Whisperfish

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Whisperfish is an advanced but unofficial Signal client. Whisperfish should be in a usable state for many users, but is still considered beta quality software; make sure to always have the latest version! Also, check our Wiki and feel free to contribute to it! Currently, mimimum supported SailfishOS version is 3.4. We intend to keep compatibility with 3.3 for as long as humanly possible.

Do not ever contact the Signal developers about a Whisperfish issue. You will annoy them and make them dislike us. Contact us instead (see below).

What to expect

    

If you had a pre-existing, working 0.5 installation with default settings, migration should be a breeze. Notably not working:

  • Creating groups, inviting new members, deleting members (planned for later)
  • Message quotes (the UI element is there, but the implementation currently lacks)
  • Many other UI features are just stubs at this point.
  • Whisperfish as secondary device, if you register Whisperfish, your previous registration (Android/iOS) gets disabled.

SailfishOS platform version notes and known issues

The intention is to keep as many versions of SailfishOS supported for as long as possible. Some versions show bugs specific to that SailfishOS version. If it is not possible to upgrade to the version mentioned below, you can use the workarounds mentioned here.

Currently highest tested SailfishOS version: SailfishOS 4.3

SailfishOS 3.x series

Bugs present in the Sailfish 3.x series

In principle, Whisperfish works on SailfishOS 3.3, except for registration.

Installation on SailfishOS 3.x

Since the release of SailfishOS 4.3, there has been an ABI-incompatible change between 3.x and 4.x. Whisperfish is now built separately for 3.x and 4.x, and both packages are available in this repository. If Storeman cannot figure out the correct version for your 3.x installation, you can install Whisperfish via the commandline (after adding the repository):

zypper install harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0.beta.7-0.sf3.armv7hl

SailfishOS 4.x series

The Sailfish 4.x series introduced a few issues, and possibly new features; notably:

  • Registration on SailfishOS 4.0.1.45 EA. The rendering of a reCAPTCHA does not work in any of the available webviews. This will be fixed in the next SailfishOS release. Meanwhile, use this patch which will be offered to you as an update after enabling this OpenRepos repository. Install the update and then register. Do not install it on any other version than SailfishOS 4.0, there's no need. If it still doesn't work, run zypper ref ; zypper dup -r openrepos-rubdos on the command line as root and accept the update of the three webview packages.
  • Especially SailfishOS 4.2 required a major change in the event loop structure. Make sure you use Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.6 or later.
  • Registration is broken since SailfishOS 4.2 (SailfishOS 4.3 is as such also affected), again due to the reCAPTCHA rendering. We hope this will be magically fixed in SailfishOS 4.4.

Contribute: get in touch, report issues and translate!

   

 

If the app behaves strangely or slow (I have a strong dislike for slow software) to you, please get in touch on Matrix #whisperfish:rubdos.be or on Libera.Chat #whisperfish, file an issue, or send an email to whisperfish [at] rubdos [dot] be, or post on the SailfishOS Forum topic. If it works well already, alse let me know! That's good for morale.

Development and progress

 

Follow the progress of the rework in the 0.6 milestone on Gitlab. If you are interested in contributing, contact me on Gitlab. If you want to discuss development, join the discussion on Matrix #whisperfish:rubdos.be.

There are nightly builds (in form of RPM) available on Gitlab. Nighlies eat batteries for breakfast, break up with your girlfriend, and use magic to turn phones into bricks. If you want to use them, please come and chat on Matrix or IRC. Whenever there is a version that makes sense, and has a low probability of tearing apart the very fabric of the universe, it'll be here on Open Repos!

Donations

 

Thanks for the support, feel free to buy me a coffee! Liberapay allows for donations via PayPal or credit card. While I do appreciate the donations, please consider matching your donation towards Signal themselves. They need it more than I do, now more than ever! Also consider donating to Weblate, because they provide their translation hosting service to us and many other SailfishOS applications at no cost!

License note

The original Whisperfish 0.5.0, by Andrew, was released under GPLv3+. Since we are using the upstream code of Signal themselves, partly licensed under AGPLv3+, the whole of Whisperfish 0.6.0 falls under AGPLv3+.

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Changelog: 

Whisperfish 1.0.0 (planned)

The milestone on GitLab for this release (th

Many big plans!

Whisperfish 0.6.0 (planned)

The milestone on Gitlab for this release

Features

  • Feature parity with, and modernized version of Whisperfish 0.5.

Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.9

Fixes for stuff in beta.8, mostly.

