After upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04, I tried to use the new software center that came along with it, but I found it to have a few issues. One, it didn't detect all the applications I had previously installed and two, whenever I tried installing new software with it, a new icon on the launcher (saying "Waiting to Install") appears, but no progress is made and the icon is stuck on the launcher.

However, I don't encounter any of these issues in the older Software Center. Does anybody know why this may be?


3 Answers 3


Try installing the old software-center from the commandline:

sudo apt install software-center

Or try installing synaptic

sudo apt install synaptic
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    I faced the same problem today on 16.04.1 LTS. The system prompt on terminal, to install 'software-center' worked fine for me. Nov 27, 2016 at 16:07
  • Me too had the same problem, 'Ubuntu Software' is not working in 16.04 but 'Ubuntu Software Center' is working perfectly fine.
    – NightFURy
    Dec 17, 2016 at 11:35
  • Your suggestion worked @jringoot, I just sudo apt-get intall software-center Mar 12, 2017 at 21:15

I resolved this same issue using 'check for updates' thru the 'About this Computer'-->'Details' menu found thru the top right menu area of the desktop.

  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Be aware that we value high-quality content here, so a better explanation (or wording) would fit better.
    – EKons
    Sep 5, 2016 at 21:19
  • This worked for me too. After doing "Check for Updates", Ubuntu Software began working for me. Jan 4, 2017 at 1:00

Try to download and install the old Software Center from the new Software Center. Just type in the name in the new Software Center, find it and use it.

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