I have used snap package manager to install several applications on elementary OS. But when I want to start any app it may take a long time (up to several minutes). Sometimes app does not start and I need to click on app icon and wait again.

There is no same problem with default elementary OS AppCenter. These apps open quickly enough.

  • I do not think this is elementary OS specific. Snaps start slower than other apps, but if it is that bad, you might want to Google for a solution to his problem on Ubuntu 18.04 (which Juno is based off of after all) I'd suggest writing a post on ubuntuforums.org if the search doesn't yield anything helpful.
    – rasmus91
    Commented Nov 21, 2019 at 8:18

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I've heard of similar issues with Snap apps off and on. One easy alternative is to use Flatpak apps from Flathub when apps exist in both places.

To install an app from Flathub:

  1. Visit the app's page on Flathub
  2. Click the Install button on the web page
  3. Depending on your browser, Sideload may open automatically. If not, choose to open the downloaded file with Sideload.
  4. Read and agree to the implications of installing an untrusted app from Flatpak.

If this is the first Flatpak app you've installed, it might not show up in the Applications Menu until you log out and back in—future Flatpak apps will show up instantly. You can then uninstall the snap version.

It's typically recommended to use Flatpak apps on elementary OS instead of snap because elementary has officially backed Flatpak, elementary OS supports Flatpak out of the box, and elementary developers have put significant work into making sure it's easy to install and update Flatpak apps without having to use a Terminal.


If your snapd version is older than 2.36.2, it might be a font-caching issue, as written here.

  • My snapd version is newer than 2.36.2: snap 2.39.2 snapd 2.39.2 series 16 elementary 5.0 kernel 4.15.0-52-generic Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 18:08
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    According to this thread, it seems, the culprit is not operating system, but Snap technology itself: reddit.com/r/Ubuntu/comments/9scoif/… Suggested solution? Avoid using snap if you can, and stick to other distribution formats (.deb, flatpaks etc.)
    – a-tokarev
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 9:03

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