How to Install Snap/Snap-Store on Fedora 37/36/35

By default, Fedora does not come with Snap or Snap Store installed as this is a feature that was built by developed by Canonical as a faster and easier way to get the latest versions of software installed on Ubuntu systems, and Snap packages are installed from a central SNAP server operated by Canonical. Snap can be installed and, for the most part, work with most packages on Fedora-based systems that are currently actively supported.

For some plus vs. negatives around Snaps, you may find that there are a few conflicts with specific packages on Fedora; given it’s designed to run on Ubuntu-based systems, support may not be as forthcoming. The other issue with Snaps VS DNF package manager is that Snaps are self-contained, which results in an increased .snap package due to having all its dependencies included along with various degrees of slight performance degradation compared to a natively installed application. In contrast, DNF packages are much lighter than their snap counterpart because it does not need to bundle dependencies.

For specific usages, you may not find an application unavailable as an easy-to-get app image, not being available on an RPM repository or Flatpak, or those sources are not maintained well compared to the snap option, which is the only reason you would want to install it on your Fedora system.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Snapd on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux with the terminal and GUI methods, with basic tips on how to launch or install/remove snap packages, along with the extra instructions for installing the Snapcraft online store.

Recommended Steps Before Installation

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Install Required Packages

Before you proceed with the installation, run the following command to install the following packages.

sudo dnf install fuse squashfuse -y

Install Snap (snapd) on Fedora Linux

Snapcraft, also known as Snap or Snapd, is available to be installed from the Fedora appstream for users that wish to only install the terminal version of Snapcraft with the package named snapd.

Begin the Snap installation, and run the following command.

sudo dnf install snapd -y

Next, before you continue any further, it is highly advised to reboot your system. Failure to do this will result in errors occurring in the following steps. The reason why this is done to so Snap can properly generate paths.

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You can quickly reboot while in the terminal by using the following command.

sudo reboot

Now enable Snapd service as follows.

sudo systemctl enable snapd --now

Next, some packages come in classic, so you must create a symlink to enable classic snap support.

sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

When installing Snap for the first time, it is advised to install the core files to avoid conflicting issues:

sudo snap install core

Next, verify the Snapd service is running by using the systemctl command:

systemctl status snapd

Example:

Install a Package

Now that Snap is installed, you can quickly test installing a package, which can be anything; however, for the tutorial, the Discord application will be the example.

sudo snap install discord

Update Packages

For the future, to update Discord and any other packages installed by Snap, run the following command:

sudo snap refresh

Remove Packages

If you no longer need to have Discord installed, remove it using the Snap remove command.

sudo snap remove discord

Install Snap-Store (Snap GUI) on Fedora Linux

After installing Snapd on your Fedora system, Desktop users have the option to install the Snapcraft store, which uses a graphical UI that can be more appealing and make it easier to search for packages. This is entirely optional, but if you want to install it, run the following command:

sudo snap install snap-store

With the install complete, you can run Snap Store in a few different ways.

First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command:

snap run snap-store

Most desktop users would use the following path to open.

Activities > Show Applications > Snap Store.

Example:

Once open the first time and on cache updates, it may take a minute or two for the latest packages to be pulled from Snapcrafts server. Once done, you can begin searching and installing packages from Snap using the GUI.

Example:

Remove Snap & Snap-Store on Fedora Linux

Removing Snap from your system is an easy process. This will also remove all packages during the installation.

sudo dnf remove snapd -y

This will remove Snap and any additional packages installed and dependencies. For example, if you installed Snap Store and did not remove it prior, this package and any others installed by Snap in full.

Example:

As you can see above, you do not need to go through and remove each package before removing Snapd, and it will do it for you.

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