flatpak-install(1) Install an application or runtime


flatpak install [OPTION...] REMOTE NAME [BRANCH]
flatpak install [OPTION...] --bundle FILENAME


Installs an application or runtime. REMOTE must name an existing remote and NAME is the name of the application or runtime to install. Optionally, BRANCH can be specified to install a branch other than the default branch. This required if there are multiple matches in the selected remote.

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

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 instead of a configured remote. Such bundles can be created with the flatpak build-bundle command.


The following options are understood:

-h, --help

Show help options and exit.


Install from a bundle file instead of a configured remote.


Create a per-user installation.


Create a per-user installation.


Create a system-wide installation.


The architecture to install for.


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 it whatever is locally available.


Don't download related extensions, such as the locale data.


Only look for an app with the given name.


Only look for an runtime with the given name.

-v, --verbose

Print debug information during command processing.


Print version information and exit.


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