Can I remove snap?

Asked by actionparsnip on 2020-07-20

Hi I am wondering if I can disable snaps on my system. The packages will never change now and I am using Focal. I have ran the below:

# snap list
Name Version Rev Tracking Publisher Notes
core18 20200707 1880 latest/stable canonical✓ base
lxd 4.3 16100 latest/stable/… canonical✓ -
snapd 2.45.2 8542 latest/stable canonical✓ snapd

Is this just snap existing or are there applications installed using snap? If not, how can I remove snap entirely and will this affect my OS now or later on?


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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

What I know is that some software is available only as snap, e.g. chromium-browser.
The command "apt install chromium-browser" installs an almost empty .deb file that then installs the snap version of chromium in its preinst script.

Yeah I know that bit but I've installed Spotify from their repo and the system is as it should be. No other software will be added or removed so can I remove snap and not hurt the OS.

To be honest I can recreate the box easily as it does so little but I was just curious if people knew I could remove it.

The output seems to just be the bare bones of snap with no apps installed using the method.

Kai Kasurinen (kai-kasurinen) said : #3

You have installed lxd and snapd snaps? Its fine remove/purge snapd if you dont need it.

Kai Kasurinen (kai-kasurinen) said : #4

Just note. On Ubuntu 20.04 desktop 'Ubuntu Software' is snap-store snap installed from special channel.

Just Spotify and VPN. The rest is the default stuff in LXDE. Nothing fancy. Will remove it and report back

Just checked your link. I don't use the GUI apps to install applications. I know what I want. The GUI way is far too slow IMHO.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #7

I suggest that you just try what's happening if you "snap remove" the three snap packages and "apt uninstall" snapd (and eventually other snap-related deb packages)

My expectation is that Ubuntu will still run, but you might be missing some functions (like lxd or chromium-browser - if you don't use these you should be fine).

I was on about:

sudo apt uninstall snapd

Fully remove the snap system. Still OK?

Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #9

Just try.
The worst thing that can happen is a broken system requiring repair or newinstall.
I assume that you are able to do that if needed.

Should be OK. Just curious really. Cheers man

Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.