As it stands right now, changing basic
Flatpak permissions requires the usage of either the command line, or a third-party application (
Flatseal). These permissions should be adjustable within
Here’s a side-by-side between
Whether you are for or against it, Flatpaks have become a very popular form of application delivery, included out-of-the-box with many of the most popular GNOME-first distros (e.g. Fedora Workstation, Silverblue, etc). Its prevalence only keeps increasing as more and more applications and distros adopt it. For example, a few months ago, a glibc update broke a large amount of Steam games on Linux for months. For many users, the only fix was to use the Flatpak version, and as it stands right now, is generally the most recommended form of installation. On top of that, some popular software only delivers Flatpaks, meaning users have to install it on their system to make use of it.
Flatpak sandboxes its applications, one is required to manually allow permissions to different part of the system. Some of these are incredibly common; for instance, access to another folder or disk.
Users using Steam, or a music player, video player, etc. shouldn’t be expected to run a shell command or install a third party application in order to allow access to a different folder. Some of the more advanced settings can remain behind that wall (or best, in a collapsed-by-default
Advanced Permissions section), but the Desktop Environment should expose these permissions to them. I recently had a new Fedora user come to me asking why he couldn’t find the storage permissions for Steam under
Storage, and it made me realize that it makes perfect sense for these settings to be here.
Imagine you’re using Android, and you download a music player, and the only way to grant it access to your SD card is to download another application on your phone that only does that. Seems a bit redundant!
Thankfully we already have an
Applications settings that handles some very basic permissions, I propose Flatpak permissions also be exposed when appropriate!