Finding new apps from the Linux command line is difficult. These four websites will help you find new Linux apps easily.
But as a new user of Linux, there’s a good chance you don’t really know what you’re looking for. And as new software comes to market faster, it is easy for experienced users to miss out on the latest knowledge. Fortunately, several websites have popped up introducing you to Linux apps that you’ve never seen before.
Finding apps for Linux is easy and complicated at the same time. For decades now, all you have to do is open a package manager or app store and enter the name of the program you’re looking for. Complete. Simple.
1. Flat hub
Flathub website home page
Flathub is a universal app store that contains software you can install no matter what Linux distribution you’re using. The programs here are available in Flatpak format, which has been chosen as the universal app package format of choice by a number of distributions.
Flathub is mostly supported by the GNOME community, so you’ll find plenty of apps here that are tailored for that particular desktop. Given GNOME’s position as the default desktop in most Linux distributions, this will not be a problem for most users.
Fedora Silverblue and Endless OS distribute everything as a Flatpak, and elementary OS has been moving in a similar direction since version 6.0.
However, Flathub is hardly limited to GNOME. Many of the apps here are desktop independent, especially games. Flathub is also home to a growing number of well-known commercial, proprietary apps like Steam, Discord, and Slack.
Install apps from Flathub
Flathub places setup instructions at the top of the homepage. Flatpak is preinstalled on some distributions. If you’re using GNOME, all you have to do is hit the Install button under an app to get the goods.
If you’re not using GNOME, you can follow the command line instructions to add Flathub to the list of sources your distribution checks for software. Regardless of the distribution, you can also use the command line to install and remove programs. The flatpak command does a good job of guessing which program you’re looking for, even if you don’t know the name. You can also copy and paste installation commands directly from the website.
2. Snap store
Snap Store website home page
Snap Store is another universal app store that has revolutionized how easy it has become to find apps for Linux. As the default app store for Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution, the Snap Store is likely to get more traffic. Snap Store uses the Snap format, which works in virtually every Linux distribution. It comes from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, which has put extensive efforts to help other companies and encourage them to release their software for Linux as a snap package.
As a result, the Snap Store contains a much larger amount of proprietary software. This and other aspects of Snap design limit the store’s look and feel to free and open source software enthusiasts, but it’s a great destination for people switching from macOS or Windows in hopes to see if a program that you already use is also available for Linux. KDE Plasma users will also find more of their desktop apps in no time than a Flatpak.
Install apps from the Snap Store
At the top right of the page with the app you want is an Install button. When you click this button, a menu will appear. Ubuntu users just have to tap the button that asks them to open the app on their desktop store. If you’re using a different distribution, this menu will take you to instructions on setting up snapd, which is needed to install Snaps. If you’re already good to go, you can copy and paste the command provided.
Homepage of the KDE Applications website
The KDE project has a handy site with over 200 apps created by the community. This software is intended for KDE Plasma, but feel free to use it on any Linux desktop. Some are also available for Windows and macOS. While KDE Plasma isn’t the most widely used Linux desktop, its community is by far the most prolific when it comes to creating apps.
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