AppImage Pool standalone App Store for AppImages

Short Story: Now we have AppImage Pool, a standalone GUI app store to Find and Manage AppImages.

In Linux, we have many different ways to install applications like Snap, Flatpak, AppImages, and default package manager.

The common thing in them they all provide their custom app store or platform to Find, Manage, Install Apps except AppImages.

For newbies, AppImages is a bundle of any application. Inside, a single-bundle application provides all required tools with required dependencies.

How to create .desktop shortcut Icon to App Manager in Linux

This method allows us to run the same application across different Linux distributions.

AppImages Pool: A GUI App Store for AppImages

AppImage Pool
AppImages Pool: A GUI App Store for AppImages

AppImage Pool developed using flutter is a front-end GUI-based App Store to Find, Manage, Download, and Install AppImages on your system.

This application, do not host any AppImages except they link the project GitHub page of AppImages to download available AppImages from GitHub directly.

The GUI is pretty simple, and the theme is adaptive depending upon your system theme. While using this App Store, you may feel it is similar to the Ubuntu App Store.

Features

  • Non-Profit App Store.
  • App organized in different categories.
  • Direct download from GitHub, without any middle server.
  • List all version of available release.
  • Upgrade and Downgrade are pretty handy.
  • Manage downloaded AppImages.
  • Optimize downloader.

Download

Two different ways are available to download this App Store on your system. Please choose one of the below-listed methods to download and install it on your system.

Flatpak

In your system, you can easily download it from FlatHub and install it using Flatpak.

$ flatpak install flathub io.github.prateekmedia.appimagepool

Once installed on your system, use the below command to run.

$ flatpak run io.github.prateekmedia.appimagepool

AppImage

Directly download the latest version of the AppImage Pool from the release page. Or, you can also use wget command to download it on your system.

$ wget https://github.com/prateekmedia/appimagepool/releases/download/4.9.0/appimagepool-x86_64.AppImage

Give executable permission to this AppImage using the below command.

$ chmod +x appimagepool-x86_64.AppImage

Now you can run it on your system using the below command.

$ ./appimagepool-x86_64.AppImage

Development Build

A guy with the taste for the first release features first. Then you can install the development build of AppImage Pool.

Download the latest Development build from the GitHub release page, or use the below wget method.

$ wget https://github.com/prateekmedia/appimagepool/releases/download/continuous/appimagepool-x86_64.AppImage

Give the executable permission to your AppImage.

$ chmod +x appimagepool-x86_64.AppImage

Now run using the below command.

$ ./appimagepool-x86_64.AppImage

AppImages Usage

The client GUI is divided into three segments Browse, Downloads, Installed, and Preferences. Let us discuss each one by one.

Browse

In the Browse section, all AppImages are classified into different categories, allowing them to be easily found. If you cannot find any images, then take the help of the search bar and search for your AppImage.

AppImage Pool Search Bar
AppImage Pool Search Bar

Once your AppImage is found, click on it, and you will find the download button in the top right corner.

AppImage download option
AppImage download option

When you click on it, it will popup windows with all the available AppImages of that specific App.

Available AppImage Release
Available AppImage Release

There is only one release in Audacity, but different applications like blender have multiple releases. Choose the one, then click on the checkbox next to the release name and download.

Download AppImage
Download AppImage

Downloads

After clicking the download button, it will start to download your application from the project GitHub page. All current downloading applications will be listed in the Download section.

AppImage Pool Download Section
AppImage Pool Download Section

The default location for download applications is “~/Downloads”. But you can manually change it to a different location.

Installed

All of the downloaded and available AppImages on your system will be listed in the Installed section.

AppImage Pool Installed Section
AppImage Pool Installed Section

To open, click on the respective application. You can also remove the application by clicking the garbage icon just before the application name.

Preferences

In the Preferences section, you can change the theme and download location for your AppImages.

AppImage Pool Preferences Section
AppImage Pool Preferences Section

Final Thought

AppImage Pool is a pretty handy tool and good for beginners, but a few things I found weird, like for some Applications, they got a new release, but AppImage Pool is still showing the previous version of that application.

Overall it is a good application for me. Share your thoughts and opinion in the comment section.

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