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Do you use any of these apps? Meet the most installed on Linux this year

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As with any operating system, Linux distributions have apps that users tend to use more. These reveal trends and preferences of this community, something that Canonical decided to compile.

After starting in 2019 the collection of installation data for apps on various systems, this year repeats the list presentation. We are able to know which apps are most installed on different Linux distributions.


When it launched the Snap packages, Ubuntu created an ecosystem that is truly transversal to Linux distributions. This form of installation has made it easier for programmers, especially in the process of distributing software and apps.

Most installed apps on Linux in 2020

With an ecosystem created and available to everyone, Canonical is able to create metrics and evaluate the most installed software. In 2020 the undisputed king seems to be Spotify, which is at the top of several distributions, being used more and more.

Arch Linux CentOS Debian Fedora Manjaro Ubuntu
spotify certbot certbot spotify spotify vlc
skype microk8s snap-store disagree code code
disagree lxd spotify postman skype spotify
code wekan postman anbox zoom-client canonical-livepatch
anbox helm code code disagree gimp

It is also important to highlight the growth that Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code has had. This is one of the apps of one of the companies that has most bet on operating systems that compete with their Windows.

Canonical Linux Apps Spotify distributions

Spotify already dominated this list of Linux in 2019

These data can be compared with last year. In 2019, Spotify dominated most of the tables of the different distributions, with Code starting to show a very interesting presence in these distributions.

Arch Linux CentOS Debian Fedora Manjaro Ubuntu
spotify wekan spotify spotify spotify vlc
code lxd lxd vlc code spotify
skype microk8s firefox code slack skype
disagree spotify nextcloud postman disagree chromium
slack helm pycharm-community slack skype canonical-livepatch

Interestingly, we don’t have a browser this year. These accompany the installation of the operating system and, therefore, are out of the list of installed apps. There are still other apps that are left out of this list, such as GNOME, KDE or WINE.

With more and more entertainment and productivity apps, it is clear that the use of these distributions is to replace Windows. Canonical’s list of apps also shows that each of the different distributions has a very specific target audience, with specific needs.

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