How To Search, Install, Update, Remove Snap Apps In Ubuntu

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We are already familiar with installing, updating and removing packages using the APT (Advanced Package Tool) package manager. But recently Snap became a hot topic as Ubuntu 22.04 LTS shipped Snap as its default package manager. They even moved default apps like Firefox from APT to Snap. So, let’s see how to manage Snap packages with the terminal by searching, installing, updating and removing Snap packages.

Search Packages With Snap

Similar to the APT, Snap also has a search functionality. You can search for packages and their available versions using snap find or snap search commands and the name of the package you need to search.

snap find chromium

View All Currently Installed Snap Packages

All the currently installed Snap packages can be listed with the snap list command.

snap list

View Detailed Information About A Snap Package

You can get detailed information about a specific package by using the snap info command and the name of the package you need to view more information.

snap info chromium

Install New Packages With Snap

Installing new packages is similar to the APT. Run snap install with the package name you need to install.

snap install chromium

Snap does not have a command similar to APT’s apt-get update command. However, Snap automatically checks for updates. If you really need to know the time of the last check, you can use the snap refresh --time command.

View All Available Snap Updates

Before updating Snap packages, you can list packages that have updates by running the snap refresh –list command.

snap refresh –list

Update A Specific Snap Package

When we use APT, we use the same apt-get install command to install and update packages. But Snap has a separate command called refresh for that. Run snap refresh with the name of the package that you need to update.

snap refresh chromium

Update All Snap Packages

We can update all the packages by running the snap refresh without mentioning any package name. It will check outdated packages and update to their latest available versions.

snap refresh

Remove A Snap Package

Finally, if you do not use a particular package, you can remove it by using the snap remove command with the package name that you need to remove.

snap remove chromium
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