Ubuntu: resolve dotnet-sdk snap `command 'dotnet' not found`

Date: 2019-02-11 | ubuntu | tutorial | dotnet-sdk | dotnet-core | snap | troubleshoot |


I'm trying to install and run dotnet-sdk on Ubuntu but after I run sudo snap install dotnet-sdk, I keep getting the error command 'dotnet' not found.

I've tried searching around and the best answers have told me to symlink the dotnet binaries / add to path but those haven't worked. I sanity checked and closed my terminals / restarted my computer but that didn't work either. How can I resolve this?


Believe it or not, this is actually expected default behavior when dotnet-sdk is installed via snap (see discussion). The reason for this is that snap tries to ensure that all its packages and their respective functions are properly namespaced. So the dotnet command you're seeing used around the web, will actually be namespaced to PACKAGE.COMMAND or dotnet-sdk.dotnet. If you run that, you should get the expected command line output.

If you want to make it so that you can call dotnet-sdk.dotnet without the full namespace for ergonomics / consistency with code you'd find online, you can alias it to dotnet with sudo snap alias dotnet-sdk.dotnet dotnet

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