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.

builder-nightly

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):
gnome-builder-nightly.flatpakref

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 https://sdk.gnome.org/nightly/keys/nightly.gpg
    flatpak --user remote-add --gpg-import=nightly.gpg gnome-nightly https://sdk.gnome.org/nightly/repo/

    See also: http://flatpak.org/runtimes.html

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

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

    See also: http://flatpak.org/apps.html#nightly-gnome

  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 sdk.gnome.org space where they (imo) belong. stay tuned!

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

  1. 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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