In this article we’ll talk about how to search, install, update, and delete Snap packages in Linux Mint. I have long wanted to write about Snap pakage. What is a Snap pack?If to speak simply, it is a container, inside is the app and its dependencies.
Why need Snap packs for software installation, if there are already deb packages? Deb packages are inextricably linked and indistinguishable from the system. That is, when we installed the deb package, it is assumed that all dependencies we download from the connected repositories system. In addition, the distribution of Snap packets is intended to standardize and to help developers to release their apps on different systems without worrying about dependencies.
Take for example the number of versions of Ubuntu or Mint, there are LTS and intermediate versions. For many developers, it is problematic to release new builds for all versions. But if we get a zoo of different “Linux” under which to collect and don’t want.
In addition, add support for installing Snap packages in the distribution package is not difficult, which in any case does not replace other package managers, but rather complements them. For example, here is a list of distros that support installing apps using Snap packages:
Official documentation in English is available at the following address:
Installation into Linux Mint:
Find for packages using command in the terminal:
But if you want to search for a few words to describe the package, it is necessary to enclose the phrase in quotation marks:
Installation of Snap packages
As you may have guessed, the command of Snap installation package as follows:
The list of installed Snap packages
To display a list of all installed packages in a Snap, enter in terminal the following command:
Update Snap packages
Disable and Enable Snap packages
There are apps which work in background as a system service. For example, some web application. And to turn it off, you can use the following command:
At any time you can re-enable the Snap app by running the following command in the terminal:
In General, to remove the Snap package the command looks like the following:
May the Force be with you,