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I need to install fuse on Ubuntu 22.04. I've tried installing via snap install fuse but that didn't work, so what is the safest way to install fuse on Ubuntu 22.04? Thanks!

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fuse is present in the Ubuntu repositories, and therefore can be safely installed.

However, it conflicts with a newer version of fuse, fuse3, which is installed by default. If you choose to use fuse rather than fuse3, you will lose some functionality that depends on fuse3.

Installing fuse indeed will cause the removal of

fuse3 gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons-ng gvfs-fuse ntfs-3g
  xdg-desktop-portal xdg-desktop-portal-gnome
  xdg-desktop-portal-gtk

In addition, the metapackages ubuntu-desktop and ubuntu-desktop-minimal will be removed.

fuse is in the software repository. Installation therefore is safe:

sudo apt install fuse

but you have to accept the consequences on functionality of the default desktop.

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    doing so will even remove xwayland and more; ubuntu sucks
    – france1
    Nov 15, 2022 at 12:23
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    This answer is useful even to repair the system in case you install "fuse" on Ubuntu>22.04. Removing the package "fuse" and reinstalling the packages "fuse3 gnome-shell... and so on" will fix the problem. Thanks @vanadium!
    – CipherX
    Feb 5, 2023 at 10:08
  • This ought to ask for a switch such as --just_do_it and not allow inadvertent removal of packages required for proper desktop operation! I inadvertently installed fuse then gnome-settings disappeared and I wondered why until I checked /var/log/apt/history.log and saw the error of my ways...
    – AnthonyK
    Mar 20, 2023 at 4:06
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    @AnthonyK Then you will end up with a borked system. That is why we have a package manager: to ensure that installed packages are compatible with each other.
    – vanadium
    Mar 20, 2023 at 9:15
  • That's true @vanadium - this was exactly my point. I've seen before where the system asks you provide a switch - such as what rm -rf / asks you to do to avoid damaging your system - so that a user doesn't inadvertently uninstall packages as important as ubuntu-desktop on a desktop.
    – AnthonyK
    Mar 20, 2023 at 9:55
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See this: https://github.com/AppImage/AppImageKit/wiki/FUSE

For example, on Ubuntu (>= 22.04):

Warning: Do not install the fuse package as of 22.04 or > you may break your system

sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo apt install libfuse2
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  • It seems that this may not work very well. I could not run one AppImage app. I got these: "error: ac63-[2022-06-06 13:59:07] GPU process crashed"
    – ile
    Jun 6, 2022 at 14:22
  • For me it did work. Tried with BalenaEtcher and worked fine. We never know :)
    – Lv2eof
    Sep 13, 2022 at 17:49
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    Yes, libfuse2 NOT fuse for >= 22.04 If you already installed fuse remove it. Then reinstall ubuntu-gnome-desktop. Don't forget to reselect the Gnome window manager at login (which disappeared when you installed fuse causing logins to FAIL.) Nov 7, 2023 at 23:32

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