How To Install zstd on Kali Linux

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

One-liner install command

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

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

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

What is zstd 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 zstd 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 zstd 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 zstd using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install zstd

Install zstd using apt

Because zstd 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 zstd using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install zstd

Install zstd 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 zstd by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install zstd

How to upgrade (update) a single package zstd 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 zstd, e.g. single package, you should use the following format with the apt-get command/apt command:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install zstd

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 zstd from Kali Linux

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

sudo apt-get remove zstd

Uninstall zstd and all its dependencies

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

sudo apt-get -y autoremove zstd

Remove zstd with all configurations and data

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

sudo apt-get -y purge zstd

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

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

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge zstd

Extra info and code examples

  • Compress a file into a new file with the .zst suffix:
    zstd file
  • Decompress a file:
    zstd -d file.zst
  • Decompress to stdout:
    zstd -dc file.zst
  • Compress a file, while specifing the compression level. 0 = Worst, 19 = Best (Default level is 3):
    zstd -level file
  • Use more memory (both when compressing and decompressing) to achieve a higher compression ratio:
    zstd --ultra -level file

Conclusion

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

See also:

How To Install zstd on CentOS 8

How To Install zstd on Kali Linux

How To Install zstd on Debian 11

How To Install zstd on Fedora 34

How To Install zstd on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install zstd on Ubuntu 21.04

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