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Where is the "Add / Remove Software" application gone in Fedora 20?

asked 2013-10-26 15:58:15 -0600

chrisk gravatar image

updated 2014-02-28 13:22:06 -0600

ryanlerch gravatar image

I've just upgraded from Fedora 19 to Fedora 20 and found that the "Add/Remove Software" application is missing from the Administration menu.

I've tried:

yum install gnome-packagekit

But it told me that gnome-packagekit was already installed and the result was "nothing to do".

I'm using Cinnamon for my desktop, and I aslo tried reverting to GNOME Classic, but still the encountered the same issue.

Any ideas folks? any help greatly appreciated ;)

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answered 2013-10-26 22:45:28 -0600

AdamW gravatar image

Yang Lifu is basically right: in F20, it's removed by default in favour of GNOME Software, which is designed to be a nicer interface for installing apps. To get the old gnome-packagekit app back, you can do 'yum install gnome-packagekit-installer'.

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Thanks Adam, 'yum install gnome-packagekit-installer'worked! Ii added the "Packages" app to the Administration menu.

Thanks also to Yang Lifu and will for responses ;)

chrisk gravatar imagechrisk ( 2013-10-27 07:06:03 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-02-28 13:39:52 -0600

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In Fedora 20 and newer, the default software installer application is now gnome-software. It is ideal for installing applications and the applications are much easier to browse and install. It looks like this:

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However, gnome-software only targets "Applications" (this means anything that shows up in the menus.) So if you want a GUI for installing all types of packages in the Fedora Repos, you can install the old "Add / Remove Software" tool back by installing gnome-packagekit-installer with the command:

sudo yum install gnome-packagekit-installer

Once installed this should show up in the menus as the menu item "Packages" rather than the old name of "Add / Remove Software".

Note also that yumex is another GUI application in the Fedora Repos for managing packages. It has a wider feature set than gnome-packagekit-installer, and also allows you to create and modify your repository definitions as well. To install yumex, use the command:

sudo yum install yumex

Yumex screenshot

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answered 2013-10-26 22:18:38 -0600

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updated 2013-10-26 22:22:03 -0600

Add it back using alacarte, run yum insatll alacarte

GNOME 3.10 includes a new software called Software( for installing new softwares, so the original one (gnome-packagekit) may cease to exist out-of-the-box.

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answered 2014-02-25 14:06:49 -0600

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updated 2014-02-25 14:08:05 -0600

I've been in the same shoes by upgrading from fc 19 to fc 20. To add the new Gnome 3.10's package manager just type in: sudo yum install gnome-software

I am sure, this will ease your pain.

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answered 2013-10-26 22:17:13 -0600

will morris gravatar image

Hi, I don't have an answer for you at this moment. I have passed this along to my colleagues in fedora-qa. I will look into it with others and find out what we can do.

As I am sure you are aware F20 is in Alpha so not everything is going to be working right.

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