**Note: you do not need to install _snapd_ manually if you already have _snap_ installed.**
Snaps are app packages for desktop, cloud and IoT that update automatically, are easy to install, secure, cross-platform and dependency-free. They're being used on millions of Linux systems every day.
Alongside its various service and management functions, snapd:
- provides the _snap_ command that's used to install and remove snaps and interact with the wider snap ecosystem
- implements the confinement policies that isolate snaps from the base system and from each other
- governs the interfaces that allow snaps to access specific system resources outside of their confinement
For general details, including _installation_ and _Getting started_ guides, head over to our _Snap documentation_: https://snapcraft.io/docs
If you want to build your own snaps, start with our _Creating a snap_ documentation: https://snapcraft.io/docs/creating-a-snap
This is an _open source_ project and we warmly welcome community contributions, suggestions, and constructive feedback. If you're interested in contributing, please take a look at our _Code of Conduct_ first.
- to report an issue, please file _a bug report_ (https://bugs.launchpad.net/snappy/+filebug) on our _Launchpad issue tracker_ (https://bugs.launchpad.net/snappy/)
- for suggestions and constructive feedback, create a post on the _Snapcraft forum_ (https://forum.snapcraft.io/c/snapd)
- to build snapd manually, or to get started with snapd development, see _HACKING.md (https://raw.githubusercontent.com/snapcore/snapd/master/HACKING.md)
**Get in touch**
We're friendly! We have a community forum at https://forum.snapcraft.io where we discuss feature plans, development news, issues, updates and troubleshooting. You can chat in realtime with the snapd team and our wider community on the _#snappy_ (https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=snappy) IRC channel on _freenode_ (https://freenode.net/).
For news and updates, follow us on _Twitter_ (https://twitter.com/snapcraftio) and on _Facebook_ (https://www.facebook.com/snapcraftio).
The snapd source code can be found on GitHub: https://github.com/snapcore/snapd