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How to Find the Installed Package’s Date and Time in Linux System

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Written by Santosh Prasad

In this article I will show you how to find the installed packages date and time in Linux system.

Find the Installed Package’s Date and Time

You can use the below command to find the packages installed date and time on your system.

# rpm -qa --last
epel-release-6-8.noarch                       Fri 03 Nov 2017 08:43:13 AM MSK
libcom_err-1.41.12-23.el6.i686                Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:39 PM MSD
libacl-2.2.49-7.el6_9.1.i686                  Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:39 PM MSD
kernel-headers-2.6.32-696.13.2.el6.x86_64     Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:39 PM MSD
e2fsprogs-libs-1.41.12-23.el6.i686            Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:39 PM MSD
tzdata-2017b-1.el6.noarch                     Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:38 PM MSD
ssdeep-libs-2.14-1.el6.x86_64                 Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:37 PM MSD
pcsc-lite-libs-1.5.2-16.el6.x86_64            Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:37 PM MSD
libsodium-last-1.0.14-1.el6.remi.x86_64       Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:37 PM MSD
firebird-libfbclient-2.5.7.27050.0-1.el6.x86_64 Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:37 PM MSD
scl-utils-build-20120927-29.el6_9.x86_64      Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
scl-utils-20120927-29.el6_9.x86_64            Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
nginx-filesystem-1.10.2-1.el6.noarch          Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
libsphinxclient-2.0.8-1.el6.remi.x86_64       Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
expat-2.0.1-13.el6_8.x86_64                   Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
blackfire-php-1.18.0-1.x86_64                 Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:34 PM MSD
kernel-devel-2.6.32-696.13.2.el6.x86_64       Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:33 PM MSD
strace-4.8-11.el6.x86_64                      Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:28 PM MSD
rrdtool-1.3.8-10.el6.x86_64                   Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:28 PM MSD
db4-utils-4.7.25-22.el6.x86_64                Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:28 PM MSD
acl-2.2.49-7.el6_9.1.x86_64                   Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:28 PM MSD
vim-enhanced-7.4.629-5.el6_8.1.x86_64         Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:27 PM MSD
libXv-1.0.11-1.el6.x86_64                     Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:27 PM MSD
....
...

You can also use more command using piping to easy view like below:

# rpm -qa --last | more
epel-release-6-8.noarch                       Fri 03 Nov 2017 08:43:13 AM MSK
libcom_err-1.41.12-23.el6.i686                Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:39 PM MSD
libacl-2.2.49-7.el6_9.1.i686                  Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:39 PM MSD
kernel-headers-2.6.32-696.13.2.el6.x86_64     Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:39 PM MSD
e2fsprogs-libs-1.41.12-23.el6.i686            Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:39 PM MSD
tzdata-2017b-1.el6.noarch                     Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:38 PM MSD
ssdeep-libs-2.14-1.el6.x86_64                 Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:37 PM MSD
pcsc-lite-libs-1.5.2-16.el6.x86_64            Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:37 PM MSD
libsodium-last-1.0.14-1.el6.remi.x86_64       Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:37 PM MSD
firebird-libfbclient-2.5.7.27050.0-1.el6.x86_64 Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:37 PM MSD
scl-utils-build-20120927-29.el6_9.x86_64      Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
scl-utils-20120927-29.el6_9.x86_64            Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
nginx-filesystem-1.10.2-1.el6.noarch          Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
libsphinxclient-2.0.8-1.el6.remi.x86_64       Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
expat-2.0.1-13.el6_8.x86_64                   Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:36 PM MSD
blackfire-php-1.18.0-1.x86_64                 Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:34 PM MSD
kernel-devel-2.6.32-696.13.2.el6.x86_64       Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:33 PM MSD
strace-4.8-11.el6.x86_64                      Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:28 PM MSD
rrdtool-1.3.8-10.el6.x86_64                   Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:28 PM MSD
db4-utils-4.7.25-22.el6.x86_64                Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:28 PM MSD
acl-2.2.49-7.el6_9.1.x86_64                   Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:28 PM MSD
vim-enhanced-7.4.629-5.el6_8.1.x86_64         Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:27 PM MSD
libXv-1.0.11-1.el6.x86_64                     Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:27 PM MSD

Now hit enter to view more output.

You can also use grep command to find the date and time for particular package. For example to find the installation date and time of all packages with string kernel use below command:

# rpm -qa --last | grep kernel
kernel-headers-2.6.32-696.13.2.el6.x86_64     Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:39 PM MSD
kernel-devel-2.6.32-696.13.2.el6.x86_64       Tue 24 Oct 2017 03:38:33 PM MSD
kernel-devel-2.6.32-696.10.2.el6.x86_64       Wed 27 Sep 2017 01:23:31 PM MSD

To get information about a specific package, specify the package_name in the command:

# rpm -qa --last firefox
firefox-52.2.0-1.el6_9.x86_64                 Tue 22 Aug 2017 12:27:05 AM IST

Format The Output

You can also format the output with the help of below command as per your needs. For example:

# rpm -qa --queryformat '(%{installtime:date}) %{name}\n' firefox
(Tue 22 Aug 2017 12:27:05 AM IST) firefox
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