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Will Fedora use snap packages in the future?

asked 2016-05-27 08:36:35 -0600

dan96 gravatar image

updated 2017-03-11 00:08:30 -0600

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is supporting a new type of packages called snaps (.snap).You can read more here. But, to sum it all up:

The switch is done for some reasons, they claim to provide a series of advantages including speed and security.

But for the most part the fact that as opposed to traditionally .rpm and .deb packages a .snap package contains all of its dependencies. I was wondering if Fedora has a plan to use this packages. As an individual, I think it's one of the reasons why developing for Linux is hard (different packages for Fedora,Debian an Suse family), other people tried to address the issue as well, think about .app

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As end user with knowledge to compile source code, I think it is better we use the old way of packaging. Believe me, ubuntu APT are bad and horrible, same goes to aptitude (but better than APT). Thank for fedora for new yum replacement which is 'DNF'. app

robbnesp gravatar imagerobbnesp ( 2016-05-27 09:25:46 -0600 )edit

Ok, why do say the are horrible, could you give some examples, thanks.

dan96 gravatar imagedan96 ( 2016-05-27 09:43:09 -0600 )edit

I think fedora will use

Biji gravatar imageBiji ( 2016-05-27 10:49:19 -0600 )edit

Fedora 24 Update: flatpak-0.6.2-1.fc24

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2016-05-28 03:54:03 -0600 )edit

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answered 2016-05-31 16:20:33 -0600

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updated 2016-05-31 16:22:22 -0600

Check for cross distribution apps that look like universal repo for linux and that can create standalone program that can run on various linux

Which you can see example here

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answered 2016-11-25 14:18:13 -0600

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updated 2018-05-29 16:19:58 -0600

Fedora officially supports flatpak out of the box and it is the recommended technology. However snap is also available though a 3rd party. The official snap doc now lists fedora intructions for Fedora 24 using this copr:

For fedora 27+

sudo dnf install snapd

For fedora 25/26

Same as below but use sudo dnf copr enable mrmorph/snapcore as the repository instead.

Fedora 24

sudo dnf copr enable zyga/snapcore
sudo dnf install snapd

# enable the snapd systemd unit:
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket

Note that disabling SELinux seems not to be necessary anymore.

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SELINUX=permissive should not be an option to consider ...

COPR here

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-11-25 22:28:19 -0600 )edit

indeed, updated

eddygeek gravatar imageeddygeek ( 2017-03-10 10:42:28 -0600 )edit

The way to go is using flatpak, which is in official repos and works quite well. Find the available applications here: (there will be many more in the future)

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-03-10 11:46:43 -0600 )edit

I assume instructions for F26 and older are obsolete since those releases have reached end of life status

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-05-31 07:54:29 -0600 )edit

answered 2018-05-05 10:48:54 -0600

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On Fedora 28 snapd is available from official repositories

sudo dnf install snapd
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also in f26 snapd-2.32.4-1.fc26.x86_64

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2018-05-10 21:27:43 -0600 )edit

Indeed! Just install snapd and add the Flathub repo and you'll have a lot of nice apps to browse & install from the GNOME or KDE software app.

gombosg gravatar imagegombosg ( 2018-06-19 04:34:48 -0600 )edit

@gombosg the Flathub repo is irrelevant. For snaps there is

abitrolly gravatar imageabitrolly ( 2018-07-16 19:18:29 -0600 )edit

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