|Initial release||September 25, 2013|
41.0 / 17 September 2021
|Type||App store, Digital distribution|
|License||GNU General Public License|
GNOME Software is a utility for installing the applications and updates on Linux. It is part of the GNOME Core Applications, it 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 software 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, and re-branded it as "Ubuntu Software".
It also supports fwupd for servicing of system firmware.
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.
The goals and use cases that GNOME Software targets as of November 2020: