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Background service that manages and maintains installed snaps

Note: you do not need to install snapd manually if you already have snap installed.

Snaps are app packages for desktop, cloud and IoT that update automatically, are easy to install, secure, cross-platform and dependency-free. They're being used on millions of Linux systems every day.

Alongside its various service and management functions, snapd:

  • provides the snap command that's used to install and remove snaps and interact with the wider snap ecosystem
  • implements the confinement policies that isolate snaps from the base system and from each other
  • governs the interfaces that allow snaps to access specific system resources outside of their confinement

For general details, including installation and Getting started guides, head over to our Snap documentation:

If you want to build your own snaps, start with our Creating a snap documentation:

Get involved

This is an open source project and we warmly welcome community contributions, suggestions, and constructive feedback. If you're interested in contributing, please take a look at our Code of Conduct first.

Get in touch

We're friendly! We have a community forum at where we discuss feature plans, development news, issues, updates and troubleshooting. You can chat in realtime with the snapd team and our wider community on the #snappy ( IRC channel on freenode (

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The snapd source code can be found on GitHub:

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Last updated
15 December 2020

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