Changes

  • Fix for emoji reaction parsing that could cause a crash
  • Fix a crash when manually refreshing a group
  • Fix config file location after the Sailjail implementation
  • Fix creating debug symbols in CI and offline, run LTO on CI. Debug symbols are now hosted alongside nightl RPMs (and probably also here, let's see how the CD copes)
  • Add new config paths to MyBackup paths

Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.8

A bunch of quality-of-life updates, and SailfishOS 4.4 compatibilty! Direc85 did a lot of work in this release. If you consider donating to me for Whisperfish, please also consider buying direc85 a coffee.

Changes

Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.7

Edition "omg OpenSSL".

Changes

Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.6

Edition "invert the event loop". Write-up here: https://github.com/woboq/qmetaobject-rs/issues/102#issuecomment-919798690

Features

 

Fixes

Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.5

Fixes

  • Reception of messages with attachments, but without accompanying text
  • Show contact/payment/deletion/group call update messages as "unimplemented" instead of empty.

Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.4

Features

  • MyBackup compatibility, thanks to Nathan!
  • Display group changes and message timer changes in chat.

Fixes

  • Fix usage of configured attachment path
  • Fix the many empty messages sent by Android and iOS clients for profile key pushes

Translations

  • Add Lithuanian, by Gediminas Murauskas
  • Updates to Greek, French, Turkish, Dutch, and Vlaams. Thanks to all contributors!

Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.3

Emergency release for the HTTP-500 "nothing can be send" bug and the BadKeyType bug.

Fixes

Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.2 (yanked)

Emergency release for the HTTP-500 "nothing can be send" bug.

Features

Fixes

Whisperfish 0.6.0-beta.1

The milestone on Gitlab for this release

Features

Translations

  • We have a Weblate account now!
  • Portuguese translation, thanks to Yield and Antonio Maretzek!
  • Czech translation, thanks to PawelSpoon!
  • Turkish translation, thanks to Oğuz Ersen!
  • Nowegian translation, thanks to Allan Nordhøy!
  • Many, many, many, MANY cleanup operations on Dutch, German, French, and Spanish, thanks to Nathan, Dryo, and J. Lavoie!

Fixes

  • More stable reconnection management. Flight mode and network changes should now work as expected.
  • Access contacts through the Nemo QML interface instead of raw contacts.db. This interface will probably be more stable than the raw SQLite, and keeps compatibility across 3.x and 4.x.
  • A "privileged file" allows us to read contact lists again on SailfishOS 4.0
  • More or less fixed video playback
  • Fix lingering notifications on session activation, thanks to flypig!
  • JPEG rotation is now correct in Whisperfish (but not yet on Android), thanks to Mirian Margiani.
  • Image zoom is more intuitive for images that are almost the same size as the screen, thanks to Mirian Margiani.

Whisperfish 0.6.0-alpha.9

Fixes startup on upgraded contact database.

Whisperfish 0.6.0-alpha.8

Features/fixes

Whisperfish 0.6.0-alpha.7

Features

Fixes

  • Create the correct attachments download directory, should fix attachments downloading for new installations.
  • Some phone numbers (notably with dashes, parantheses or dots) did not show up with names.
  • New members in a group show up, group renames come through.
  • Group members show up as names, not phone numbers, thanks to Thomas Michel.
  • Fixes copying message to clipboard, thanks to Thomas Michel.
  • Auto-focus password field, thanks to Markus.

Whisperfish 0.6.0-alpha.6

Features

  • The conversation page got a complete overhaul in design. I hope you like it.

Fixes

  • Fix a race condition during registration, which may corrupt the settings file.
  • Sent messages update the session view
  • More names show up correctly in session view (please file an issue if it's still buggy!)
  • Session sections
  • Sent attachments show up as thumbnails
  • Some translation work in the (currently disfunctional) Device List page

Whisperfish 0.6.0-alpha.5

Features

  • Sending new messages to a single contact, clean-up of contact selection
  • Started French language translation
    • French translation finished (thanks Thibaut Vandervelden)
  • Spanish translation got a lot of clean-up (thanks carlosgonz)
  • Settings page looks a lot nicer

Fixes

  • Settings page revamped, looks a lot cleaner
  • attachment_dir was not set on settings init.
  • Contact DB fix for non-nemo users (new 3.4 installs, alternate users)
  • Show build ID in about screen
  • Notifications with vibration and sound

Whisperfish 0.6.0-alpha.4

The milestone on Gitlab for this release

Features:

Under the hood:

  • Partial support new UUID-based identifiers
  • Initial tooling for future database migrations
  • Pre-key refreshing
  • Attachment failure log (set attachment_log=true in harbour-whisperfish.conf)

Whisperfish 0.6.0-alpha.3

The milestone on Gitlab for this release

  • Sending direct and group messages, notably no attachments.

