Just installed the UBUNTU 16.04 LTS. I just noticed that the software center is not working. I did installed the older version of it (sudo apt-get install software-center) but I want the new software center.

How can I install the new version of the software center?

  • What do you get when you type gnome-software in a terminal ? – JonasCz Jun 7 '16 at 12:19
  • (gnome-software:26239): Gs-WARNING **: failed to open plugin /usr/lib/gs-plugins-9/libgs_plugin_xdg_app_reviews.so: /usr/lib/gs-plugins-9/libgs_plugin_xdg_app_reviews.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory – Gabs Jun 7 '16 at 12:31
  • There was a bug in 16.04. Just update the system fully. – Tim Jun 7 '16 at 14:25

Type the following in the terminal in order to update gnome-software, which should fix the problem:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade gnome-software

You can also update using the graphical update manager, which will do the same thing.

(The version of gnome-software shipped with Ubuntu had a bug which meant that it sometimes wouldn't start, which was fixed in a update)

  • Still not working... I got this: *gnome-software is already the newest version (3.20.1+git20160426.1.a976144-ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1). * and then, when I type gnome-software I get the same message as before... – Gabs Jun 7 '16 at 12:37
  • @Gabs, try reinstalling it with sudo apt-get autoremove gnome-software && sudo apt-get install gnome-software, and restarting your computer - does that fix it ? – JonasCz Jun 7 '16 at 12:44
  • Yes, it is ok now, but I get this warning message: (gnome-software:2079): Gs-WARNING **: failed to open plugin /usr/lib/gs-plugins-9/libgs_plugin_xdg_app_reviews.so: /usr/lib/gs-plugins-9/libgs_plugin_xdg_app_reviews.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory... – Gabs Jun 7 '16 at 12:48
  • @Gabs, I think you can ignore the warning message if it works. – JonasCz Jun 7 '16 at 14:11

i had the same issue. looked on dashboard and had two ubuntu software programs installed deleted the old one (ubuntu software center),that fixed my problem.


Ubuntu software (center) not working issue has appeared in multiple context. The issue appeared on clean installation of 16.04, was fixed, and re-appeared. While it is difficult to replicate the issue and to analyze conditions, there was a fortunate remedy.
Using Synaptic Package Manager, go to menu >Edit >Fix Broken Packages, mark identified packages for fix and upgrade, and let it apply.
Restart computer.

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