App Grid: Lighter Alternative Of Ubuntu Software Center

The default app store for Ubuntu, Ubuntu Software Center is a nice yet extremely slow and resource heavy application. For me, Ubuntu Software Centre is among the few things I hate in Ubuntu. For sometimes now, I was feeling the need of a lighter version of Ubuntu Software Centre. And it seems like I was not the only one to think like that.

The first version of App Grid, a new lighter alternative of Ubuntu Software Center has been released. As the name suggests, it shows the apps (from the sources already added in the system) in a grid view.

Despite of being lighter, it is a full fledged app store and has almost all the capabilities of Ubuntu Software Center. You can search for apps, sort them in category, install, update and remove the existing apps. When you click on an app, you can see the screenshots, read description and read the review. It also has an option to log in with Ubuntu One account so that you can rate and review the apps. Here is a screenshot of the App Grid interface:

App Grid A Lighter Alternative To Ubuntu Software center

You might have noticed that some apps have green circles in the middle. It indicates that these apps are already installed on the system.

Features of App Grid:

Here are some main features of App Grid:

  • Much lighter than default Ubuntu Software Center
  • Discover new apps, view screenshots, read description and review
  • Search, filter and sort for the apps
  • Install new apps
  • Update or remove existing apps
  • Easily see what programs have been installed on the system
  • Sign in with Ubuntu One account to access your purchases
  • Rate a program and write review with Ubuntu One account

Install App Grid in Ubuntu 13.04:

At present, App Grid is only available for Ubuntu 13.04 now available for Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10. To install App Grid in Ubuntu 13.04, use the following commands in a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install appgrid

Is App Grid really an alternative to Ubuntu Software Center?

Despite of being the first stable release, App Grid is surprisingly nice. With almost all the features of Ubuntu Software Center, its USP is its lightweight. Though it’s not FOSS, with the support of Ubuntu One sign, it truly deserves to be called the worthy alternative of Ubuntu Software Center. What you think?

  • Matt Tucci

    5 words. Synaptic Package Manager.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Ever powerful Synaptic is more of a legacy now and the users new to Ubuntu might not be comfortable with it. Ubuntu Software Center and App Grid works as the popular App Stores (like iTunes and Google Play Store) for Ubuntu. It will only help in bringing more and more users to Linux desktop, in my opinion.

      • Matt Tucci

        Could be.

    • Sangeet Khatri


      • Matt Tucci


  • Mike Osirez Malott

    I haven’t tried this yet but besides being bloated, I find a lot more things wrong with the Software Center. Without going into a long list of what I hate basically I feel that it really needs to get to the functionality of Google Play or iTunes before its a draw to new users and old ones alike. Even Steam has come in and made an easy experience of finding and buying apps on the Linux desktop.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Completely agree!

      It does need to have a better interface and light on resources.

  • Caprico

    Didn’t know about App Grid but really like it. It’s not perfect, but nicer to use than the official Ubuntu Store. Not a big fan of the listed previews, since it makes it difficult to find the right software (prefer to see icons to recognize an application).

    App Grid is incredible fast & shows that Ubuntu store is incredibly slow…
    Since I don’t download software everyday it’s not that important, but good to have an alternative.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Ubuntu Software Center and AppGrid, both needs to improve in terms of organizing the contents. A list of best apps, best of free apps would be great, somewhat like Play Store. I hope that it will be better in near future.

  • Niket

    Please update this article to reflect support for Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks. I came to know about it last week only but could not update the article. Its updated now :)

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