How to Install Programs in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to install additional software packages in Ubuntu Linux.

When you install Ubuntu and select normal installation, it will come with packages or programs that you can use to do your daily tasks. These default packages are not a complete list that you need.

You may need to install additional software that are not already installed. Applications in Ubuntu Linux are available in two formats: Snap and Debian packages.

A snap package will be referred to as snap. Debian packages are those that end with .DEB extensions. If an app is available in both formats, Ubuntu Software list the snap apps first.

Below is how to install additional software in Ubuntu Linux.

How to install software in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, if you need additional programs that are not already installed in Ubuntu Linux, you can easily do it from the Ubuntu Software app.

Below is how to do that.

Click the Ubuntu Software icon in the Dock, or search for Software in the Activities overview search bar.

When Ubuntu Software launches, search for an application, or select a category and find an application from the list.

By default, it will open in the Explore tab. Installed tab includes all installed software. The Updates tab shows list of software that have updates available to be installed.

If you scroll down a bit, you will see the Categories section where software are group in categories.

To install a software, select the application that you want to install and click Install.

You will be asked to authenticate by entering your password. Once you have done that the installation will begin.

The installation usually finishes quickly but could take a while if you have a slow Internet connection.

After that, the software should be installed and ready to use.

Do this with other applications you wish to install.

That should do it!


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