I am a newbie in linux and I don't know how to open the Ubuntu Software Center via Terminal!! Please help


I'm not sure why you'd want to, but


should do it. If you want to use command line to install a package then the correct way to do it would be

sudo apt-get install package-name


sudo apt-get remove package-name

to remove it. If you want a text based package manager then you could have a look at aptitude:

sudo aptitude
  • Want to do it because all of the searches for Software Center say to click the Ubuntu icon. But there is no such icon. Some say the Software Center is in the Launcher but where the heck is that? Your "software-center" method just yields "software-center: command not found" – eddyq Feb 13 at 1:10
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    if you are running Ubuntu under WLS (WIndows) and an X-server, you are probably not running the desktop, hence want to run the tool directly. – MikeW May 22 at 8:03

For Gnome Software replacing the old Canonical Ubuntu Software Centre <software-centre> (Preinstalled on Ubuntu 16.04 and later)

Open the terminal Ctrl+Alt+T

Then type:

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    This is the up-to-date answer. – blue_chip Aug 14 '17 at 21:43
  • which might require a preliminary 'sudo apt-get install gnome-software' – MikeW May 22 at 8:08
  • in my WSL (windows) ubuntu, this launches something, but it I'm getting lots of errors e.g., libGL error: No matching fbConfigs or visuals found libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast etc. The GUI comes up, but there is no software listed as installed. – Fuhrmanator Jun 24 at 8:00

You simply enter the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and write:


and press Enter.

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    That just gives "software-center: command not found" – eddyq Feb 13 at 1:11
  • Indeed it does now. Since Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Software Center has been replaced by Gnome Software. Now you can write "ubuntu-software" instead. Answer updated. – Zilvador Jul 29 at 18:24

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