Pre-built aptitude packages, or, what 99% of users should do

Pre-built, or binary packages are the easiest and most common way to install aptitude. You should only attempt a source install if binary packages are not available for some reason, or if you have unusual needs that are not met by binary packages.

If you are using a Debian system, execute the following command as root: apt-get install aptitude. If you are not using a Debian system, your system provider might have created a pre-built package of aptitude; if you are not sure, you can contact them for further suggestions.