Get List of Default Packages on Raspberry Pi OS

There might be cases when we want to know which packages are installed on Raspberry Pi OS by default. For example, we want remove a certain installed packages to clean system and free up storage space and we can’t remember what packages are installed by default and what packages installed later.

One of the ways to solve this problem is to download Raspberry Pi OS image from the official website, write image to an SD card, boot up new OS, and execute the following command:

dpkg -l

We will get a list of installed packages:

||/ Name              Version          Architecture Description
+++-=================-================-============-========================================
ii  adduser           3.118            all          add and remove users and groups
ii  alsa-utils        1.1.8-2+rpt1     armhf        Utilities for configuring and using ALSA
ii  apt               1.8.2.3          armhf        commandline package manager
ii  apt-listchanges   3.19             all          package change history notification tool
..............

However, we need to have separate SD card and setup process will take some time.

Luckily, a list of default packages on Raspberry Pi OS is also available at official download page. Follow these steps to get a list of default packages on Raspberry Pi OS Lite (32-bit):

  1. Open the following URL: http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/raspios_lite_armhf/images
  2. Choose OS release:
Raspberry Pi OS Lite (32-bit) releases
  1. Download the .info file:
Raspberry Pi OS Lite (32-bit) image files

The following table provides download links of Raspberry Pi images:

No.Raspberry Pi OS
1.Raspberry Pi OS Lite (32-bit)
2.Raspberry Pi OS Lite (64-bit)
3.Raspberry Pi OS with desktop (32-bit)
4.Raspberry Pi OS with desktop (64-bit)
5.Raspberry Pi OS with desktop and recommended software (32-bit)

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