How to install apps in sailfish (x)? - Guide for noobs/beginners like me.
(Before following this you should check the comment section for likely problems caused by bad instructions)
I got sailfish installed today and found out that getting started is really hard. If you are totally lost in this likely new environment you may benefit from the manual (yes there is manual, but according to other posts on sailfish forums it is old, but the basics still apply): https://jolla.com/guide/en/index.html
The operating system is only one part of great smartphone experience, but usable applications provide the reasons to use any electronic device, so how can you get the best apps for your sailfish device? Of course there is the Jolla Store, but it has limited amount of apps. Another option for sailfish x is the android app support, but finding safe apk files may be a task. Here is a short list of sources where I have found android app apks:
- Official sailfish android store
- Amazon appstore
- Aptoide (I have got malicious apps from aptoide, so be careful)
I have experienced plenty of crashes with android apps, so even though it is not officially recommended I think native applications from openrepos are very needed addition even though installing third party apps is somewhat discouraged for security reasons.
Note that you must remove all third party repositories before updating sailfish system!
One and very easy way to install apps from openrepos is to install Storeman https://openrepos.net/content/osetr/storeman , the rpm files are (for my logic) in reverse order so the latest version is on the bottom of the list. You can use terminal for handling repositories, but there are no man pages by default, docs for manual editing can be found here: [(as a new user I can’t attach any more links so it will hopefully be in the first reply)]. Storeman will handle repositories for you, so manual management shouldn’t be necessary. When you find an application you want to install just pull down the storeman context menu to first add the repo and then installation option should appear there.
I hope this helps someone, this information is sourced by trial and error, so please read possible comments on this post to prevent any major damage