Snappy (package manager)

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Developer(s) Canonical Ltd.
Initial release 9 December 2014; 3 years ago (2014-12-09)[1]
Stable release 1.5
Written in Go
Operating system Ubuntu
License GPL 3

Snappy is a transactional package manager built by Canonical Ltd. for the Ubuntu operating system. Part of Ubuntu Core, the tool provides a mechanism to apply atomic software updates.[1][2]

Snappy has been deployed in internet of things environments, ranging from consumer-facing products[3] to enterprise device management gateways,[4] and is used on Ubuntu Touch devices.

Snappy is included by default in Ubuntu 16.04 desktop images. Developers can use snaps to create command line tools, background services as well as desktop applications. [5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shuttleworth, Mark (9 December 2014). "Announcing Ubuntu Core, with snappy transactional updates!". 
  2. Willis, Nathan (28 January 2015). "Ubuntu Core and Snappy". Linux Weekly News. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  3. Vaughan-Nichols, Stephen J. (11 May 2015). "Ubuntu jumps into Internet of Things with Acer, GE, and Microsoft". ZDNet. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  4. Sherman, Jordana. "Snappy Core unlocks IoT value within the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series". Ubuntu Insights. Canonical Ltd. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  5. "Canonical unveils 6th LTS release of Ubuntu with 16.04". Ubuntu Insights. Canonical Ltd. Retrieved 22 April 2016.