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GNOME Software is a utility for application and updates installation on Linux.

GNOME Software
GNOME Software icon hicolor.svg
GNOME Software 3.32
GNOME Software 3.32
Initial releaseSeptember 25, 2013; 6 years ago (2013-09-25)[1]
Stable release3.34.1[2] (7 October 2019; 45 days ago (2019-10-07)) [±]
Preview release3.33.92[3] (7 September 2019; 2 months ago (2019-09-07)) [±]
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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. It was introduced in GNOME 3.10.

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 3.22 (2016, 09)

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 screenshot)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "GNOME 3.10 Released!". 25 September 2013.
  2. ^ Catanzaro, Michael (7 October 2019). "GNOME 3.34.1 released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  3. ^ Jardón, Javier (7 September 2019). "GNOME 3.33.92 (GNOME 3.34rc2) RELEASED". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 19 September 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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