Signal Desktop using https://github.com/brave/muon instead of Chrome. Not affiliated with WhisperSystems.
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Build Status

Signal Muon

UPDATE (10/31/17): This project is no longer actively maintained since https://signal.org/blog/standalone-signal-desktop/ is out now.

Signal Desktop built on top of Muon so you can run it without Google Chrome.

THIS IS NOT PRODUCTION READY. Use at your own risk. I am in no way affiliated with WhisperSystems.

Installing

Prerequisites

You must have git, node 7.x, and either npm or Yarn installed. Then:

git clone --recursive https://github.com/diracdeltas/signal-muon.git
cd signal-muon
npm install

Building

With npm:

npm run build

With Yarn:

yarn run build

Then open the app in the build directory logged in the console. Ex: open Signal-darwin-x64/Signal.app/ on MacOS.

Updating

First fetch changes:

git pull origin master
git submodule update --recursive

If you are updating by a MAJOR or MINOR version number (ex: 0.0.3 to 0.1.0, or 0.1.0 to 1.0.0), run the following step to get an updated version of chromium. If you are updating by a PATCH version (ex: 0.0.2 to 0.0.3), skip the following step.

npm run muon-update

Then re-build the package.

Running in development mode

To run in development mode with the Signal staging server (no need to pair with a mobile device), do npm/yarn start instead of npm/yarn run build.

Caveats

In development mode, you can only message accounts that are registered on the Signal staging server, so you will probably be very lonely unless you want to talk to other Signal contributors. If you want someone to talk to, my test number is (oldest telephone area code in San Francisco) + (decimal char code of capital Epsilon) + (the 513th prime).

If you want to link Signal-Muon to your mobile device so that you can talk to your contacts, you need to do a build.