre-configured tasks that facilitate the installation of specific software packages and server configurations. These tasks, such as the LAMP server, DNS server, and mail server, ensure a consistent setup with minimal effort.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you step-by-step install Tasksel on a Debian 12 (Bookworm).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 12 (Bookworm).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Tasksel.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Tasksel on Debian 12 Bookworm

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

This command will refresh the repository, allowing you to install the latest versions of software packages.

Step 2. Installing Tasksel on Debian 12.

Once the package lists are updated, you can install Tasksel by executing the following command below:

sudo apt install tasksel

During the installation process, you will be prompted to enter your user password. Provide the password and press Enter to proceed.

To verify the successful installation of Tasksel, type the following command:

tasksel --version

Step 3. Exploring Tasksel.

Now that you have installed Tasksel, let’s explore its capabilities and available tasks:

  • Viewing Available Tasks:

To list the available tasks provided by Tasksel, execute the following command:

tasksel --list-tasks

This will display a list of tasks, each accompanied by a brief description. Take note of the tasks that interest you for future installation.

  • Selecting and Installing Tasks:

To select and install a specific task using Tasksel, execute the following command:

sudo tasksel install task-name

Replace task-name with the name of the desired task you obtained from the previous step. Tasksel will handle the installation process, ensuring that all the required packages for the task are installed.

To ensure that Tasksel is functioning correctly, follow these steps:

tasksel --help

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Tasksel. Thanks for using this tutorial to install Tasksel on Debian 12 Bookworm. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Tasksel website.

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