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 3.3. We intend to keep compatibility with 3.4 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.

Additionally, the Sailfish 4.0 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 3.4, 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.

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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Application versions: 
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File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.1.armv7hl.rpm2.19 MB08/07/2020 - 11:14
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.1.i486.rpm2.34 MB08/07/2020 - 11:14
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.2.i486.rpm5.75 MB20/09/2020 - 18:58
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.2.armv7hl.rpm5.3 MB20/09/2020 - 18:58
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.3.i486.rpm6.33 MB01/11/2020 - 20:33
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.3.armv7hl.rpm5.78 MB01/11/2020 - 20:33
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.4.aarch64.rpm6.21 MB17/11/2020 - 16:05
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.4.armv7hl.rpm6.17 MB17/11/2020 - 16:05
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.4.i486.rpm6.75 MB17/11/2020 - 16:05
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.5.aarch64.rpm6.13 MB21/11/2020 - 14:54
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.5.i486.rpm6.66 MB21/11/2020 - 14:54
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.5.armv7hl.rpm6.1 MB21/11/2020 - 14:54
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.6.aarch64.rpm6.1 MB21/12/2020 - 18:34
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.6.i486.rpm6.62 MB21/12/2020 - 19:04
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.6.armv7hl.rpm6.07 MB21/12/2020 - 19:04
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.7.aarch64.rpm6.17 MB12/01/2021 - 12:38
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.7.i486.rpm6.68 MB12/01/2021 - 13:08
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.7.armv7hl.rpm6.14 MB12/01/2021 - 13:08
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.8.aarch64.rpm6.86 MB09/02/2021 - 13:11
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.8.i486.rpm7.45 MB09/02/2021 - 14:16
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.8.armv7hl.rpm6.74 MB09/02/2021 - 14:16
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.9.aarch64.rpm6.82 MB19/03/2021 - 12:11
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.9.i486.rpm7.42 MB19/03/2021 - 12:24
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.alpha_.9.armv7hl.rpm6.72 MB19/03/2021 - 12:25
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.1.aarch64.rpm5.55 MB25/04/2021 - 15:26
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.1.i486.rpm5.91 MB25/04/2021 - 15:52
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.1.armv7hl.rpm5.78 MB25/04/2021 - 15:52
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.3.i486.rpm5.88 MB07/06/2021 - 13:40
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.3.aarch64.rpm5.5 MB07/06/2021 - 13:40
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.3.armv7hl.rpm5.69 MB07/06/2021 - 13:40
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.4.i486.rpm6 MB23/07/2021 - 16:31
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.4.armv7hl.rpm5.8 MB23/07/2021 - 16:31
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.4.aarch64.rpm5.58 MB23/07/2021 - 16:31
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.5.i486.rpm6.01 MB28/07/2021 - 15:15
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.5.armv7hl.rpm5.79 MB28/07/2021 - 15:15
File harbour-whisperfish-0.6.0-0.beta_.5.aarch64.rpm5.59 MB28/07/2021 - 15:15
Changelog: 

Whisperfish 1.0.0 (planned)

The milestone on GitLab for this release

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.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

Comments

Rene666's picture

I have now installed from Storeman, it is running.

rubdos's picture

Good to read that. Enjoy Whisperfish and SIgnal! :-)

zipotron's picture

Hi, first of all thanks for the effort of porting Signal. I write because I got an error in this version setting the account, is just after setting the phone number and push the button for require the SMS, then appears and error showing and white screen with a text saying something about capcha  display error, and is not possible to go forward...

rubdos's picture

You need this patch on SailfishOS 4.0: https://openrepos.net/node/11303/

melvin's picture

The app "crashes" (shows the inbuilt error page) with the following error in the console after successfully finishing the captcha and the SMS code input:


[2021-04-26T18:46:48Z ERROR harbour_whisperfish::worker::setup] Error in registration: Unexpected response: HTTP 423
[D] expression for onClientFailed:167 - [FATAL] client failed
[D] onCompleted:23 - [FATAL] error occurred: Failed to setup Signal client
[2021-04-26T18:46:52Z ERROR harbour_whisperfish::sfos::tokio_qt] unregisterTimers
[2021-04-26T18:46:52Z ERROR harbour_whisperfish::sfos::tokio_qt] unregisterSocketNotifier: fd=45
greHome from GRE_HOME:/usr/bin
libxul.so is not found, in /usr/bin/libxul.so

I've verified that /usr/lib/xulrunner-qt5-60.9.1/libxul.so exists so I thought that GRE_HOME must be wrong (why should a lib be in /usr/bin/ anyway) - changing the environment variable doesn't help though. Symlinking the lib to /usr/bin/libxul.so doesn't fix the error either and prints the error "couldn't load xpcom from libxul.so".

