Ubuntu Software Center

Did you just install Ubuntu 16.04 on your computer only to figure out that the Ubuntu Software Center is not loading? Multiple users have reported that the Software Center always shows “No Application Data Found”. This is a known problem, and I too faced the exact same issue on one of my test PCs.

Ubuntu Software Center Error
Ubuntu Software Center Error

Fortunately, fix to this problem is easy and straightforward. An update was released by the Ubuntu team which had fixed the issue.

Canonical knows about the issue and since then they have issued an updated Ubuntu Software Center.

However, if you have a fresh Ubuntu 16.04 installation, the updated Software Center is not yet installed on your computer because the update is not included in the downloaded Ubuntu ISO builds.

Fix Ubuntu 16.04 Software Center not loading apps issue

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal’.

Step 2) Run the following command to update the repository sources.

sudo apt-get update

Step 3) Now install the updates.

sudo apt-get upgrade

Wait for the process to finish. Try reopening Ubuntu Software Center. Did it fix the issue? For most of the users, the problem should end here. For some reason, if the issue is not solved yet, try to reinstall gnome software. Follow steps 4 & 5.

Step 4) Run the following command to remove gnome software.

sudo apt-get autoremove gnome-software

Step 5) Use this command to reinstall gnome software.

sudo apt-get install gnome-software

Synaptic Package Manager

Still no luck? In such case, you can use Synaptic Package Manager as an alternative to the Ubuntu Software Center. You will get all the applications that are in Ubuntu Software Center in Synaptic too.

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Step 6) Launch Terminal and run the following command to install synaptic.

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Step 7) Launch it from ‘Applications’.

Did any of the above fixes work for you? Do let us know your experience in comments below.

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henry
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henry

It works for me after the update in Step 3. Thanks!

Haroldo
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Haroldo

Did you restart the machine?

Kate
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Kate

Thank you for making this tutorial and writing instructions so clearly (I’m a beginner). For me it works again after step 3!

Maneesh
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Maneesh

thx dear love your linux deeply and enjoy

David
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David

Thank-you very much, great well explained simple solution fixed by step 3.

Danish Ateeque Shaikh
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Danish Ateeque Shaikh

no still not working the error is E: Package ‘gnome-software’ has no installation candidate

and then after install syntax error is
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

what the hell am i supposed to do

Haroldo
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Haroldo

Update/Upgrade didn’t get any luck. However, Synaptic worked fine.

techie
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techie

Everthing got stopped in my system after running sudo apt-get upgrade command.

Rikki
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Rikki

Launch it from “Applications”? Where do I find that?

Runion
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Runion

wow, scratching my head. No software candidates. i have lost software operation since STUDIO 17.10. Man the install time is L O N G and slow and first start/run is S L O W. This is BOTH 17.10 and 18.04. The speed seems to pick up after the upgrade window appears and you select it but the software window is sparse on apps. My latest install has only 2 games and it won’t let me download, web or term and additional programs/apps. The forum fixes only return “NO CANDIDATE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD”… 16.04 at least ran and had some apps… Read more »

Roy Zderitch
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Roy Zderitch

Thanks for this fix man. I was using the command prompt to complete all my tasks. This seems very easy.

Md. Rakib Hasan
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Md. Rakib Hasan

Yes, It’s works. 🙂 after step-3. Thanks a lot. (Y)

guest
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guest

followed all steps, no luck. Synaptic isn’t found by Applications. Software updater also isn’t working. I’m getting a persistent error relating to a Download Helper coapp.

sb rex
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sb rex

thanks a lot man

Kevin M
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Kevin M

Found article a little confusing. The picture on top is not of software-center, but of Ubuntu Software (aka gnome-software). I read in another site that “software-center was abandoned in 16.04 in favor of gnome-software You should use that. If you really want to install the old one type sudo apt install software-center in a terminal…” sources: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1035243/cant-find-the-ubuntu-software-center https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME_Software I tried the steps in your article but it didn’t fix things for me. My Ubuntu Software seems to be missing a categories section & there are no user reviews. Since I couldn’t fix (or didn’t like) the new Ubuntu Software, I… Read more »

gpaCook
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gpaCook

I just ran into the problem, and it also worked for me after step 3. I did have to reboot.

chandra
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chandra

Still not working.