These are the 5 most downloaded snaps on Ubuntu for 2020

Snaps are Ubuntu’s answer to the traditional way of installing apps on Linux. Although many detest the idea of  traditional app management on Linux for the supposed “dependency hell” it creates, I prefer the lightweight nature of traditional Linux app centers (DEB, RPM) to Snap Store or Flathub.

But Snaps and Flatpaks make one important change, moving the app packaging related work from distro maintainers to app developers. Ubuntu is pushing ahead with its Snap Store strategy and we are going to see more of it in the coming years.

Ubuntu users have a love-hate relationship with snaps. Many hate it for being slow (the proprietary app store doesn’t help things either), while others love it for its versatility. Snap Store lets developers package their apps with all its libraries and dependencies combined, making it easy to install and run.

5 Most Popular Snap Based Apps on Ubuntu (2020)

Ever wondered what’s popular on Ubuntu’s Snap Store? Here are 5 most downloaded Snap based apps.

1. VLC Media Player

VLC media player is probably as old as Ubuntu itself or even older, and needs no introduction.

Download VLC from Snap Store.

2. Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Irony runs deep on this one. The second most popular app on Ubuntu Snap Store is a Microsoft product. This would have been unthinkable even few years ago. This powerful, cross-platform, source code editor is a big hit among developers and hence the popularity.

Download Visual Studio Code from Ubuntu Snap Store.

3. Spotify

This Swedish-based music streaming service is perhaps the biggest name in business other than Apple Music. This is their official desktop client for Ubuntu.

Download Spotify from Ubuntu Snap Store

4. Canonical Livepatch

Canonical Livepatch service helps you address critical security vulnerabilities affecting the Linux Kernel, without requiring a reboot in order to take effect. If you are a casual Ubuntu user, this is probably not applicable to you. Some of the biggest users of Canonical Livepatch service include Walmart, Deutsche Telekom, ebay, AT&T, PayPal, BestBuy, Bloomberg etc.

Canonical Livepatch client on Ubuntu Snap Store

5. GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)

GIMP is perhaps one of the most recognizable opensource apps of Linux. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, or illustrator, GIMP has something for everyone. GIMP is supposed to be the Adobe Photoshop equivalent for Linux.

Download GIMP from Ubuntu Snap Store

To see distrowise breakdown of  popular snap apps, read this. Fun fact: Snap Store is the second most popular app on Debian. Skype is really popular on other platforms, so is Discord.

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