Fixing the “Pending Update of Firefox snap” Error in Ubuntu

If you are using Ubuntu 22.04, you might have received this notification.

Fixing the “Pending Update of Firefox snap” Error in
Ubuntuopen any website until you restarted the browser.

Fixing the “Pending Update of Firefox snap” Error in
UbuntuFirefox browser to Snap packaging by default, the Ubuntu team made some changes to the update process.

This notification is part of that ‘improved user experience.’ Here, Firefox is not stopping you from browsing anymore. It asks you to restart the browser at your convenience to update.

But why does it keep showing the notification even after your restart the browser or the system?

Because it’s a poor notification message that doesn’t give you the complete information.

Firefox update hasn’t even begun

When you see the ‘pending Firefox update’ you wrongly presume that the application has been updated in the background and restart will upgrade it to the newer version.

That’s the case here. The snap packages in Ubuntu refresh (update) automatically once or a couple of times a day. To avoid disruption of work where Firefox doesn’t let you browse anything until you restart to install the updates, Ubuntu doesn’t even update the Firefox Snap package in the background.

Instead, when the Snap package refresh takes place, it shows the notification and expects you to close the browser immediately so it can be updated with other Snap packages.

But that’s not what users like you and me can do, right? See the notification, and close the browser immediately? Not very convenient.

But when you get the time to close the browser, the Snap refresh is not taking place to update the browser.

You can see that a newer Snap version of Firefox is available but it won’t be installed automatically as long as Firefox is running.

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