GNOME Software

GNOME Software is a utility for application and updates installation on the Linux. It is part of the GNOME Core Applications and was introduced in GNOME 3.10.

GNOME Software
GNOME Software 3.34
Initial releaseSeptember 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)[1]
Stable release3.34.2[2] (25 November 2019 (2019-11-25)) [±]
Preview release3.35.2[3] (24 November 2019 (2019-11-24)) [±]
Written inC
Operating systemLinux and Unix-like
TypeApp store, Digital distribution
LicenseGNU General Public License

It is the GNOME front-end to the PackageKit, in turn a front-end to several package management systems, these include systems based on both RPM and DEB.

The program can be used to add and manage repositories as well as Ubuntu Personal Package Archives (PPA). Ubuntu replaced its previous Ubuntu Software Center program with GNOME Software starting with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS,[4] re-branded as "Ubuntu Software". It also supports fwupd for servicing of system firmware.[5]


gnome-packagekit is another GTK-based front-end for PackageKit, unlike GNOME Software, it can handle all the packages not only applications, and has a few advanced features that are missing in GNOME Software. (see the screenshot)

See also


  1. "GNOME 3.10 Released!". 25 September 2013.
  2. Petridis, Jordan (25 Nov 2019). "GNOME 3.34.2 Released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 14 Dec 2019.
  3. Catanzaro, Michael (24 November 2019). "GNOME 3.35.2 released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  4. "Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will dump the Ubuntu Software Center for GNOME Software". PC World.
  5. "fwupd: Simple, Open-Source Device Firmware Updating". Phoronix. Retrieved 3 December 2015.

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