Installing snap on Ubuntu


If you’re running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) or later, including Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) and Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), you don’t need to do anything. Snap is already installed and ready to go.

If you need to know which version of Ubuntu you’re running, open System Settings and select Details. Alternatively, from the command line, type lsb_release -a.

For versions of Ubuntu between 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), as well as Ubuntu flavours that don’t include snap by default, snap can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Centre by searching for snapd.

Alternatively, snapd can be installed from the command line:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install snapd

Either log out and back in again, or restart your system, to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.

To test your system, install the hello-world snap and make sure it runs correctly:

$ sudo snap install hello-world
hello-world 6.3 from Canonical✓ installed
$ hello-world
Hello World!

Snap is now installed and ready to go! If you’re using a desktop, a great next step is to install the Snap Store app.

Installing snapd
Snap Documentation

I don’t think we should include Lubuntu on this page. You have to instinctively know that if you want to install on Lubuntu you must first click Can I run snaps? then Ubuntu.

Popular Ubuntu derivatives are worthy of their own pages. That they derive from Ubuntu is an implementation detail that their end users need not care about.


is it really worth still producing new documentation for 14.04 given it is EOL in april ?


Yep, agreed. We may have to rethink the way we list distributions as it may become too long if we slot the main derivatives in.


I think that’s a great problem to have, and I wouldn’t underestimate the power of a big grid of “holy sh-, this works everywhere.”


I think it’s a great story for snaps. Users of 14.04 can still get access to new apps and updates through the Snap Store.