Tutorial: How To Download Native Beta Apps From OpenRepos Via Warehouse App

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of new native apps for Sailfish surfacing at the OpenRepos site including reboot (app to reboot); warehouse (openrepos manager); foursail (native foursquare); friends (native facebook); CuteSpotify (native spotify); Mitakuuluu (native whatsapp); SailSoma (native free radio streaming); LLs Video Player etc etc.

These apps are mainly native Sailfish beta apps which have not been approved for the main Jolla store yet but are still available for download should you be happy to try out the “Beta” versions to test and offer feedback to developers.

In this tutorial we are going to make it easy for you to manage these apps with the advent of a Sailfish native download manager for the OpenRepos site called ‘Warehouse’.  For those of you who own/owned an N9, you may already be familiar with the warehouse app.

So, without further ado, here is the instructional:

1/  Open native Sailfish browser from your Jolla and hit the following link: https://openrepos.net/content/basil/warehouse-sailfishos

2/ Click on the latest app version ie. harbour-warehouse-“version”.armv7hl.rpm (where “version” relates to the latest release number)

3/ The browser should then initiate the file download.

4/ To install the file, you will need to have already downloaded the “File Browser” app available from the Jolla Store so make sure you download that (and have the latest version) before continuing.

5/ Open “File Browser” native app and select the “Downloads” folder.

6/ In the “Downloads” folder you will see all your app downloads including:

harbour-warehouse-“version”.armv7hl.rpm

7/ Select “harbour-warehouse-“version”.armv7hl.rpm” and select “install” in the top pulley menu.  This will initiate installation of the Sailfish native “Warehouse” app.

8/ Once the warehouse app has installed, you should find it at the bottom of your apps list.  Open the app and you can browse/download/uninstall native beta Sailfish apps from within the Warehouse app directly to your Jolla.

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Here are some images to help show you are on the right tracks:

File Browser view of warehouse app in the "Downloads" folder

File Browser view of warehouse app in the “Downloads” folder

Warehouse Install Finished: View From Within File Browser app

Warehouse Install Finished: View From Within File Browser app

Warehouse App Interface

Warehouse App Interface
View of "Friends" native Facebook app from within the Warehouse browser

View of “Friends” native Facebook app from within the Warehouse browser

 

Of course you can still download apps directly from the OpenRepos website if you follow steps 1-7 substituting the link in step 1 for the openrepos app link you require, but Warehouse makes the process much easier. ;-)

Thanks to all of the developers who are proactively making new native Sailfish apps available all the time and please consider making donations to individual developers to show that their hard work is much appreciated!

Thanks to Rated at our community port for the heads up on the availability of the new Warehouse app! :-)

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    • If you need help installing, it would be useful to say what the specific problem is. Did you use the native sailfish browser (ie. not android based browser) to download warehouse from the link mentioned on the openrepos site?

  1. Version 0.2.1. has been released yesterday, which feature loads of bugfixes as well as a new auto- and selfupdate function. Makes it a lot more usable!

  2. Cool, I gave this a go last night and the first app I tried was SailSoma, an app that gives you direct access to Soma FM’s internet music channel, including my favourite, Groovesalad.
    It worked fine, quick to start, quick to change station but wouldn’t fire up the second time round, it just opens with an all white screen and does nothing.
    I wanted to tell the maker of the app, but I can’t see where to leave him/her a comment.
    But I do like the fact we have another repository to use with Jolla :)

    • That same app (SailSoma) is also available in Jolla Store (since 8/1, when I installed it). :-)

      Two commenters in Jolla Store seems to have the same problem as you, but seems to work for three other commenters, and I have no problem with it either – maybe you’ve changed some settings someplace, that interferes with its ability to work?

      You should be able to comment either on its OpenRepos page [https://openrepos.net/content/andreagrandi/sailsoma] (you must have an OpenRepos account to comment), or on its Jolla Store app page.

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  4. At first glance there are some interesting apps available at OpenRepos. But there is one question: What happens after an OpenRepos app is taken over to harbour. Will the Jolla Store app automatically detect the app and take over responsibility for updates. Or will it still be in the Warehouse apps responsibility, i.e. for upgrade from beta to release an uninstall and reinstall from store would be necessary?

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  6. You can install any .rpm you download on your Jolla via the Jolla store. This works as follows:
    Download the .rpm (via your Jolla browser)
    Open the store and leave it open!
    Go to transfers and click on the download. (nothing will happen)
    Go back to the store and you will land on an install page for the app you just downloaded.

    When the file is no longer visible in your transfers, the abovementioned solution via the File Manager should work.

  7. Once the warehouse app has installed, you should find it at the bottom of your apps list. Open the app and you can browse/download/uninstall native beta Sailfish apps from within the Warehouse app directly to your Jolla.great post.

  8. When I try to install using the File Browser I get a message ‘only trusted applications can be installed’ (Vain luotettuja ohjelmia voi asentaa). What to do?

  9. Odd. When trying to install, it says:problem with the store and ends the prosess. It shows it first as starting to install (icon appears on the list and the installing animation is on it). Then it just gives the store error.