How To Install qrouter on Kali Linux

In this guide, we’ll discuss How To Install qrouter on Kali Linux. Also, we will demonstrate how to uninstall and update qrouter.

One-liner install command

For those in a hurry, here's a one-line installation command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt -y install qrouter

But if you are interested in the detailed steps with descriptions, the following information is for you.

What is qrouter and what are the ways to install it?

Before beginning this tutorial, you will need access to a server or computer running Kali Linux. This guide was written specifically with a server running Kali Linux in mind, although it should also work on older, supported versions of the operating system.

Also, make sure you are running a regular, non-root user with sudo privileges configured on your server. When you have an account available, log in as your non-root user to begin.

There are several ways to install qrouter on Kali Linux. You can use (links are clickable):

In the following sections, we will describe each method in detail. You can choose one of them or refer to the recommended one.

Install qrouter using apt-get

First, update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt-get database, You can install qrouter using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install qrouter

Install qrouter using apt

Because qrouter is available in Kali Linux’s default repositories, it is possible to install it from these repositories using the apt packaging system.

To begin, update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, You can install qrouter using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install qrouter

Install qrouter using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Kali Linux. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating aptitude database, You can install qrouter by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install qrouter

How to upgrade (update) a single package qrouter using apt-get?

First, you will need to update packages index. Run update command as usual:

sudo apt-get update

Next, to upgrade only the qrouter, e.g. single package, you should use the following format with the apt-get command/apt command:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install qrouter

Note that this command will not install any new packages! If you wish to install the package if it doesn't exist you may leave out --only-upgrade part.

How To Uninstall qrouter from Kali Linux

To uninstall only the qrouter package you can execute the following command:

sudo apt-get remove qrouter

Uninstall qrouter and all its dependencies

To uninstall qrouter and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Kali Linux, you can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove qrouter

Remove qrouter with all configurations and data

To remove qrouter configuration and data from your system you can run the following purge command:

sudo apt-get -y purge qrouter

Remove qrouter completely (configurations, data and all of its dependencies)

And lastly, you can run the next command to remove absolutely everything related to qrouter package, e.g.: configurations, data and all of its dependencies. Just use this command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge qrouter

Extra info and code examples

Qrouter is a tool to generate metal layers and vias to physically connect together a netlist in a VLSI fabrication technology. It is a maze router, otherwise known as an "over-the-cell" router or "sea-of-gates" router. That is, unlike a channel router, it begins with a description of placed standard cells, usually packed together at minimum spacing, and places metal routes over the standard cells. Qrouter uses the open standard LEF and DEF formats as file input and output. It takes the cell definitions from a LEF file, and analyzes the geometry for each cell to determine contact points and route obstructions. It then reads the cell placement, pin placement, and netlist from a DEF file, performs the detailed route, and writes an annotated DEF file as output.

Conclusion

You now have a full guide on how to install qrouter using apt, apt-get and aptitude tools. Also, we showed how to update as a single package and different ways to uninstall the qrouter from Kali Linux.

See also:

How To Install qrouter on Kali Linux

How To Install qrouter on Debian 11

How To Install qrouter on Fedora 34

How To Install qrouter on CentOS 8

How To Install qrouter on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install qrouter on Ubuntu 21.04

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