So, I have upgraded from my 15.10 to 16.04. I have managed to install some snaps, but now I am wondering, how do I launch them? Typing their name in CLI did not help.

I tried: ubuntu-core-launcher xkcd-webserver But it gave me only this message: Usage: ubuntu-core-launcher

I would like to know ways to use them both in CLI and GUI.

  • Not all snaps come with GUIs, you know. Some may only be CLI, and/or need you to create .desktop launchers to launch them.
    – Thomas Ward
    Apr 21, 2016 at 21:47

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It depends on the type of application. Graphical apps should be launchable from the Dash. So for example, if you install the calculator app with:

sudo snap install ubuntu-calculator-app

You should be able to:

  1. Open the Dash by pressing the Super key or the Ubuntu button in the launcher

  2. Start typing the first letters of "Calculator"

  3. Click on the Calculator icon to launch the app

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Note: if the icon does not appear in the Dash, you might need to log out and log back in. You should only need to do this the first time after you've installed snaps support on the desktop.

Alternatively, you can launch the calculator app from the command line:


Notice the syntax is $SNAPNAME.$COMMAND. If $SNAPNAME is the same as $COMMAND, as a shortcut you can simply run $SNAPNAME

  • I don't see the ubuntu calculator in Dash, only the calculator that came installed. Running it from the cli gives an error, but that's a different issue. How do you know $COMMAND? What is it for the xkcd-webserver, for example?
    – Reese
    Apr 22, 2016 at 5:56
  • You might need to log out and log back in, as per askubuntu.com/a/759571/9781. As per xkcd-webserver, it's a local webserver that it's supposed to start for you and then be available at localhost:80, but as far as I can tell, it's not working at the moment. Apr 22, 2016 at 7:06
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    Confirmed as working. For i3wm users like me, I was even able to launch it with dmenu, just type in ubuntu-calculator-app.calcuator. Good job guys :) Apr 22, 2016 at 14:03
  • Glad to hear it's working for you! Apr 22, 2016 at 19:17

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