See How To Fix Application Issues in Elementary OS Loki


There are a ton of new features in elementary OS Loki, one of which is the new custom software center called ‘AppCenter’. But we saw this one coming: new app center, new problems.

many users mentioned that they have been experiencing issues while installing the new elementary OS and honestly, we have too. So, this article is dedicated to handling those issues one by one.

Loki App Center Shows Just a Few Apps

If like us, you just newly installed elementary OS Loki and then tried to install a new program, Firefox for example, you would notice the emptiness of the AppCenter as it shows only a handful of apps.

For example, see a screenshot of the graphics section of our app center – just the single application which came installed by default.


This one is an easy one to fix. All you have to do is use the “update and upgrade” command (which is one of the first things you should do after installing ANY Linux distro).

To do so, open a terminal (press Super Key+T) and use the command below:

sudo apt update

Reboot your system and your AppCenter should display a lot more applications now.


Next problem:

Installing .deb Packages in elementary OS Loki

You cannot install .deb packages by double clicking on it to install it with the default AppCenter program in elementary OS Loki. Whether this is a bug or a feature by design, we don’t know – but we sure don’t like the issue as it makes installig apps like Google Chrome and other applications that aren’t avialable in the AppCenter a pain.

Downloading .deb packages and software installation by double clicking is the standard in Debian based Linux distros so this one comes as a surprise to us

You can easily install the .deb packages using the command line. Just open your terminal and enter the following command:

sudo apt install <path to deb package>

After the installation is complete you should be good to go.

Using PPA in elementary OS

Ubuntu based Linux distros depend heavily on the PPA as it provides an easier way to install third-party applications, however, many Linux user shy away from them because of the more often than not pose a security risk.

PPAs are not ‘verified’ from the Linux distribution itself since they are usually provided by program developers so that users can easily install packaged software. PPA have in the past been compared with Windows .exe files and that’s the reason why adding PPAs are disabled by default on Ubuntu server installations.

Honestly, we cannot live without PPAs, but adding them is disabled by default in Loki – so, here is a workaround for you. Use the following command to allow you add PPA repositories:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

That’s all you need to do to use PPA in elementary OS Loki.

These are al the issues we have noticed so far. As we notice more we will post fixes for them.

Are there any ones we missed? Or maybe you are experiencing your own issues; feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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Martins Okoi
Computer Science enthusiasts with a passion for learning new things. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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