Installing Chirp in Ubuntu 20.04

If you have been using the PPA to get the Chirp dailies, you will quickly find out that this no longer works in Ubuntu 20.04 Focal.

Python 2 is getting phased out and whatever is running the GUI for Chirp has been phased out completely. This makes getting Chirp to run a little more difficult than before. There are a few options:

  1. Wait until the python 3 version of Chirp is finished (NOT!)
  2. Install via the Snap: This gives a warning against doing so
  3. Install via flatpak: WINNAR!

A Flatpak is a self contained package that includes all necessary libraries. Similar to a Snap, but this uses a package directly from the author. I like the flatpak option because I don’t need to manually install a bunch of deprecated libs or add some PPA that wasn’t even meant for Ubuntu.

First thing you need to do is download the latest .flatpak file from here:

https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/

Rest of the works is from the terminal.

First, install Flatpak:

$ sudo apt install flatpak

The other howtos seem to have missed this next step. You need to use flatpak to install the “freedesktop” platform. First update flatpak and your paths.

$ flatpak update -v

This will give you a warning about paths, something like:

Note that the directories

'/var/lib/flatpak/exports/share'
'/home/[username]/.local/share/flatpak/exports/share'

are not in the search path set by the XDG_DATA_DIRS environment variable, so applications installed by Flatpak may not appear on your desktop until the session is restarted.

Since we now have to log out anyway, now might be a good time to make sure you are in the dialout group.

Use  the groups command to list your active groups. If the group “dialout” does not appear, add yourself to the group (replace [username] with your username):

$ sudo usermod -aG dialout [username]

Now restart your session (or computer) and return to the terminal.

~$ flatpak update -v
Looking for updates…
Nothing to do.

Don’t worry about installation directory warnings if you haven’t installed anything yet. Those will be created later. Important is that we got rid of the path warning. Moving on….

Now you need to get the Freedesktop repository installed:

$ flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

and then install the Freedesktop Platform:

$ flatpak install flathub org.freedesktop.Platform//19.08

This might take a while its a big (~0.5Gb) download. Grab some coffee and make some QSO’s….. Maybe check out my club’s website: http://w6ek.org

Finally we can install Chirp!  (replace .flatpack filename with your downloaded version)

$ flatpak install Downloads/chirp-daily-20201014.flatpak

You’re done! You can run chirp from your applications menu or from the command like like this:

$ flatpak run com.danplanet.chirp

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