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How To Install Flatpak on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install Flatpak on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Flatpak on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Flatpak is a system for building, distributing, and running sandboxed desktop applications on Linux. Developed by Alexander Larsson, a Red Hat employee, Flatpak aims to solve the dependency and compatibility issues that have long plagued Linux users. Unlike traditional package managers, Flatpak packages include all the necessary libraries and dependencies, ensuring that applications run consistently across different distributions.

Flatpak stands out from other package managers like Snap and AppImage due to its use of namespaces for sandboxing, which enhances security by isolating applications from the host system. This approach not only improves security but also ensures that applications do not interfere with each other or the underlying system.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Flatpak on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Flatpak on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 1. First, update your system packages to ensure that you have the latest versions of all installed software. Open a terminal and run the following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Updating your system packages is crucial as it ensures that you have the latest security patches and software updates.

Step 2. Installing Flatpak on Ubuntu 22.04.

By default, the Flatpak is available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest version of Flatpak to your system:

sudo apt install flatpak

Flathub is the primary repository for Flatpak applications. To access a wide range of apps, you need to enable the Flathub repository. Follow these steps:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Verify Flatpak installation:

flatpak – version

Step 3. How to Install Application using Flatpak.

With Flatpak and the Flathub repository set up, you can now install your desired applications. You can install the package available in Flatpak, for example:

flatpak search spotify

After you have found the application, you can install Spotify using the following command:

flatpak install spotify

To uninstall the flatpack applications, the syntax would be flatpak uninstall Application ID. So, to uninstall Spotify, you can run this command:

flatpak uninstall org.spotify.Spotify

If you need something more information, use the command --help:

flatpak --help


Help Options:
  -h, --help              Show help options

Application Options:
  --version               Print version information and exit
  --default-arch          Print default arch and exit
  --supported-arches      Print supported arches and exit
  --gl-drivers            Print active gl drivers and exit
  --installations         Print paths for system installations and exit
  --print-updated-env     Print the updated environment needed to run flatpaks
  --print-system-only     Only include the system installation with --print-updated-env
  -v, --verbose           Show debug information, -vv for more detail
  --ostree-verbose        Show OSTree debug information

If the issue persists, you can seek help from the Flatpak community by visiting the official Flatpak website or searching for relevant forums and mailing lists.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Flatpak. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Flatpak on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Flatpak website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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