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Snap is a software deployment and package management system. The packages are called 'snaps' and the tool for using them is 'snapd', which works across a range of Linux distributions and allows, therefore, distro-agnostic upstream software deployment. Snap was originally designed and built by Canonical.

snapd is a REST API daemon for managing snap packages. Users can interact with it by using the snap client, which is part of the same package.


Install the snapdAUR or the snapd-gitAUR package.

Tip: snapd installs a script in /etc/profile.d/ to export the paths of binaries installed with the snapd package and desktop entries. Reboot once to make this change take effect.


To launch the snapd daemon when snap tries to use it, start and/or enable the snapd.socket.


The snap tool is used to manage the snaps.


To find snaps to install, you can query the Ubuntu Store with:

$ snap find searchterm


Once you found the snap you are looking for you can install it with:

# snap install snapname

This requires root privileges. Per user installation of snaps is not possible, yet. This will download the snap into /var/lib/snapd/snaps and mount it to /var/lib/snapd/snap/snapname to make it available to the system.

It will also create mount units for each snap and add them to /etc/systemd/system/ as symlinks to make all snaps available when the system is booted. Once that is done you should find it in the list of installed snaps together with its version number, revision and developer using:

$ snap list

You can also sideload snaps from your local hard drive with:

# snap install --dangerous /path/to/snap


To update your snaps manually use:

# snap refresh

Snaps are refreshed automatically according to snap refresh.timer setting.

To view the next/last refresh times use:

# snap refresh --time

To set a different refresh time, eg. twice a day:

# snap set core refresh.timer=0:00~24:00/2

See system options documentation page for details on customizing the refresh time.


Snaps can be removed by executing:

# snap remove snapname

Tips and tricks

Classic snaps

Some snaps (e.g. Skype and Pycharm) use classic confinement. However, classic confinement requires the /snap directory, which is not FHS-compliant. Therefore, the snapd package doesn't ship this directory. However, if the user wants to, they can manually create a symlink from /snap to /var/lib/snapd/snap, to allow the installation of classic snaps:

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


Arch Linux related mailing lists and other official Arch Linux support channels aren't an appropriate place to request help with snaps on Arch Linux. An appropriate place to ask for support is the Snapcraft forum.

See also