Suggestion: AppImage format for Anki (Linux)

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marreromarco

26 May, 2020 09:20 PM

AppImage format for Linux could make Anki work across all Linux distributions and updates would be easier.

Popular applications as Bitwarden and Joplin (Open Source alternative to EverNote) have begun to offer their app for Linux as an AppImage by default.

For integration with the system, "appimaged" can be installed by users and the instructions for it are very simple.

https://github.com/AppImage/AppImageKit#appimaged-usage

https://www.booleanworld.com/creating-linux-apps-run-anywhere-appimage/

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Damien Elmes on 27 May, 2020 10:54 AM

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    The current package we provide covers a wide range of Linux distros already, and as time is limited, I'm afraid alternative packages are not a top priority at the moment.

  2. 2 Posted by Yamashita Ren on 10 Jun, 2020 09:52 AM

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    Sorry but the current package is not a good way of installing anki.

    Contrary to what is pretended in the README file, the system-wide installation is required.
    $ cd anki-2.1.26-linux-amd64; ./bin/anki qt: Could not find QtWebEngineProcess Abandon

    Since anki bundles a cart of dependencies, a system wide installation through make install is a very ugly way of installing it.
    Any alternative format like Appimage (no need for root, see OP), flatpak or snap (the last two require root but allow updates) would be miles better.

    There is already an anki snap but it can not be updated for some reasons : https://snapcraft.io/anki-woodrow
    Maybe you could help the maintainer work around the issue ?

    Appimage/Flatpak/Snap are really designed for anki use case. So it's kind of a waste to refuse to use them and instead keep a convoluted installation/upgrade procedure...

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