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I haven't found any easy to understand resource for absolute beginners who wish to package a software.

Let's take the example to package the latest release 2.5.0 of Vokoscreen Screencast Recorder that is only available as vokoscreen-2.5.0.tar.gz but neither as a .deb, nor is there a PPA available.

What would the steps with the new Snap packaging format be to package this version as a .snap package for easy install?

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The snapcraft.io website and snap creation page is the definitive guide on how to snap a software program.

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You should be able to just unzip the file in a folder, add a snapcraft.yaml file and run snapcraft snap. snapcraft.yaml should probably look something like this:

name: vokoscreen
version: 0.1
summary: Vokoscreen screencast creator
description: >
  Vokoscreen is an easy to use screencast creator
  to record educational videos, live recordings of
  browser, installation, videoconferences, etc.

apps:
  vokoscreen:
    command: vokoscreen.run

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