Installing Rambox on Arch Linux

Rambox is a great tool that brings many many email and messaging clients into one single program. I currently use it for Slack, WhatsApp, Telegram and Outlook 365 and Hotmail. Previously I had installed it from the AUR but recently it has not been working well and I noticed that its currently flagged as “out-of-date”.

The main issues were that WhatsApp and Slack stopped working and I started seeing:

To get around this issue, I have installed Rambox from the snapd package manager. First we need to install snapd.

[[email protected] ~]$ yaourt -Sy snapd

Enable with:

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket

Create the following soft link:

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

Try installing the Hello World program as a test.

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo snap install hello-world
2019-03-25T09:49:34Z INFO Waiting for restart...
hello-world 6.3 from Canonical✓ installed

To check that worked, run:

[[email protected] ~]$ /var/lib/snapd/snap/bin/hello-world
Hello World!

To install the Snap Store:

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo snap install snap-store
Automatically connect eligible plugs and slots of snap "snap-store"
snap-store 20190228.55a1660 from Canonical✓ installed

Run the Snap Store with:

[[email protected] ~]$ /var/lib/snapd/snap/bin/snap-store

You should now have the Snap Store installed.

Search for the Community Edition (CE).

Now try installing Rambox CE through the Snap Store.

You should now be able to launch Rambox with:

[[email protected] ~]$ /var/lib/snapd/snap/bin/rambox &

Like so:

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