GNOME Software
The logo since version 40 alpha (December 2020)[1][2]
The logo since version 40 alpha (December 2020)[1][2]
GNOME Software 40.1 on Fedora 34.png
GNOME Software 41
Initial releaseSeptember 25, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-09-25)[3]
Stable release
42.1[4] Edit this on Wikidata / 26 April 2022; 4 months ago (26 April 2022)
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeApp store, Digital distribution
LicenseGNU General Public License

GNOME Software is a utility for installing applications and updates on Linux. It is part of the GNOME Core Applications, and was introduced in GNOME 3.10.[3]

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,[5] and re-branded it as "Ubuntu Software".

It also supports fwupd for servicing of system firmware.[6]

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.[7]


The goals and use cases that GNOME Software targets as of November 2020:[8]

Primary goals
Secondary goals
The features of GNOME Software 40.3
The features of GNOME Software 40.3

See also


  1. ^ "app icon: more colorful bag (!569) · Merge requests · GNOME / gnome-software". GitLab. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  2. ^ "NEWS · main · GNOME / Gnome-software".
  3. ^ a b "GNOME 3.10 Released!". GNOME. 25 September 2013.
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  5. ^ "Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will dump the Ubuntu Software Center for GNOME Software". PC World.
  6. ^ "fwupd: Simple, Open-Source Device Firmware Updating". Phoronix. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  7. ^ "GNOME Software Moving Forward With Disabling Snap Plugin - Phoronix". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  8. ^ "doc/ · main · GNOME / gnome-software · GitLab". Archived from the original on 2020-11-24. Retrieved 2021-08-16.