GNOME Software 3.12.0 Released!

Today I released gnome-software 3.12.0 — with a number of new features and a huge number of bugfixes:


I think I’ve found something interesting to install — notice the auto-generated star rating which tells me how integrated the application is with my environment (i.e. is it available in my language) and if the application is being updated upstream. Those thumbnails look inviting:


We can continue browsing while the application installs — also notice the ‘tick’ — this will allow me to create and modify application folders in gnome-shell so I can put the game wherever I like:


The updates tab looks a little sad; there’s no update metadata on rawhide for my F20 GNOME 3.12 COPR, but this looks a lot more impressive on F20 or the yet-to-be-released F21. At the moment we’re using the AppData metadata in place of update descriptions there. Yet another reason to ship an AppData file.


We can now safely remove sources, which means removing the applications and addons that we installed from them. We don’t want applications sitting around on our computer not being updated and causing dependency problems in the future.


Development in master is now open, and we’ve already merged several large patches. The move to libappstream-glib is a nice speed boost, and other more user-visible features are planned. We also need some documentation; if you’re interested please let us know!

38 responses to “GNOME Software 3.12.0 Released!”

  1. Michael Gauthier

    I’m using Fedora 20 and these improvements look amazing! Thanks for all your hard work, especially on the infrastructure side of things.

    1. Fábio Nogueira

      Hi Michael!

      How to install 3.12 in Fedora 20?

      1. Lilis Iskandar

        You need to rhughes’ repo

        Once you put the .repo file to /etc/yum.repos.d, you can run “dnf update” and get Gnome 3.12 :D

        1. Fábio Nogueira

          Thank you, Lilis! ;)

  2. Jiri Eischmann

    Hi Richard, thanks for all the hard work. I’ve been using your COPR repository for a few days and it works very well! One thing about GNOME Software bugs me, though. I cannot install updates whenever I’m asked to because it requires reboot, so I postpone it till e.g. the end of the day, but the reminders keep coming. I think the frequency is too high. It should pop up once a day max.

  3. malikay

    This release is simply amazing! Thank you Mr. Hughes.

  4. Heimen Stoffels

    I’d almost switch to Fedora for this tasty and beautiful looking GNOME Software app. Too bad Arch doesn’t really play well when it comes to GNOME Software (I currently use Arch) :(

    1. Gabriel Rauter

      Yes, this would be really nice to have on arch. Unfortunately nobody has updated the packagekit integration so we are stuck with version 0.7.6…

  5. Mehdi Parhizi

    Fedora and Gnome was always a great mixture for me. Thanks for your hard works guys! :)

  6. Bastian Hougaard

    Great work Richard and thank you so much for the COPR repository!

    Has the possibility of right-clicking to activate multi-selection been implemented yet (similar to how it is done in Music, Photos and Documents)? :)

  7. AF

    Can I install updates without restarting again?

    1. Yajo

      Definitely it would be great.

      Or at least an option to “update on next shutdown”. Having to interrupt my work for rebooting and updating is annoying.

  8. toca

    Do you cooperate with Debian for the screenshot?

    Its max 800×600, but it is already done and easy to add.

  9. FormerUser

    Well done, it reminds me of Windows 3.1.

  10. Cole Robinson

    Hi Richard, can you point to the code or a wiki page that describes how the star ratings are calculated? Or are the only two criteria just language and update frequency.

  11. toca

    Category: Games
    could we get other sub-categories?
    My grandma would use “action” where I would distinguish between “first-person shooter” and “action-puzzle” (Zaz,
    Strategy: “turn-based” or “real-time”, etc. Maybe let the game freaks do this for ya?

    Besides the tree-like categories and sub-categories, how about a filter?
    A) For examples this site: has some /*useful*/ filters to find the hardware, that I am looking for.
    B) Debtags: Debian introduced something for that, of course bound to their packages: “debtags”
    But so far I haven’t managed to use these tags to filter for all SDL-based games, or all First-person shooters.

    How about something similar for software?

    Currently running Fedora 20 with your COPR for GNOME 3.12, but of course I still miss Debian and would like to return to it one day… you cannot “own” 37.500 packages, but it’s still nice to have all of that software ready. They got wise and adopted systemd, GNOME 3.12 support will arrive some day…

  12. toca

    Package desriptions:
    nPush, “A logic game similar to Sokoban” or “rogue-like” etc.

    My great-grandmother may have heard of Sokoban and Rogue, I do know any.

    Yes, you probably get the descriptions from upstream. How about a filter?

  13. smea

    Very nice, thank you. Is someone updating the Ubuntu repository? I’d really love to get my hands on this gem.

  14. toca

    AppData, hmm:

    I would like to play “Rigs of Rods”. But since neither Debian nor Fedora package it, and I am to lazy to compile it myself, I will wait until I can install Rigs of Rods the “suave” way: Linux containers for Applications. Correct, no more RPM/DEB-packages, and also less shared libries on the system. Also less dependency hell for the distros.

    It also means, I can install any version I like and also that upstream, can package any version just once for pretty much all Linux distros out there. Finally. And we have only waited 14+ years for this.

    Is the work now flowing into this AppData-thingy going to be useful for those packages?

  15. zedtux

    Hi folks,

    I’m developing an app ( and I would like to publish it in this store. Can you please point me to a documentation to publish it ?

    Also what about paying application ?

    Thank you !

  16. zedtux

    Ho and by the way, I really like your work ! The store is simple and beautiful !

    There are not so much information, only the needed once.
    As already pointed out in previous comments, only screenshots are missing, otherwise it’s just perfect !

  17. jadd

    Will be also avalable any plugins in future? Such as for Gentoo (emerge, layman, gentoolkit etc.).
    If it were, it would can be awesome universal tool. Searching through regular expressions like bonus.
    Thank you developers.

  18. toca

    Install “gnome-chemistry-utils”, it is one package containing GChemPaint, GChemCalc, GChem3D, GCrystal, GSpectrum and GChemTable.

    I can see gnome-chemistry-utils nor one of the contained applications to put it into the folder Chemistry.

  19. toca

    Install puzzles.x86_64 (, this fedora package contains even more distinct programs, that each has its own entry in the GNOME Shell application picker/launcher.

    Howto treat these cases?

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