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Install the Thymio Suite on Linux

Install Flatpak

Please refer to the installation instructions on Flathub.

Set-up udev rules for thymio

Before being able to use a Thymio, you need to set up the appropriate udev rules to grant your user account permissions to use the device? This only needs to be done once per computer and doesn't have to be done again if you reinstall the Thymio Suite.

The instructs are given for a Ubuntu system. If you use another distribution, the steps to follow might be slightly different. Please refer to the documentation of your distribution concerning udev rules.

⚠️ This step needs to be executed before you launch Thymio Suite.

⚠️ You will need root access - if you don't own the computer, ask your network administrator.

Using nano or vi, edit /etc/udev/rules.d/99-mobsya.rules. For example

sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/99-mobsya.rules

Add the following line into the file:

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0617", ATTRS{idProduct}=="000a", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0617", ATTRS{idProduct}=="000c", MODE="0666"

Save the file (Ctrl+x if you use nano), then execute

sudo udevadm control --reload-rules

Instal Thymio Suite from Flathub

We are looking at deploying Thymio Suite on Flathub. Until then, please install the Flatpak bundle.

Install the development version of Thymio Suite

  1. Download the Thymio Suite Flatpak bundle 📦
  2. In a terminal, execute
flatpak remote-add --user --if-not-exists flathub  
flatpak install flathub org.kde.Platform/x86_64/5.12 --user
flatpak install thymio.flatpak --user -y

This will install Thymio and its dependencies (~500MB)

  1. To launch the Thymio Suite, simply execute
flatpak run org.mobsya.ThymioSuite

To launch only the device manager instead of the launcher, you can execute

flatpak run --command=thymio-device-manager org.mobsya.ThymioSuite

⚠️ When installing Thymio Suite from a bundle, you will have to install new versions manually as they will not update automatically.

⚠️ Development versions can be unstable.

Build the flatpak version from source

This section is reserved for developers wishing to manually build the Flatpak version from source.

install flatpack-builder

Please refer to the installation instructions on Flathub.

Build the Thymio Suite Flatpak

  • Building the application:

In the flatpack repository, run :

flatpak-builder <build-dir> org.mobsya.ThymioSuite.json --ccache --force-clean --keep-build-dirs \
-v --install-deps-from=flathub --user --repo=mobsya-repo
  • <build-dir> is the tempory build directory for the Flatpak

  • Building the bundle:

flatpak build-bundle  --runtime-repo= mobsya-repo \
thymio.flatpak org.mobsya.ThymioSuite
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