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I've recently noticed an issue with Ubuntu Software Center which I have tried to resolve following the answers provided in this similar question without result and this answer in particular which partially worked but didn't persist.

The Issue

After installing 20.04 I opened Ubuntu Software Center and installed a number of apps without any problem - one of which was Stacer which I will use as an example.

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In Show Applications the app is clearly present and right clicking on the icon selecting Show Details provides the image above and it works perfectly well.

However, if I open Ubuntu Software Center and type in the search bar stacer it reports that no application is found:

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Nor is it listed when selecting the Installed tab.

This is the setup for for Software and Updates.

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There are other applications I have previously installed which are also now reported as No Application found such as gLabels, gscan2pdf and others.

Has something changed since I initially installed 20.04.1 and more importantly, how can I restore good order to the Ubuntu Software Center?

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    I have seen a similar thing and have been trying to track down the cause 😕
    – user1091774
    Mar 4, 2021 at 9:55
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    @Matigo I tracked it down and have posted an answer.
    – graham
    Mar 4, 2021 at 15:12
  • Does this answer your question? Has 'Ubuntu Software' been renamed to 'Snap Store'?
    – karel
    Mar 10, 2021 at 13:19

2 Answers 2

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It boils down to an issue between the apt and snap versions of Ubuntu Software.

This answer from an earlier question helped to provide a solution.

What I did

In terminal:

snap remove snap-store  
sudo apt-get install gnome-software

followed by

sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-snap

That installed Software enter image description here as opposed to the large yellow icon previously associated with Ubuntu Software after which the "missing" packages were then correctly listed.

There are solutions to restore the old icon if I wish (not essential) and to reinstall snap-store which can apparently co-exist with the apt version

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  • sudo apt install gnome-software
    – pierrely
    Mar 10, 2021 at 5:10
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In terminal:

snap remove snap-store

You need a

snap install snap-store

then

sudo apt-get install gnome-software

followed by

sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-snap

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