How to Install and Use Snap Packages on Linux

As many of you already know, the Ubuntu snap package format is coming to other major Linux distributions such as Arch Linux, Fedora, Debian and many more distros will support snap packages in the future. This tutorial is going to show you how to install Snap packages on Arch Linux, Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu.

We will need snapd service in order to install snap packages.

Install the snapd service on Arch Linux

We can install it from AUR with yaourt package manager.

yaourt snapd

Once done, enable the snapd service with systemctl . --now option will start the service.

sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.service

To automatically update snap packages:

sudo systemctl start snapd.refresh.timer

sudo systemctl enable snapd.refresh.timer

Install snapd on Fedora

Enable the copr zyga/snapcore repository.

sudo dnf copr enable zyga/snapcore

Then install snapd

sudo dnf install snapd

Start and enable the snapd systemd service:

sudo systemctl start snapd.service
sudo systemctl enable snapd.service

On Fedora 24, you have to set permissive as the SELinux security policy to allow starting the snapd service. So let’s edit the SELinux config file.

sudo nano /etc/selinux/config

Change the security policy from enforcing to permissive.


Save and close the file. Now you can start snapd service with systemctl.

Install snapd on Debian sid

sudo apt install snapd

Install snapd on Ubuntu

sudo apt install snapd

Installing Snap Packages on Arch, Fedora

Now snapd is installed on Arch Linux, Fedora and the snapd service is started, we can install snap apps from the Ubuntu snap store.

Use this command to list available snap packages.

snap find

Search snap packages in the store.

snap find <package_name>

To install a snap package:

sudo snap install <package_name>

List installed snap packages.

snap list

For example, install Nextcloud server with the following command.

sudo snap install nextcloud

install nextcloud on arch linux fedora

Snap apps are installed in /snap directory.

Multiple Versions of Software

A benefit provided by Snap is that software developers can easily ship multiple versions of the same software. For example, I can list all available versions of Ruby with:

snap info ruby


  latest/stable:    3.1.2  2022-04-15 (278) 36MB classic
  latest/candidate: ↑                            
  latest/beta:      ↑                            
  latest/edge:      3.1.2  2022-04-16 (281) 36MB classic
  3.1/stable:       3.1.2  2022-04-15 (278) 36MB classic
  3.1/candidate:    ↑                            
  3.1/beta:         ↑                            
  3.1/edge:         ↑                            
  3.0/stable:       3.0.4  2022-04-15 (275) 34MB classic
  3.0/candidate:    ↑                            
  3.0/beta:         ↑                            
  3.0/edge:         ↑                            
  2.7/stable:       2.7.6  2022-04-15 (272) 21MB classic
  2.7/candidate:    ↑                            
  2.7/beta:         ↑                            
  2.7/edge:         ↑                            
  2.6/stable:       2.6.10 2022-04-15 (269) 27MB classic
  2.6/candidate:    ↑                            
  2.6/beta:         ↑                            
  2.6/edge:         ↑                            
  2.5/stable:       2.5.9  2021-04-07 (209) 23MB classic
  2.5/candidate:    ↑                            
  2.5/beta:         ↑                            
  2.5/edge:         ↑                            
  2.4/stable:       2.4.10 2020-04-01 (178) 26MB classic
  2.4/candidate:    ↑                            
  2.4/beta:         ↑                            
  2.4/edge:         ↑                            
  2.3/stable:       2.3.8  2018-11-08 (109) 33MB classic
  2.3/candidate:    ↑                            
  2.3/beta:         ↑                            
  2.3/edge:         ↑                            
installed:          2.6.10            (269) 27MB classic

Sometimes, an application (such as Discourse) may not be compatible with the latest version of Ruby, so instead of installing Ruby 3.1, I can install Ruby 3.0 with:

sudo snap install ruby --classic --channel=3.0/stable

How to Disable Snapd

If you don’t want to use Snapd, but you also don’t want to remove Snapd, then you can disable it with:

sudo systemctl disable snapd.service snapd.socket

sudo systemctl mask snapd.service snapd.socket

If you want to remove Snap completely from your system, then also run the following command.

sudo apt purge snapd

Questions or suggestions are always welcome. If you found this post useful, 🙂  please share it with your friends on social media! Stay tuned for more Linux tutorials.

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