Ubuntu – Programs installed via snap not showing up in Launcher


Just updated to Ubuntu 16.04 & trying snap packages for first time.

So I needed meshlab to view some stl files. Ran in to issue with p-i-t-n log in. Found that command line install of snap packages does not need the log in. Did:

sudo snap install meshlab

and hey presto meshlap installed, no pitn log in. Works fine from command line. However program does not show up in the launcher. Why is this? Do snap packages not show up in launcher? How can I fix this?

Best Answer

If you are using zsh, the snap binary and desktop directories will not automatically be added to your environment variables. In order to solve this, I added the following line to /etc/zsh/zprofile (taken from Arch):

emulate sh -c 'source /etc/profile'

This will process your /etc/profile file with bash emulation, which in turn sources /etc/profile.d/* and sets the proper PATHs, etc.

To add only the snap directories to your path, without including all the rest of the default bash profile:

emulate sh -c 'source /etc/profile.d/apps-bin-path.sh'