Les dépôts Flatpak sont le mécanisme principal pour publier des applications, ainsi elles peuvent être installées par des utilisateurs.

Certains aspects des dépôts sont couverts par d’autres sections de cette documentation. Les commandes basiques pour ajouter, supprimer et inspecter les dépôts peuvent être trouvées dans la section Utiliser Flatpak. Additionnellement, la section sur Flatpak Builder couvre la façon la plus commune pour ajouter des applications à un dépôt.

Pour utiliser un dépôt pour publier une application, il est possible d’héberger le vôtre (expliqué dans la prochaine section, Héberger un dépôt) ou utiliser Flathub, le service principal de publication et d’hébergement des applications Flatpak.

Software center applications like GNOME Software or KDE Discover allow browsing repositories, and can also dynamically promote new or popular applications. If you use Flathub, the repository will typically have already been added by users, so adding an application to the repository is sufficient to make it available to them.

fichiers .flatpakref

.flatpakref files can be used in combination with repositories to provide an additional, easy way for users to install an application, often by clicking on the file or a download link.

Internally, .flatpakref files are simple description files that include information about a Flatpak application. An example:

[Flatpak Ref]
Title=fr.free.Homebank from flathub

As can be seen, the file includes the ID of the application and the location of the repository that contains it, as well a link to information about the repository that provides the application’s runtime. .flatpakref files therefore contain all the information needed to install an application.


Les fichiers .flatpakref incluent une version encodée en base64 de la clé GPG qui a été utilisée pour signer le dépôt. Elle peut être obtenue avec la commande suivante:

$ base64 --wrap=0 < key.gpg

One advantage of .flatpakref files is that they can be used to install applications even if their repository hasn’t been added by the user. In this case the repository that contains the application will either be automatically installed, or the user will be prompted to install it. This will also happen if the necessary runtime isn’t present.

.flatpakref can be used to install applications from the command line as well as with graphical software installers. This is done with the standard flatpak install command, which accepts both local and remote .flatpakref files. For example:

$ flatpak install https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/fr.free.Homebank.flatpakref

Ou, si le même fichier a été téléchargé:

$ flatpak install fr.free.Homebank.flatpakref

Publier des mises à jour

Flatpak repositories are similar to Git repositories, in that they store every version of an application by keeping a record of the difference between each version. This makes updating efficient, since only the difference (or « delta ») between two versions needs to be downloaded when an update is performed.

When a new version of an application is added to a repository, it immediately becomes available to users. Software centers are able to automatically check for and install new versions. Those who are using the command line have to manually run flatpak update to check for and install new versions of any applications they have installed.