flatpak-install man page

flatpak-install — Install an application or runtime


flatpak install [OPTION...] REMOTE REF...

flatpak install [OPTION...] [--bundle | --from] FILENAME


Installs an application or runtime. REMOTE must name an existing remote and REF is a reference to the application or runtime to install.

Each REF arguments is a full or partial indentifier in the flatpak ref format, which looks like "(app|runtime)/ID/ARCH/BRANCH". All elements except ID are optional and can be left out, including the slashes, so most of the time you need only specify ID. Any part left out will be matched against what is in the remote, and if there are multiple matches an error message will list the alternatives.

By default this looks for both apps and runtime with the given REF in the specified REMOTE, but you can limit this by using the --app or --runtime option, or by supplying the initial element in the REF.

Note that flatpak allows one to have multiple branches of an application and runtimes installed and used at the same time. However, only version of an application one can be current, meaning its exported files (for instance desktop files and icons) are visible to the host. The last installed version is made current by default, but you can manually change with make-current.

Unless overridden with the --user option, this command creates a system-wide installation.

The alternative form of the command installs an application from a single-file bundle or a flatpakref file instead of a configured remote. Bundles can be created with the flatpak build-bundle command, flatpakref files are simple references to a remote repo for an application.


The following options are understood:

-h, --help
Show help options and exit.
Install from a bundle file instead of a configured remote.
Install from a flatpakref file instead of a configured remote.
Create a per-user installation.
Create a system-wide installation.
The default architecture to install for, if not given explicitly in the REF.
Install only a subpath of the ref. This is mainly used to install a subset of locales. This can be added multiple times to install multiple subpaths.,
Download the latest version, but don't deploy it.
Don't download the latest version, deploy whatever is locally available.
Don't download related extensions, such as the locale data.
Don't verify runtime dependencies when installing.
Assume that all REFs are apps if not explicitly specified.
Assume that all REFs are runtimes if not explicitly specified.
-v, --verbose
Print debug information during command processing.
Print OSTree debug information during command processing.
Print version information and exit.


$ flatpak --user install test-repo org.gnome.GEdit

See Also

flatpak(1), flatpak-update(1), flatpak-list(1), flatpak-build-bundle(1), flatpak-flatpakref(1)

Referenced By

flatpak(1), flatpak-flatpakref(5), flatpak-info(1), flatpak-list(1), flatpak-make-current(1), flatpak-update(1).

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