How do I install the Ubuntu software

Ubuntu Documentation

An application is software with a graphical user interface (GUI). The Ubuntu development team has pre-selected applications that it believes will make Ubuntu very useful for most daily tasks. You will probably want to install additional applications to customize Ubuntu for your needs. You can use Ubuntu software to install programs.

Applications are available in two formats: snap packages and Debian packages. An application available as a snap package is now referred to as a snap. Some applications are available in both formats. In this case, the Snap will be listed first in Ubuntu Software.

If you want to install applications that do not have a graphical user interface, you can use Synaptic. Note that Synaptic does not display any snaps.

To install an application:

  1. Click the Ubuntu Software icon in the Dock or search for software in the activity search bar.

  2. Once Ubuntu Software starts up, search for an application, select a category or an application from the list.

  3. Select the application you want to install and click Install.

  4. You will be asked to authenticate by entering your password. Once you have done that, the installation will begin. The installation usually completes quickly, but it may take a while if you have a slow internet connection.