GitHub Desktop – The Linux Fork

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GitHub Desktop is an open source Electron-based
GitHub app. It is written in TypeScript and
uses React.

A screenshot of the GitHub Desktop application showing changes being viewed and committed with two attributed co-authors

What is this repository for?

This repository contains specific patches on top of the upstream
desktop/desktop repository to support Linux usage.

It also publishes releases for various Linux distributions:

  • AppImage (.AppImage)
  • Debian (.deb)
  • RPM (.rpm)

Installation via package manager

You can use your operating system’s package manager to install github-desktop and
keep it up to date on Debian and RPM-based distributions.

There are two APT package feeds available, both hosted in the US. You only need
to add one or the other here, as both of these are generated based on the
releases from this repository.

wget -qO - https://apt.packages.shiftkey.dev/gpg.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/shiftkey-packages.gpg > /dev/null
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/shiftkey-packages.gpg] https://apt.packages.shiftkey.dev/ubuntu/ any main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/shiftkey-packages.list'
wget -qO - https://mirror.mwt.me/shiftkey-desktop/gpgkey |

 gpg --dearmor |

 sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/mwt-desktop.gpg >

 /dev/null
sudo sh -c '

echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/mwt-desktop.gpg] https://mirror.mwt.me/shiftkey-desktop/deb/ any main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mwt-desktop.list'

Installation

Once you have a feed configured, run this command to install the application:

sudo apt update &&

 sudo apt install github-desktop

Red Hat/CentOS/Fedora

There are two RPM package feeds available, both hosted in the US. You only need
to add one or the other here, as both of these are generated based on the
releases from this repository.

sudo rpm --import https://rpm.packages.shiftkey.dev/gpg.key
sudo sh -c 'echo -e "[shiftkey-packages]\nname=GitHub Desktop\nbaseurl=https://rpm.packages.shiftkey.dev/rpm/\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=1\nrepo_gpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=https://rpm.packages.shiftkey.dev/gpg.key" > /etc/yum.repos.d/shiftkey-packages.repo'
sudo rpm --import https://mirror.mwt.me/shiftkey-desktop/gpgkey
sudo sh -c '

echo -e "[mwt-packages]\nname=GitHub Desktop\nbaseurl=https://mirror.mwt.me/shiftkey-desktop/rpm\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=1\nrepo\_gpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=https://mirror.mwt.me/shiftkey-desktop/gpgkey" > /etc/yum.repos.d/mwt-packages.repo'

Installation

Once you have a feed configured, run this command to install the application:

#

 if yum is your package manager


sudo yum install github-desktop

#

 if dnf is your package manager


sudo dnf install github-desktop

#

 if zypper is your package manager


sudo zypper ref &&

 sudo zypper in

 github-desktop

OpenSUSE

There are two RPM package feeds available, both hosted in the US. You only need
to add one or the other here, as both of these are generated based on the
releases from this repository.

sudo rpm --import https://rpm.packages.shiftkey.dev/gpg.key
sudo sh -c 'echo -e "[shiftkey-packages]\nname=GitHub Desktop\nbaseurl=https://rpm.packages.shiftkey.dev/rpm/\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=1\nrepo_gpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=https://rpm.packages.shiftkey.dev/gpg.key" > /etc/zypp/repos.d/shiftkey-packages.repo'
sudo rpm --import https://mirror.mwt.me/shiftkey-desktop/gpgkey
sudo sh -c '

echo -e "[mwt-packages]\nname=GitHub Desktop\nbaseurl=https://mirror.mwt.me/shiftkey-desktop/rpm\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=1\nrepo\_gpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=https://mirror.mwt.me/shiftkey-desktop/gpgkey" > /etc/zypp/repos.d/mwt-packages.repo'

Installation

sudo zypper ref &&

 sudo zypper in

 github-desktop

Other Distributions

Arch Linux

Arch Linux users can install GitHub Desktop from the AUR.

gnome-keyring is required and the daemon must be launched either at login or when the X server is started. Normally this is handled by a display manager, but in other cases following the instructions found on the Arch Wiki will fix the issue of not being able to save login credentials.

Cross-Distribution Packages

GitHub Desktop is also available cross-platform as a Flatpak and AppImage.

Debian/Ubuntu users can also install directly from this repository using deb-get: deb-get install github-desktop.

Known issues

If you’re having troubles with Desktop, please refer to the Known issues
document for guidance and workarounds for common limitations.

If your package manager is still trying to reach PackageCloud, refer to the
cleanup instructions
for details about migrating away.

More information

Please check out the README
on the upstream GitHub Desktop project and
desktop.github.com for more product-oriented
information about GitHub Desktop.

See our getting started documentation for more information on how to set up, authenticate, and configure GitHub Desktop.

License

MIT

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