I updated Ubuntu last night (sudo apt get update && sudo apt get upgrade) and to my surprise this morning I didn't find the 'Ubuntu Software' app and there's a new entry called 'Snap Store' which when opened looks just like the old 'Ubuntu Software' app.

So has 'Ubunu Software' been renamed to 'Snap Store'? And if yes, why?

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There are two different software apps in Ubuntu 20.04, Software enter image description here and Snap Store enter image description here . The Snap Store and the Software app can be installed alongside each other without removing either app. If Ubuntu Software got removed in 20.04 it can be reinstalled by running sudo apt install gnome-software. If the snap-store is not currently installed it can be installed if by running sudo snap install snap-store.

Ubuntu Software icon in Ubuntu 22.04: enter image description here

GNOME Software icon in Ubuntu 22.04: enter image description here

All the apps in the Snap Store are snap packages. If you're searching for a snap package it's more convenient to search for it in the Snap Store, because sometimes the same app has two packages in Ubuntu Software, an apt package and a snap package, but the same app has only one snap package in the Snap Store. If you're searching for an apt package and don't want to use the terminal you may want to install the old Ubuntu Software app with sudo apt install gnome-software. When you install the gnome-software package in Ubuntu 20.04 it is named Software, and the app that was named Ubuntu Software in the default installation is renamed as Snap Store. In Ubuntu 22.04 and later the Software app's name has been changed back to Ubuntu Software and clicking the orange shopping bag Ubuntu Software icon launches the Snap Store instead.

The Snap Store itself is a snap package, so it can be installed in any Linux distribution that supports snap packages without causing package management issues. snapd has been ported to a wide range of Linux distributions to enable snaps to be used across any Linux distribution, including Debian, Kali Linux, Raspbian, Fedora, CentOS, Arch Linux, Manjaro Linux, and openSUSE.

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Snap Store

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    @MekacherAnis Installing the Snap Store app will not remove the Ubuntu Software app. Ubuntu Software and the Snap Store can both be installed alongside each other.
    – karel
    Jun 20, 2020 at 9:45
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    Thank you for taking the time to explain and I understand what you said, but I didn't remove the ubuntu software center, it got removed all by itself after the update and the snap store -which I didn't have before- got installed. So my question is wy would they do that ?
    – AnotherOne
    Jun 20, 2020 at 9:50
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    If Ubuntu Software got removed for any reason such as a bug in 20.04 it can be reinstalled by running sudo apt install gnome-software.
    – karel
    Jun 20, 2020 at 9:53
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    This answer doesn't appear to be correct because "gnome-software" is not the same store as "Ubuntu Software" was before. "Ubuntu Software" was snap-store snap under the hood. Following these instructions does not restore the renamed Ubuntu Software with the orange icon, it installs a different app with a THIRD icon.
    – Steve M
    Jun 20, 2020 at 17:56
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    You should edit your answer. Running snap-store in the terminal launch Ubuntu Software, Orange bag like icon.. but it is really Snap Store in the hood, the true snap store package, not an alt. Installing and running gnome-software run the "true" old software manager where you can choose between snap package and deb packages... and its icon is blue. Well done Canonical... Jun 21, 2020 at 23:34

Canonical replaced the old snap store on Ubuntu with their own snap version (it was a rather controversial decision). To replace it with old version use:

snap remove snap-store
sudo apt install gnome-software

It will remove the new version of the store and install a classic one. If you still want to use snap packages, then:

sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-snap

It will add support of snap, but if you prefer Flatpak then:

sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Then restart.


I found exactly the same issue today, no 'Ubuntu Software' after the last update on Ubuntu 20.04, but Snap Store got installed. So, it looks like a bug.

sudo apt install gnome-software

is solving the problem.

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    You can remove the snap store with snap remove snap-store. It's not a bug, is the Canonical intention to move away from deb and other packaging managers to only use snap and snap store. Nov 7, 2020 at 7:19
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    Can someone confirm this was done on purpose? Because that's Microsoft level of disrespect for users IMO. Is it so hard to ask before you force major changes on someone's whole computer system that they're not expecting? This is the sort of thing I'd leave Ubuntu for (after ~16y).
    – pbhj
    Feb 12, 2021 at 22:40

None of these answers actually restored the orange icon to refer to the snap-store snap as was originally installed, and the way it was intended to be by Canonical.

The actual way to do this if you have the "Snap Store" app with the blue-green icon is to run snap refresh snap-store --channel=stable/ubuntu-20.04

Then you will once again have an orange icon called "Ubuntu Software" which opens snap-store snap.

I think there was an update that fixed this bug on its own, but if you messed with stuff to try to fix it, you might be stuck with the "Snap Store" like I was.


As my snap store app was apparently hanging and search function was not working properly, i decided to install gnome-store in my ubuntu 20.04 and removed snap store. However, I later changed my mind and decided to re-install snap store. But to my surprise, it was showing as snap store, not ubuntu software. The steps I followed to reclaim the old ubuntu software (snap store) are:

  1. Completely removed and purged gnome-software using sudo apt purge gnome-software

  2. Then removed the snap-store using snap remove snap-store

  3. Then re-installed snap store using snap install snap-store

  4. To regain the standard ubuntu icon, use the following command:-

    snap refresh snap-store --channel=stable/ubuntu-20.04

This fixes the issue !!

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