I've just installed 16.04 and also upgraded my graphics card and hard drive.

When I try and use the Software Center it briefly flashes this

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then disappears after less then 1 second.

How to get the Ubuntu Software Center working?

I tried doing sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade but it didn't help. The output from it also included the following:enter image description here


I was able to solve this by doing

sudo apt-get install software-center

(I initially tried sudo-apt autoremove software-center but it said not found)

What I then found was that I actually had two software centers, my original 'Software Center' that still doesn't work and then a new program 'Ubuntu Software Center' that does work.

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  • I experienced the same so can concur with the response from @MichaelDurrant – Graham May 13 '17 at 11:49

using 64bit, 16.04LTS

I experienced a similar software-center disappearing problem. I launched Software from Apps>Sys Tools>Software, it showed a brief display of Software Center, then it disappeared.

The following steps, a little different, worked for me:

1)removed everything "software-center" via synaptic

2)sudo apt-get autoremove && sudo apt-get autoclean

3)sudo apt-get install software-center

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