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Flatpak

Flatpak is a software utility for software deployment, package management, and application virtualization for Linux desktop computers. It provides a sandbox environment in which users can run applications in isolation from the rest of the system.

… in a nutshell, it is an isolate software bundle package which you can run with restricted permissions!

 

User Vs System

We can install flatpak applications for system-wide or for single-user. The last part does not need administrative access or any special permissions.

To use flatpak as a user, we have to add --user next to every flatpak command.

 

Applications

A flatpak application has a manifest that describes dependancies & permissions.

 

Repositories

A repository contains a list of application manifests & the flatpak package (code).

 

Branches

One of the best features of flatpak, is that we can have multile versions of a specific application. This is being done by using a different branch or version (like git). Most common branch is default.

 

Add flathub

To use/install a flatpak application, we have first to add a remote flatpack repository localy.
The most well-known flatpak repository is called: flathub

flatpak remote-add --user flathub https://dl.flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

 

Search Applications

$ flatpak search --user Signal

Description                                                                                     Application                                 Version              Branch              Remotes
Signal - Private messenger for the desktop                                                      org.signal.Signal                           1.20.0               stable              flathub

 

Install package as user

The default syntax of install packages is:

repository - application

$ flatpak install --user -y flathub com.dropbox.Client
$ flatpak install --user -y flathub org.signal.Signal

 

List

See how many packages to you have installed

$ flatpak list

Application
___________

com.dropbox.Client
com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Community
com.slack.Slack
com.visualstudio.code.oss
io.atom.Atom
org.signal.Signal

 

Run

To execute a flatpak application :

flatpak run com.slack.Slack
flatpak run org.signal.Signal

 

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