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I'm a little new to this so pardon me.

I am following a book which requires me to do "sudo apt-get install..." on an Ubuntu OS, but I only have a Mac. Found a UNIX executable in my Mac installed by default named "apt". I assume "apt" was the same as "apt-get", but when I typed in the relevant commands I get:

-bash: apt-get: command not found

OR (when I split "apt" and "-get" with a space)

apt: invalid flag: -get
Usage: apt <apt and javac options> <source files>
where apt options include:
  -classpath <path>          Specify where to find user class files and annotation processor factories
  -cp <path>                 Specify where to find user class files and annotation processor factories
  -d <path>                  Specify where to place processor and javac generated class files
  -s <path>                  Specify where to place processor generated source files
  -source <release>          Provide source compatibility with specified release
  -version                   Version information
  -help                      Print a synopsis of standard options; use javac -help for more options
  -X                         Print a synopsis of nonstandard options
  -J<flag>                   Pass <flag> directly to the runtime system
  -A[key[=value]]            Options to pass to annotation processors
  -nocompile                 Do not compile source files to class files
  -print                     Print out textual representation of specified types
  -factorypath <path>        Specify where to find annotation processor factories
  -factory <class>           Name of AnnotationProcessorFactory to use; bypasses default discovery process
See javac -help for information on javac options.

Is apt and apt-get the same thing?

I am trying to install python3-minimal, and other digital forensic tools.

P.S. This question does relate to: What's the equivalent of Ubuntu's apt-get command on a Mac and What is the difference between Linux (Ubuntu) and Mac shell commands?, but those posts don't deal directly with the fact that there is an apt UNIX executable on the Mac.

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If you want a good package manager for OS X, try Homebrew – demure May 26 '13 at 5:06
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They are two unrelated commands. If you run man apt on your Mac, it appears to be a tool for Java development. From the man page:


The tool apt, annotation processing tool, includes a set of new reflective APIs and supporting infrastructure to process program annotations. The apt reflective APIs provide a build-time, source-based, read-only view of program structure. These reflective APIs are designed to cleanly model the JavaTM programming language's type system after the addition of generics.

man, however, is the same tool on both platforms, so it's a useful resource regardless of your knowledge level. Running man <command> will display help associated with that command.

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