sudo apt-get install appcenter

in Terminal gives me

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package appcenter is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'appcenter' has no installation candidate

2 Answers 2


I've encountered the same issue. I deleted contain of /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory by mistake.

Add a file into /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ as named appcenter.list.

Insert the line below into the file that's been created newly:

deb http://packages.elementary.io/appcenter xenial main

then try again:

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install appcenter

I overcame the issue by this way.

  • Had to do this a few times but it finally kicked, thanks, working great now!
    – mixy
    May 29, 2017 at 3:00
sudo apt install --reinstall appcenter
  • 'Software-center is already the newest version'
    – mixy
    Mar 22, 2017 at 21:34
  • yep, see the "about" section
    – Javi343
    Mar 22, 2017 at 21:39

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