Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

My ubuntu was remove ubuntu software center because i want to reinstall again.but i used terminal...i cannot to install ubuntu software center..

:~$ sudo apt-get install software-center
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package software-center is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source


share|improve this question
How was it removed?.. –  Uri Herrera Nov 30 '11 at 11:49
please add to your question the terminal output of sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade as well as cat /etc/apt/sources.list –  fossfreedom Nov 30 '11 at 11:51
isn't the software center installed by default? where did it go? –  TheX Aug 8 '12 at 2:30
add comment

2 Answers

You can install synaptic:

Install via the software center

or via: sudo apt-get install synaptic

and than install software-center from syanptic.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Yes sometimes you get broken packages and then run:

sudo apt-get autoremove

to fix them. Sometimes it removes important software. Take care what you do and then install it right back after you notice it missing.

sudo apt-get install -f

Fixes some of it.

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Will install Synaptic and then you can choose packages there easier than on the command line. I suggest it for newbies who want to see what packages are available to install.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.