I've never changed any default installations and especially didn't edit/move/remove some random libraries. Is this error even related to the libxul not found error or does the app crash due to the HTTP unexpected response (423) error? Please help me, I'd love to use this app!

Thanks for this awesome app anyways!

Btw: I'm using the Xperia X with SFOS 4.0.1.48 and with your captcha workaround applied.

rubdos's picture

You dug too deep, the error is in the 423. https://gitlab.com/rubdos/whisperfish/-/issues/148

You've bounced on a registration lock: your Android or iOS official app is blocking a re-registration as long as you don't provide the pin (and for that, we miss some logic and the UI). Luckily, the workaround is easy!

Workaround

  • Wait 7 days, or;
  • Disable the registration lock on the old device in the Settings menu of the Signal app.
wosrediinanatour's picture

How/where can the registration lock be disabled in the official app?

rubdos's picture

For Android, this seems to be Setting -> Privacy -> Registration lock,

and for iOS this is seemingly Account -> Signal PIN -> Registration lock.

Good luck!

melvin's picture

Okay thanks, I'll try this workaround!

rubdos's picture

Just to make sure you understood me well: these are two separate workarounds, you can either way seven days, or you can turn off the lock in Android/iOS.

monkeyisland's picture

Great work i am using the app since version 0.5.1 from andrew bruno

rubdos's picture

Thanks! Glad to hear that migrating from Andrew's version still works.

pvcn's picture

Wow, just updated to 0.6.0-beta1 it's great! Functional and Beautiful, thank you so much for this!

huggymann's picture

just updated to 0.6.0-beta1 . Wow, Thank you very much for this great app! :)

rossholmes's picture

Just a little wish: "Reply to message" (quoting) function would transit the user experience to a whole different dimension. I assume this had already been explored and requires huge work..

Edit: just had a look at the milestones page and its covered in the beta. Thank you! :)

rubdos's picture

Update: I forgot to disable that UI element, so it looks like you send a reply, but it doesn't work yet. It'll get there though, at some point!

rossholmes's picture

This beta version is a huge update - thank you!!! Great work, the user experience is really getting there. I am using only SFOS apps so to me it's a massive thing - appreciate it!

rubdos's picture

Nice to hear such kind words :-)

rubdos's picture

The UI feature is already there, but the backend implementation is not; I will most probably disable it for the beta, and then implement it properly. It's luckily not a huge work anymore :-)

rossholmes's picture

Hi there, I got stuck during the registration process as when I get to Captcha part the page stays white blank - there is a little circle for few seconds and after it says Cannot load Captcha, check internet connection. Is there a workaround?

rubdos's picture

Workaround is documented here: https://forum.sailfishos.org/t/4-0-1-45-regression-in-rendering-of-recap...

This is a bug in SailfishOS 4.0, and will be fixed in SailfishOS 4.1.

rossholmes's picture

Thank you so much! Love your work

rubdos's picture

Glad I can help! Next release should be soon™ :-)

TMavica's picture

aarch64

rubdos's picture

It's there, it's always been there.

TMavica's picture

I want a 64 bit build

rubdos's picture

There is an aarch64 build, if that's what you mean. I haven't tested it (no device with aarch64 SailfishOS), but it should work. Or do you mean an x86_64/amd64 build?

yomark's picture

x2, tnx rubdos!

dalas_revo's picture

Hi @rubdos, thanks a lot for this app! Unfortunately I have a problem: it won't start, I see the spinning circle and then it closes again. When starting from terminal, I see:

[D] unknown:0 - Using Wayland-EGL
thread 'main' panicked at 'open contact database: BadConnection("Unable to open the database file")', src/model/contact
.rs:58:14
note: run with `RUST_BACKTRACE=1` environment variable to display a backtrace
Panic in Arbiter thread.

I am on a freshly installed XA2 on SFOS 4.0.1.48.

rubdos's picture

Owkay, I just tried to do the backport of the relevant patches, but it's a mess to back port. Beta.1 will include a totally new GUI and a big refactor of the backend, so it's non-trivial conflicts a volonté here.

I'll prepare a version alpha.9 that ignores the error instead, such that WF will start again. I'm spending a lot of time getting beta.1 in shape, it'll be awesome!

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