GNOME Software

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GNOME Software
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GNOME Software 3.36
GNOME Software 3.36
Initial releaseSeptember 25, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-09-25)[1]
Stable release3.38.1[2] (8 October 2020; 15 days ago (2020-10-08)) [±]
Preview release3.37.92[3] (13 September 2020; 40 days ago (2020-09-13)) [±]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeApp store, Digital distribution
LicenseGNU General Public License

GNOME Software is a utility for installing the applications and updates on Linux. It is part of the GNOME Core Applications and was introduced in GNOME 3.10.

It is the GNOME front-end to the PackageKit, in turn a front-end to several package management systems, which include systems based on both RPM and DEB.

The program is used to add and manage repositories as well as Ubuntu Personal Package Archives (PPA). Ubuntu replaced its previous Ubuntu Software Center program with GNOME Software starting with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS,[4] re-branded as "Ubuntu Software". It also supports fwupd for servicing of system firmware.[5]

GNOME Software removed Snap support in July 2019, due to code quality issues, lack of integration (specifically, the user can't tell what snap is doing after they click "install" and that it generally ignores GNOME's settings), and the fact that it competes with the GNOME-supported Flatpak standard.[6]

See also[edit]

  • gnome-packagekit – another GTK-based front-end for PackageKit, which unlike GNOME Software it can handle all packages, not just applications, and has advanced features that are missing in GNOME Software
  • PackageKit#Front-ends
  • AppStream


  1. ^ "GNOME 3.10 Released!". GNOME. 25 September 2013.
  2. ^ Catanzaro, Michael (8 October 2020). "GNOME 3.38.1". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  3. ^ Jardón, Javier (13 September 2020). "GNOME 3.37.92 released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will dump the Ubuntu Software Center for GNOME Software". PC World.
  5. ^ "fwupd: Simple, Open-Source Device Firmware Updating". Phoronix. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  6. ^ "GNOME Software Moving Forward With Disabling Snap Plugin - Phoronix". Retrieved 2020-07-19.

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