so, now the GNOME software center shows few apps. All I did is install a few apps, mostly games like Five or more, Connect 4, apps like Evolution, that email client, then uninstalled them and now I have fewer apps than before available to install. Killing gnome-software won't fix it. Seems nobody has reported this in this Q&A, so here it goes some proof. enter image description here

How do I make it so it shows more apps like audio stuff? (yes I'm spanish don't judge me please) PD None of the answers here work. I've tried them and it still has only got 8 apps.

Afterwards I've got this tough dude in the lower corner of the screen:enter image description here

Translated means: "An error has occurred while checking for updates". Now I did what it said here and it's worse. Thanks, reporters! Anyway, I made sure that my system was up-to-date, it is. And so, the icon is still there.

Reinstalling won't help either, stuff is still the same after a purge reinstall.

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    Possible duplicate of Ubuntu 16.04 software center doesn't have much apps
    – Jos
    Jun 29 '18 at 12:00
  • Maybe you could expand on "All I did is install a few apps then uninstalled them and boom!" Which were these "few apps"?
    – DK Bose
    Jun 29 '18 at 12:16
  • @Jos Killing gnome-software doesn't help the issue.
    – Psionikal
    Jun 29 '18 at 13:10
  • Same issue after installing updated. I have killed the gnome-software. But not helpful. It reappears once software centre restart.
    – Aravind
    Jun 30 '18 at 9:16
  • The red exclamation point in your lower left screen indicates there is a problem with your package management. You will need to fix that first. The command "sudo apt update" probably will give you error messages.
    – vanadium
    Jul 16 '18 at 10:58

I meet the same problem. And I find a solution on another forum thread. It is work on my computer. The below is taken from another thread.

$pkill gnome-software
$sudo rm -r /var/cache/app-info
$sudo appstreamcli refresh --force --verbose

The link of solution from


I've got the same and this is not an answer but an observation. All the packages it shows are snap packages, if you search is only lists snap packages, if you look at installed it only shows installed snap packages.

(I would rather put this in a comment but I've not enough reputation to do that)

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    I don't use the software center for snap packages, but all packages, .deb inclued.
    – Psionikal
    Jun 30 '18 at 10:10
  • @RazorManage89 me too , the observation I made is that , the few apps gnome-software is showing now are only snap packages and not all other packages as it used to
    – Melv
    Jun 30 '18 at 10:46
  • which is the bug, gnome-software should show all packages .deb included.
    – Melv
    Jun 30 '18 at 10:54

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