Biggest packages installed by Raspbian

Raspbian is a great distribution for the Raspberry Pi. However, by default it installs a lot of big packages meant for schools and education. This is not great for many users who tend to install it on a SD card which has limited space and use it as a headless computer. I was surprised to see little space left on a 4GB SD card after installing Raspbian.

  • I was able to find the biggest packages by install size using Aptitude, as described here.

  • The biggest installed packages turned out to be:

wolfram-engine   460 MB
oracle-java8-jdk 186 MB
pypy-upstream     57 MB 
scratch           46 MB 
freepats          34 MB 

I was quite surprised to see the gigantic Wolfram and Oracle’s version of Java 8 (and not OpenJDK) being installed by default in Raspbian!

After removing the big packages that you don’t need, you can gain back a lot of space🙂

Tried with: Raspbian 7

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