Flatpak, making contribution easy

One vision that i’ve talked abut in the past is that moving to flatpak could make it much easier to contribute to applications.

Fast-forward 3 years, and the vision is (almost) here!

Every application on flathub has a Sources extension that you can install just like anything else from a flatpak repo:

flatpak install flathub org.seul.pingus.Sources

This extension contains a flatpak manifest which lists the exact revisions of all the sources that went into the build. This lets you reproduce the build — if you can find the manifest!

Assuming you install the sources per-user, the manifest is here (using org.seul.pingus as an example):


And you can build it like this:

flatpak-builder build org.seul.pingus.json

I said the vision is almost, but not quite there. Here is why: gnome-builder also has a way to kickstart a project from a manifest:

gnome-builder --manifest org.seul.pingus.json

But sadly, this currently crashes. I filed an issue for it, and it will hopefully work very soon. Next step, flip-to-hack !

2 thoughts on “Flatpak, making contribution easy”

  1. Awesome. Didn’t know about this trick! Thanks!

    Am currently trying to package some app, which is pre-compiled and provided only for debian. BitWig Studio, if you’re interested.

    I have a version running, but I still need to go through ffmpeg and jack-connection-kit.

  2. I’d like to suggest you to use tags or categories for your posts. This way, one can click on a “flatpak” tag and have all articles related to that… I mean, given that you’re posting a lot about atomic ;D

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