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 package management and software deployment tool created to make the distribution of desktop applications on Linux easier. It’s similar to Snap apps in many ways apps are sandboxed come bundled up with everything they need to run, and support automatic background updates.

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.

Prerequisites

  • 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 useror 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, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

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 best place to get Flatpak apps. To enable run the following command below:

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.

You can install the package available in the Flatpak, for example:

flatpak search spotify

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

flatpak install spotify

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

flatpak --help

Output:

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

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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