First Shortwave Beta

Earlier this year I announced Shortwave, the successor of Gradio. Now, almost 11 months later, I’m proud to announce the first public beta of Shortwave! 🎉

Shortwave is an internet radio player that lets you search for stations, listen to them and record songs automatically.

Automatic recording of songs

When a station is being played, everything gets automatically recorded in the background. You hear a song you like? No problem, you can save the song afterwards and play it with your favorite music player. Songs are automatically detected based on the stream metadata.

Adaptive interface

The interface of Shortwave is completely adaptive and adapts to all screen sizes. So you can use it on the desktop, but also on your Linux (not Android!) based smartphone. For this Shortwave uses the awesome libhandy library!

Streaming

It’s possible to stream the audio playback to a network device, which implements the Google Cast protocol (e.g. Chromecast). So you can easily listen to your favorite stations e.g. from a TV.

Access to a huge database

Shortwave uses the internet service radio-browser.info as station database. It contains more than 25,000 stations. This ensures that you will find every radio station, whether a known or an exotic one. And if something is really missing, you can add your station here.

Where can I get it?

This is the first beta version of Shortwave. All basic features should work, but issues can appear. If somethings is wrong, please open a issue report here!

You can get it from Flathub (Beta). Install it with

flatpak install https://flathub.org/beta-repo/appstream/de.haeckerfelix.Shortwave.flatpakref

or just click here.

Hello World!

I’ve been a member of the GNOME Foundation for a few weeks now, so I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Felix Häcker and I come from Germany / Bavaria. ?

My GNOME journey started with ~3.10. I’ve got pretty quickly interested in programming, so I started to learn Vala. My first real project was a small tool to listen to internet radio streams, which is today known as Gradio ?.

The first release of Gradio

Gradio was a small project, which I programmed to learn Vala. And today, 3 years later, it’s one of the most downloaded applications on Flathub.

Last year in April I’ve started a new project, called Fragments. It’s a simple GTK3 torrent client, also written in Vala. I got in touch with Tobias Bernard, who helped me to design the awesome interface.

A bit later I’ve got interested in Rust. I wanted to try something new, Vala got boring for me. Rust has a rather steep learning curve, so I looked around for already existing projects which were written in Rust and came across GNOME Podcasts. I’ve got involved and started hacking on it. After few weeks, I implemented successfully MPRIS support in Podcasts ?.

Shortwave

I wanted to rewrite Gradio entirely from scratch using Rust. But I noticed it’s better to start a completely new project. This step also helps to get rid of the horrible name. No one knows how to spell ‘Gradio’ correctly (not even me), and many misspelled the name as ‘GRadio’.

After a while of brainstorming with the awesome guys from #gnome-podcasts (matrix channel) we found a new name: Shortwave. If anyone wants to know more about the name, feel free to read this article.

What does this mean for Gradio users? I’ll stop maintaining Gradio, which means there will be no more major updates. But don’t worry, Shortwave will include all important Gradio features, and your data can be transferred easily from Gradio to Shortwave.

Gradio will evolve into Shortwave

You can track the development of Shortwave here.

GNOME GitLab

I finally migrated all my projects from GitHub to GNOME GitLab. The migration process was pretty easy. You just have to click one button, and the whole repository gets imported (including all issues).

Shortwave and Fragments are now in the World group.

It’s pretty awesome how the development experience has improved over the last few years thanks to Flatpak. If anybody wants to contribute to a project, you just have to clone it with GNOME Builder. You don’t need to care about dependencies, or something else. Builder and Flatpak will do the work for you. Or if you want to test the latest git commit, you can download a automatically generated Flatpak bundle from the GitLab project page:

If you haven’t moved your GTK project to GNOME GitLab yet, move it! There are so many advantages in comparsion to GitHub!


I’m still quite busy with my final exams at the moment, after that I’ll try to get even more involved in GNOME.

I want to thank everyone who helped me become a part of the GNOME community!