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I found a similar q&a here Is apt-get install method the same as Ubuntu software centre installation? but my experience suggests this is not a completely accurate answer.

I put 'ubuntu video downloader' in google, and got a hit for 'all video downloader', https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/allvideodownloader/. When I saw it had a big sticker saying it was available on the software center, I switched over to that on my desktop. To my surprise, this app was nowhere to be found. I have been googling on this issue for way too long without finding an answer, so I am posting.

I am running 15.04, and the apps.ubuntu page stops at 14.04 under 'available versions'. Is that why I am not seeing it in the Software Center? Could it have been removed from the Software Center? I see a lot of command line tools and libraries for video parsing in Software Center; are the guis just not up to speed on 15.04 yet?

So even though this specific app brought me here, it really is a broader question, as I hope the title conveys: How does Software Center really work? How is it different from, in sync with (or not) apps.ubuntu? What's included in Software Center and what isn't, why, and how would I know (other than posting here)? Thanks.

  • Hmm... I'm not sure apps.ubuntu.com is updated anymore, as apps that are available for recent supported versions still only show as available up to 13.10/14.04 (e.g. gedit, gimp, firefox (with the old interface) etc - BTW I was going to ask a question on this a while ago but I didn't bother). I think the apt:// install links still work though – Wilf Jun 12 '15 at 10:38
  • Also, there are loads of Firefox (& some Chrome etc) extensions to download videos from sites - there is also youtube-dl as well. – Wilf Jun 12 '15 at 10:45

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