Whisperfish 0.6.0-alpha.2

The milestone on Gitlab for this release

  • Receiving messages and their attachments

Whisperfish 0.6.0-alpha.1

The milestone on Gitlab for this release

  • GUI performance improvement

Comments

rob_k's picture

How to paste a captcha string that is so long, that it won't fit in one terminal line?

rubdos's picture

I haven't been able to reproduce that it doesn't fit in one line myself. I'm not sure why it would not work.

Either way, there's a few things you can do. I've changed the wiki with a simple one: instead of first ssh-ing into the device, you run ssh with the command in one go.

ssh nemo@[target] harbour-whisperfish --verbose --captcha '<THE URL HERE>'
rob_k's picture

Very promising, the workaround for the captcha. Unfortunately I get:

[2022-03-27T16:01:41Z INFO  harbour_whisperfish] Start main app (with autostart = false)
[D] unknown:0 - Using Wayland-EGL
library "libGLESv2_adreno.so" not found
library "eglSubDriverAndroid.so" not found
[2022-03-27T16:01:41Z INFO  harbour_whisperfish::gui] QmlApp::application loaded - version v0.6.0-beta.8
[W] __cpp_closure_14317703314545309294_impl:182 - Failed to load translator for ("en-GB") Searched "/usr/share/harbour-whisperfish/translations" for "harbour-whisperfish"
[W] unknown:0 - "Query failed: no such function: icu_load_collation Unable to execute statement\nSELECT icu_load_collation('en_GB', 'localeCollation')"
[W] unknown:0 - "Failed to configure collation for locale en_GB:  "
[W] unknown:0 - "Query failed: no such function: icu_load_collation Unable to execute statement\nSELECT icu_load_collation('en_GB', 'localeCollation')"
[W] unknown:0 - "Failed to configure collation for locale en_GB:  "
[W] unknown:0 - "Failed to attach key memory region for qtcontacts-sqlite-np: QSharedMemory::attach (shmget): doesn't exist"
[W] unknown:0 - "Failed to open contacts transient store"
[W] unknown:0 - "Unable to open synchronous engine database connection"
[W] unknown:0 - QSqlQuery::prepare: database not open
[W] unknown:0 - "Failed to prepare distinct display label group selection query:  \n SELECT DISTINCT DisplayLabelGroup FROM DisplayLabels ORDER BY DisplayLabelGroupSortOrder ASC"
[2022-03-27T16:01:42Z INFO  harbour_whisperfish::worker::setup] SetupWorker::run
[2022-03-27T16:01:42Z INFO  harbour_whisperfish::worker::setup] identity_key not found
[2022-03-27T16:01:42Z INFO  harbour_whisperfish::config::settings] Setting default settings.
[D] unknown:0 - Starting favorites query at 380 ms
[D] unknown:0 - Favorites queried in 566 ms
[D] unknown:0 - Starting metadata query at 659 ms
[D] unknown:0 - All queried in 682 ms

BTW command seems too long, so I pasted the url in two parts:

