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flatpak-pin - Pin runtimes to prevent automatic removal

flatpak pin [OPTION...] PATTERN...

Flatpak maintains a list of patterns that define which refs are pinned. A pinned ref will never be automatically uninstalled (as are unused runtimes periodically). This can be useful if for example you are using a runtime for development purposes.

Runtimes that are explicitly installed, rather than installed as a dependency of something else, are automatically pinned.

The patterns are just a partial ref, with the * character matching anything within that part of the ref. Only runtimes can be pinned, not apps. Here are some example patterns:


To list the current set of pins, run this command without any patterns.

The following options are understood:

-h, --help

Show help options and exit.


Instead of adding the patterns, remove matching patterns.

-u, --user

Pin refs in a per-user installation.


Pin refs in the default system-wide installation.


Pin refs in a system-wide installation specified by NAME among those defined in /etc/flatpak/installations.d/. Using --installation=default is equivalent to using --system.

-v, --verbose

Print debug information during command processing.

$ flatpak pin

$ flatpak pin org.freedesktop.Platform//19.08

$ flatpak pin --remove org.freedesktop.Platform//19.08

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