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I had installed it from the AUR but recently it has not been working well and I noticed that its currently flagged as “out-of-date”.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.

[andy@home-pc ~]$ pamac build snapd

Enable with:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket

Create the following soft link:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

Try installing the Hello World program as a test.

[andy@home-pc ~]$ 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:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ /var/lib/snapd/snap/bin/hello-world
Hello World!

To install the Snap Store GUI:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ 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:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ /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.

Or using the command line:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ sudo snap install rambox
2021-01-10T18:21:33Z INFO Waiting for automatic snapd restart...
rambox 0.7.7 from Rambox (ramboxapp✓) installed

You should now be able to launch Rambox with:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ /var/lib/snapd/snap/bin/rambox &

Like so:

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