QGIS goes Flatpak – a quick review with (k)ubuntu and Manjaro 18(KDE)

Although *buntu is in love with snaps (snapcraft) to deliver and update apps on any Linux distribution, it was time to have a look on the new QGIS 3.4 Flatpak package. And using Manjaro with a dated QGIS-version (and non-GRASS) in its repo, Flatpak is the quick solution.


Installing Flatpak-support within kubuntu is just one apt-command ( LTS):

sudo apt install flatpak

After installing Flatpak-support in Ubuntu, it’s easy to install QGIS 3.4 distributed as Flatpak:

flatpak install --from https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.qgis.qgis.flatpakref

After downloading a few hundred of Megabytes we can start QGIS-Flatpak 🙂

flatpak run org.qgis.qgis

On my Kubuntu 18.04.1 the Flatpak version worked quite well including 3D and everything else.


Manjaro (18/KDE)  already has Flatpak-support out of the box – so one step less to QGIS 3.4

Manjaro itself has only QGIS 3.2.x in its repo and without GRASS-support. So for the cutting-edge QGIS-user the Flatpak-repo could be a quick solution – and it works pretty well including GRASS-support 🙂

QGIS 3.2 and 3.4 (Flatpak) on Manjaro 18

The Downside…

… 800 Megs for one app :-/

Ref: app/org.qgis.qgis/x86_64/stable
ID: org.qgis.qgis
Arch: x86_64
Branch: stable
Origin: flathub
Collection ID: org.flathub.Stable
Date: 2018-11-07 08:18:18 +0000
Subject: Fix typo (1ce68a18)
Commit: 9f7b5a691c48adeb991276439786a6119f91261b27a27091692565aaa3cde8e0
Parent: 1856a7d4a0430638c1249708994b204fb5329fc01bca709597f58c219120086b
Location: /var/lib/flatpak/app/org.qgis.qgis/x86_64/stable/9f7b5a691c48adeb991276439786a6119f91261b27a27091692565aaa3cde8e0
Installed size: 899,1 MB
Runtime: org.kde.Platform/x86_64/5.11
Sdk: org.kde.Sdk/x86_64/5.11