[Ubuntu 20.04] Ubuntu Software Says ‘No Application Found’ for Non-Snap Apps

When searching for non-snap applications (applications from universe repository) in Ubuntu 20.04 Software utility, it always says ‘No Application Found’.

Ubuntu Software in Ubuntu 20.04 is actually Snap Store. At the moment, you can not search for and install any application other than Snap packages via the utility.

A workaround is to install back the old Gnome Software, which is the default in previous Ubuntu releases and has exactly same user interface.

1. Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu.

2. When terminal opens, run command to install Gnome Software:

sudo apt install gnome-software

3. Once installed, refresh system package cache either via Software Updater or by running command:

sudo apt update

4. Finally launch Gnome Software from application menu and enjoy!

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. Pierre-Luc Daoust

    It seems to have been fixed in the final release. I can download from the repositories through Ubuntu Software.

    • I’m using the latest release on a dual booted Windows 10 system and seeing NO images when I click on topics such as productivity or Games. Please help

  2. Thanks a lot – appreciate your easy solution.

  3. Yes this fixed it i did it when my steam application gave an error no internet connection . i just uninstalled steam . opened terminal ‘sudo apt install gnome-software’ and installed steam from “SOFTWARE” application instead of “UBUNTU SOFTWARE”
    bhoom it fixed the issue

  4. still no application found on 20.10

  5. Didn’t work for me. I see NOTHING when I click on ‘Productivity’ in the Ubuntu software app. I’m a new user and this is supposed to be easy, right? I’m thinking of deleting Ubuntu now. I followed steps above and no go. please help. thx