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How to re-install Software Center?

I've somehow accidentally uninstalled Software Center and I can't seem to reinstall it. I don't have a web browser currently on the computer, as I uninstalled Firefox to get Chrome, and didn't install Chrome before my Software Center disappeared.

When I search "software center", it comes up in the Apps Available for Download section, but nothing seems to work for installing it. I click it repeatedly and nothing happens, and when I drag it into my home window it just opens the file. Help, anyone?

marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, htorque, Jjed, Bruno Pereira, jokerdino Feb 1 '12 at 6:27

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  • It's possible the software center is just failing to launch due to some bug... that unfortunately happens sometimes.Try entering software-center --debug into a terminal, if you could. – Jjed Jan 18 '12 at 20:14

Open the Terminal application and enter the following command:

sudo apt-get install software-center

You will be prompted for your user password.


There is the on-line version of the Ubuntu Software Center: apps.ubuntu.com

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