If I can help it, I'd rather not use the GUI, so I don't want to use gnome-software when looking for new software, is there some sort of CLI 'software center' which also has the ability to show and submit reviews/ratings (I know about aptitude but I don't think it supports them)?

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 with GNOME 3.20.


It's horribly ugly, and not a software center by any means, but if you just want to search for software and see ratings or reviews, try the w3m browser on https://apps.ubuntu.com.

Install w3m and w3m-img (for image support):

sudo apt install w3m w3m-img
  • Nautilus:


  • lynx-cur:

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The package name is given beneath the description, so you can then do sudo apt install <package-name>.

I have had some graphics issues with it, but, hey, it works!

Among lynx, elinks and w3m, only w3m was able to show the stars.

  • My experience with w3m, tmux and gnome terminal is that the w3m images don't recognise the tmux panes and spill over into other panes, its probably ok if you just use a plain terminal. – the_velour_fog Jun 25 '16 at 13:17
  • @the_velour_fog It's horrible enough with just gnome-terminal that I wouldn't dare use it with tmux on top :) – muru Jun 25 '16 at 13:19
  • lol, I like using w3m with tmux, mostly for bringing up HTML based documentation in a pane above a terminal I'm doing work in. It uses h,j,k,l for cursor navigation and J, K to scroll text. If you are already familiar with the website its definitely usable! – the_velour_fog Jun 25 '16 at 13:29

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