harbour-whisperfish --verbose --captcha 'signalcaptcha://signal-recaptcha-v2.6LfBXs0bAAAAAAjkDyyI1Lk5gBAU
WfhI_bIyox5W.registration.03AGdBq26REl5yIhRF5VqfWBQC2CPssc_NFGqbtKbphMJql1Sfxj3B9148A6KjJB-EM3CDGlGmkAEw282do6-QZgfd82gjosrld
BdFhw4ooqPJ-1JjJoBssQAmq1YacN7zYdUurvrKd8zZwbNFNUl0awd7SN0mZZfrnZkW_QTolDZrEE9SSep64M1NEoewypc4KeoBPrBfTLMFMgje61-mzuVIF-Fa2V
RryUk5GXkV4pQ_jAuJx-pfUfURKCzmjbuNFO3lS9uKpo_TNOlnC559Y9bpl8G2XoVXjVWHxz2jJkHcbpk-F9TubydZx9BfVvVqqygASueiONpKtjmFVFxre2JpWJg
C8UpKIx4yIVUvxySdFDPfITof7iNXsAvwa7sHXaaLxoLV96cNTK8krX5UNUVA6eavUan-BFMJGRsVr9_Xa1hdfkqM28PkjCeSxZENsIYgS6SxdcgWKenUB-JL6aXH
-0iorvD5riB6fSJFH6LC7mgZ7bU41CfWJBwy_mRRU1nibIxJc9wuwvBp1qP0q6TOGil8unX1wD1RFzOXdOKrQY3NcqG_4K4sGeu0iKwbk4zu0NFKtbkNJPEAWnPfq
cMTCIf9xwD8V-sfqfexR-V93P8kKO-byFAhw2efmKcJNlS2w2hrb-_uJhqFamkzWmK7iVReUaYsXrBHjymD5lknExFz4syJnqZVdN6jGSCFRCBifviMMa6Q2u0Szp
ivEbvqMX1kwrjtn2InWZVJD7GPfsaAcRBhEdR8sHvS8JLSDT5esOsa0CzYDcXWeFUQzPjs2D16EKtBSbfi8pWd-E4bBeu-sdtM4msaQvaTgan-qeIL4oc7yXQXZiy
67V51c6Wk4vnLRIc_H_cHDdQ-AbolduA_8n3FlB9ks
> 21qpNRhumL2zRde-Xw9e2D_cgjyMCKQPJOjW0gRMD2cAe_zq0EfO9cO4vX47DZdaUNanTptI3G05I33UCWm3yMsEUCbZCGmsTeCKphqBxyTbML3ixSc8CXtkVct
hWMnGh2Hg0TjuKAUiP23L8YIp3HwWG1ovxqLODISa6ShSaG31jedBMUaixEEJJjksWbIbXlOx8w0aRs_W4Pyonidx-uBDiPuwhIGI7f1CYPUHVaN3NlbBzRwcqkm7
RWLsh_SkDwj7Npk3WAmr0SavREosFtLHhAT75w4OpRSJNW9zQ'

 

rubdos's picture

There seems to be a newline in the captcha string you pasted on terminal; that should really not be there. That gets misinterpreted and rejected by Signal.

rossholmes's picture

Messed up something probably. I'm trying to register, but when, I entered my phone number, selected text verification method, and the app crashed upon I chose Continue. Any idea?

rubdos's picture

Yes. Registration is currently broken in SailfishOS 4.2 and 4.3, without any workaround: https://gitlab.com/whisperfish/whisperfish/-/issues/366

Our hope is that SailfishOS 4.4 fixes it, or gives us another clue about what's up.

Termitebug's picture

Hi! Would it be possible to unlock GUI-password with sailfish-sercrets for convenience's sake? For now, I'm copy-pasting from ownKeepass the unlock password. This is just a feature request and if it cannot be done I'm okay with that answer.

rubdos's picture

It's a feature request and it's certainly possible some day. Feel free to upvote here: https://gitlab.com/rubdos/whisperfish/-/issues/2

ric9k's picture

Hi,
Thank you for Whisperfish.
Is there a way to use whisperfish if I register to signal on another device?
Thanks,

rubdos's picture

In Signal, one "device" is the main device (this is currently always a phone), and you can link as many secondary devices as you want (which is currently either an Apple iPad or a computer). Whisperfish currently only supports being the main device. If you want to use multiple devices, you need to register Whisperfish as main device and link all other devices to Whisperfish.

Currently, Whisperfish registration is broken since SailfishOS 4.3.

delocoyo's picture

What is the channel in matrix? I cant find it.

rubdos's picture

I didn't see the notification for this comment; sorry! The channel is #whisperfish:rubdos.be

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delocoyo's picture

when will be possible to use whisperfish for a newer user?

delocoyo's picture

Thanks rubdos.

delocoyo's picture

Hej. I have not install other whisperfish conto now. The probkem is that I cant reach the captcha, and it breaks

rubdos's picture

Yes, registration is currently broken due to the reCAPTCHA again indeed. I hope to fix it some time soon.

delocoyo's picture

I just got a xz2c with 4.2 , and I cant install whisperfish in it. I had an xperia 10II and with 4.2 was working without problems?

rubdos's picture

What are the symptoms, what is going wrong? You cannot install it with Storeman, or you cannot register?

aviarus's picture

Downgrading openssl and installing beta 6 worked

aviarus's picture

is it  possible to copy the settings from smoother device? i copied  .local/share/harbour-whisperfish from an old  sfos 3.4 device that cannot update and loaded the saved messages but the icon stayed red. now  i thought  i could  hop over the reiteration on  a 4.3 device but it gives the same strange result with the Last provided version here and also with the Last nightly build from  gitlab

rubdos's picture

You need to copy over both ~/.local/share/harbour-whisperfish and ~/.config/harbour-whisperfish for this to work. Don't try to run the same config on two devices, make sure to disable the old divive (by renaming both directories on the old device, for example)

delocoyo's picture

So how can I install it in anew device?

