I know that I can update a snap package using

sudo snap refresh <package>

But is there a way to update all snaps, like

sudo apt dist-upgrade
snap refresh 

will do this. It is part of snapd 2.0.8, which landed 2016-06-13 in xenial-updates.

snap refresh --list

only lists the updates without refreshing the packages.

snap info <snap name>

can show which versions are available for a particular package.

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    snap refresh --list only lists the updates without refreshes the packages – gwarah Jan 4 '18 at 14:15
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    You need to do sudo snap refresh – Boris Apr 25 '19 at 4:03
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    @Boris, snap prompts you for your password if you don't include sudo so it's not entirely necessary. – SpookyGengar Nov 7 '19 at 22:53
  • @SpookyGengar no it doesn't: $ snap refresh error: access denied (try with sudo) – Ricky Nelson Nov 26 '19 at 21:29
  • @RickyNelson On my 18.04 it does prompt me without using sudo – John Jan 10 at 2:18

According to Snap tutorial Snaps are automatically updated in the background once per day.

  • However, I was checking Firefox today which said "Updates disabled by your system administrator" (strange since I am the only user and I just installed my OS three days ago). snap refresh firefox was the only way to get the latest security patches. – John Jan 10 at 2:20
  • Interesting. Please add a comment if you ever find out why that's the case... – chrisvdb Jan 10 at 3:11

Try this in /usr/bin/update-snaps:


#Check if run as root
if [ "$UID" -ne "$ROOT_UID" ] ; then
        echo "You must be root to do that!"
        exit 1

snap list | awk -F" " '{if ($1 && NR>1) { system("snap refresh " $1 " 2>/dev/null") }}'
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    This is not necessary any more. – dholbach Jun 14 '16 at 7:11
  • Why not? auto-updates, right? – Ambigus9 Jun 26 '19 at 18:10

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