A command-line search tool for AppImage, Flatpak, and Snap

Unix Philosophy

Entering a number from the search results at the command line opens the selected application's page from the respective app store in your browser and offers to either download or install the app depending on the package (Figure 3). Following the Unix philosophy of "do one thing and do it well," Chob does not do any more than this.

Figure 3: Entering the number of the desired application takes you to the corresponding app store in your web browser. In the case of AppImage, you can download the application, while Flatpak and Snap let you install it.


Chob proves to be a useful little tool when it comes to finding software that is available in alternative package formats. You may even find applications for a given keyword that you didn't know existed, because the app stores offer numerous applications that are missing from many distributions' repositories.

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