rubdos's picture

Installation should just work. Apparently registration is broken on SailfishOS 4.3, so you need to have registered using an older version of SailfishOS. I haven't had the time to look at it yet. You can try the workaround of "deprecated" in the comments here: https://openrepos.net/comment/39319#comment-39319 ; make sure to remove the old OpenSSL package when you have registered.

delocoyo's picture

That great to hear it Rubdos. My thoughs was that anytime is something. Is not just to say bad words about Jolla, is just that anytime is a upgrde kind of like the set up that is in tge phone break. Thanks for your time.

delocoyo's picture

Isnt amazing that anytime there is an update is so much work to do to make the app work properly again? Isnt a collaboration to make it work smoothy from Jolla?

rubdos's picture

By the way: I'm in contact with some people at Jolla. I hear that some Jolla people are even using Whisperfish, which means I'm aware of some bugs before the EA releases (but often difficult to fix without hands-on, such as the 4.3 OpenSSL breakage).

slava's picture

I heard that there's something called "backward compatibility"...

delocoyo's picture

Whats that?

rubdos's picture

It's the idea that Jolla should be making sure that a minor version upgrade doesn't break any app. I agree with Slava's sentiment on the breakage between beta 6 and beta 7 here. Jolla should have carried OpenSSL 1.0 throughout the 4.x series, formally deprecating it and alerting app developers that it would be gone in 5.x series, instead of just dropping this bomb.

That said, all previous breakage was 100% due to me abusing undefined behaviour of the SailfishOS operating system. All those hacks are gone now (since the event-loop rework and the SFDK rework), and there's only a few undocumented APIs that we use (but existing APIs, not undefined behaviour). These undocumented APIs include our rendering of the reCAPTCHA (which is now stabilized in 4.3) and retrieval of contact names by phone number in the GUI.

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For anyone having issues with beta 7 (latest, as of writing) on SFOS 4.3.0.12, I found a workaround. Unfortunately, it's intrusive:
 

  1. Fresh flash to 4.2.0.21
  2. Enable developer mode, enable untrusted sources
  3. Manually install the beta 6 Whisperfish .rpm using "devel-su pkcon install-local <rpmname>.rpm", set up and register Whisperfish. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
  4. Install Storeman, and sfos-upgrade (optional, but makes updating to 4.3.0.12 MUCH smoother)
  5. use "sfos-upgrade 4.3.0.12" to upgrade SFOS, follow the instructions on screen, pay close attention to the notification about post-reboot tasks
  6. Add the Whisperfish repo in Storeman, and install the latest version of Whisperfish
  7. Enjoy!
     

This procedure works flawlessly on my Xperia XA2 Ultra. I went through it twice to make sure it was repeatable. I'll be happy to help if anyone needs assistance. I'm sure this will be ironed out in future Whisperfish releases, but for now this gets us both the latest SFOS and latest Whisperfish with minimal hassle. Good luck!

Edit: It seems this method breaks my SIM contexts for MMS, no idea why. journalctl is unhelpful, and mmslogger provides exactly nothing. Fresh flash to either 4.3.0.12 or 4.2.0.21 results in MMS working as normal. I'll try to figure out a way to get beta 6 installed on 4.3.0.12, register then update to beta 7. Will update as it comes.

Edit #2: Okay, so I finally figured out how to keep ofono working properly, have SFOS 4.3.0.12, AND have the latest Whisperfish:

  1. Fresh flash to 4.3.0.12 (not certain if this is mandatory, but I simply cannot get it to work following the update path, at least on my XA2 Ultra)
  2. Enable Developer Tools and Untrusted Sources, set an SSH password
  3. Manually download Whisperfish beta 6 rpm, and the legacy openssl 1.0.2 package
  4. ssh into your device (over WiFi), devel-su, pkcon refresh then "pkcon install-local openssl-libs10-1.0.2o-2.armv7hl.rpm", then "pkcon install-local harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.6.armv7hl.rpm"
  5. Run Whisperfish, go through the setup procedure and registration
  6. Enable the Whisperfish repo in Storeman, then update Whisperfish to beta 7.
     

This is the ONLY way I've gotten it to work correctly. If you install beta 7 first, it'll crash when it's supposed to display the captcha. I hope this helps someone.

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