How to install GNOME Builder Nightly with Flatpak

I wanted to try the latest version of Builder (gnome-builder 3.22) so I decided to install it with Flatpak. Here is a screenshot of GNOME Builder.


To run gnome builder nightly with any of my instructions and use all features you need Flatpak 0.6.13 or later. In case you run GNOME Software 3.23 or later I made a .flatpakref for GNOME Builder Nightly. You can download it and open it with GNOME Software to install Builder (note: you need to have Flatpak installed):

If that doesn’t work for you, you can also do it by Flatpak’s commandline:

Installing the flatpakref

  1. Install gnome-nightly.flatpakrepo
  2. flatpak --user remote-add gnome-nightly gnome-nightly.flatpakrepo

  3. Install org.gnome.Sdk from gnome-nightly using the command underneath
  4. flatpak --user install gnome-nightly org.gnome.Sdk

  5. Install the gnome-builder-nightly.flatpakref:
  6. flatpak --user install --from gnome-builder-nightly.flatpakref

    Manual approach

  1. Install GNOME Nightly SDK keys:
  2. wget
    flatpak --user remote-add --gpg-import=nightly.gpg gnome-nightly

    See also:

  3. Install GNOME Nightly SDK:
  4. flatpak --user install gnome-nightly org.gnome.Sdk

  5. Install GNOME Nightly Apps keys:
  6. wget
    flatpak --user remote-add --gpg-import=nightly.gpg gnome-nightly-apps

    See also:

  7. Install org.gnome.Builder
  8. flatpak --user install gnome-nightly-apps org.gnome.Builder

    EDIT: Sorry i had forgotten to add --user to all the commands, should be fixed now!
    EDIT2: in case you are wondering why the flatpakrepo and flatpakref is hosted on the gnome cloud space it’s because I haven’t gotten in touch with the right people to get official files up in the space where they (imo) belong. stay tuned!

3 thoughts on “How to install GNOME Builder Nightly with Flatpak”

  1. You use –user with install but not the remote-add. This cause things to not work. :-( At least here (Fedora 24)

  2. I haven’t been able to get this working, trying both the flatpakref and manual approach things fail on Step 2 “flatpak –user install gnome-nightly org.gnome.Sdk”.

    I always seem to get the following error:
    “error: Error opening the file: Not a directory”.

    If I try and skip it and jump to Step 3 using the flatpakref I get this error
    “The required runtime org.gnome.Sdk/x86_64/master was not found in a configured remote.”

    On Ubuntu 16.04, any idea what I might be doing wrong or missing?

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