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List of most popular snap packages

This is the list of most popular snap packages by distribution

The list of most popular Snap packages. And if you are a fan of free software, this is definitely not your week. Is that, added to Stallman's resignation, now you are going to discover that linuxers seem to like us proprietary services and Microsoft applications.

Snapcraft, is the name of the project dand creation and publication of the self-contained package format by Canonical. Its managers analyzed which are the applications most downloaded by users of six distributions. And the results, at least for me, are surprising.

The analyzed distributions

Older Linux users will forgive me for revisiting familiar concepts. but, to better analyze the ranking, it is interesting review the features of each distribution.

Arch Linux: It is a highly configurable distribution whose installation requires a lot of user intervention. It has a wiki with very complete instructions:

CentOS: It is a community distribution supported by and that shares code with Red Hat. It is focused on professional use. Basically on servers.

debbian: It is a community distribution focused on offering the best free software programs on as many platforms as possible.

fedora: Community distribution focused on the home user although it has a version for servers. In general, it advances features that later the Red Hat and CentOS versions will have.

manjaro: It is a distribution based on Arch Linux but with wizards that automate and make it easier the installation process of the distribution and the different programs.

Ubuntu: Debian-based home user desktop distribution. It also has a version for servers.

List of most popular snap packages

Spotify: Official client for the music streaming service of the same name.
Code: Microsoft's Integrated Development Environment: It is a package maintained and updated by the company itself, and although it is open source, it collects information.
Skype: Official client of Microsoft's video and audio call service.
Discord: An unofficial client for the text and voice chat service for Gamers.
Wecan: Application for the use of the Kanban technique.
Slack: Another official client, this time from the service of the same name to coordinate the work of teams. It is clarified that the Linux client is in beta.
LXD: This is Canonical's container handling system.
microk8s: It is a small-scale version of Kubernetes. Kubernetes is an open source platform for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.
Helmet: A tool for managing preconfigured Kubernetes packages.
Firefox: Mozilla's browser focused on privacy.
Nextcloud: Platform to create our own cloud services.
pycharm-community: Official snap of the community version of the integrated development environment for Python.
VLC: The multimedia player compatible with most of the formats.
post-man: It is a set of tools for the development of application programming interfaces (APIs)
Chromium: The open source version of Google's browser.
Canonical-Livepatch: The system that allows to apply critical updates of the Linux kernel without having to reboot the system.

Ranking by distribution

Arch Linux

  1. Spotify
  2. --
  3. Skype
  4. Discord
  5. Slack

We Linux users like music. And for Linux programmers, Microsoft's integrated development environment. None of the other alternatives (except for Pycharm on a single distro) appear. Unless, they are installed from traditional repositories. I'm surprised Android Studio doesn't show up.

By the way, I would never have guessed the number of gamers on Arch Linux


  1. Wekan
  2. lxd
  3. microk8s
  4. Spotify
  5. Helmet

In the case of a distribution focused on the corporate field, perhaps the biggest surprise is Spotify. But, sysadmins also have the right to listen to music.


  1. Spotify
  2. lxd
  3. Firefox
  4. Nextcloud
  5. pycharm-community

Friends of Debian are inclined to free software, but they do not shy away from listening to good music when they use it. Well, good music is an expression of desire. I left Spotify when I was looking for Bach music and he offered me to listen to bachata.


  1. Spotify
  2. VLC
  3. --
  4. Postman
  5. Slack

Fedora is a distribution highly appreciated by amateur programmers, hence its ranking is a combination of entertainment programs and work tools. It should be mentioned that in this list are all official packages, that is, created by the original developers of the applications.


  1. Spotify
  2. --
  3. Slack
  4. Discord
  5. Skype.

There is not much to say here. Given the distribution profile, productivity and entertainment applications abound. Although I am still amazed at how many people are still using Skype.


  1. Vlc
  2. Spotify
  3. Skype
  4. Chromium
  5. Canonical Livepatch.

Ubuntu developers should take note and install Vlc by default instead of Totem and Rhythmbox. I'm surprised by Canonical-Livepatch, but since the statistic doesn't discriminate between servers and desktop, Livepatch's fifth place must come out there.

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  1.   pancutan said

    I'm surprised at Arch and Manjaro that they use Snap. They have yay and other clients for AUR, who have a thousand times packages than Snap.
    In 7 years of using Manjaro, once I think I had to use Snap. Everything else was provided by AUR. That is, I think Snap is fine, but in these distros they are more of a complement to something that has already been solved, and that was needed in distros where the installation of proprietary packages was unnecessarily complex.

  2.   chorax said

    I don't think that the use of Discord on Arch is mainly due to games, but to simple communication, given the fact that it is the next in use to Skype and most of the conversations between workers are exclusively voice. In that sense, Discord is the most popular replacement for Skype.

    I know that the joke with Bach and bachata stays there, a joke, but as a fan of baroque music you are surely aware that there are more interpretations of Bach on Spotify than you could ever hear in your entire life.

    Greetings, and thanks for the interesting list.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Thanks for your comment.
      Yes, it's a joke, but not because of the lack of content, if not because of the fact that I think I could listen to bachata.