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Installing Podman Desktop from a Flatpak bundle

Consider installing a Flatpak bundle rather than from Flathub when:

  • You cannot use Flathub.
  • You want to install an unreleased version.



  1. Download the Flatpak bundle to a $HOME/Downloads/podman-desktop-<version>.flatpak file from:

  2. Install Podman Desktop from the downloaded Flatpak bundle:

    $ flatpak install --user $HOME/Downloads/podman-desktop-<version>.flatpak


  • Open Podman Desktop from a terminal:

    $ flatpak run io.podman_desktop.PodmanDesktop

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