A new way to get your app on Ubuntu

Make it. Snap it. Push it. Update it.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS introduces software distribution on your own terms with the snap packaging format.

What's new?

With snaps on the desktop, developers are able to:

  • Push their free or paid apps to the Ubuntu Store via an automated review process
  • Use a modern approach to deliver software updates frequently and on their own terms
  • Take advantage of a simplified and flexible package format
  • Overcome the limitations of the archive and benefit from an improved security model

1-min FAQ

Does it work in any desktop environment?

This feature is primarily targeted at Ubuntu 16.04 LTS desktop and server. Nevertheless, this doesn't prevent it from working with other desktops, Ubuntu flavours, derivatives and other Linux distributions such as Arch, Debian, Gentoo, Fedora, Open Suse, etc.

How does this fit with Unity 8 and the convergent desktop?

Unity 8 is the codebase that will eventually bring all projects under the same convergent interface, it is the future of Ubuntu and this feature will work there as well in due time. Note that you can test Unity8 as a technology preview in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Are snaps replacing click and deb packages?

Snaps are the next generation of app distribution technology for all Ubuntu devices. After an IoT and smart appliances focused launch, we are now introducing them as a technology preview on the classic desktop and server. Click packages are still the default in phone and tablet environments (Unity8-based) and Debian packages are still at the core of Ubuntu desktop and server.