I just installed Ubuntu 20.04. However, I ran into an issue with Ubuntu Software Center not launching so I removed the snap and reinstalled it using the terminal. But, it was changed to "Snap Store". I tried installing the regular gnome software center using apt (sudo apt install ubuntu-software), but it is showing up as Gnome Software Center without any Ubuntu branding.

Question: How do I get the shortcut for Ubuntu Software Center back? I don't mind if it points to either the snap store or the gnome software center. I'd just like it to have the ubuntu software center branding. Thanks!


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Same thing happened to my ubuntu 20.04. The software center just went missing and along came out snap store. When I opened snap store, it is very similar with software center and it is doing the same job well. I think it snap store is now the de facto replacement for software center.

  • snap store and the previous software center (gnome-software) are not the same, and they don't necessarily do the same thing. Snap store has only snap packages, I believe, whereas gnome-software can have both apt or snap packages.
    – Lu Kas
    Sep 14, 2022 at 14:59

The below steps worked for me in Ubuntu 20.04

sudo apt update

sudo apt install ubuntu-software

Then go to Activities to search for the Software Center once the installation has completed.

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