Privacy: How-to install and run Briar in Linux Mint

By favicon | fav | 10 May 2020


Briar is a highly secure and privacy focused P2P network/messenger, and was until recently only available on Android.

This changed with the release of Briar GTK.

I tried to get it up and running according to this instructions from the GTK Dev, but I really couldn't figure it out for Mint. So I went on a rather long Mastodon discussion with the Briar devs and other users, and they eventually helped me figure out how to install and use it.

Here's the breakdown

  1. flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
  2. flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Platform/x86_64/3.36
  3. flatpak install --user
  4. flatpak run app.briar.gtk

And that's it. You should be greeted by the welcome screen!


Add me: briar://adpkpe6m7yb2qcjwxvia75msif4xn67bl57kwqcllkp5qwroqqbrc if you want to test it (and leave your briar:// in the comments, I need to add you back) :)

Thanks to Mastodon/knosuppa for the help!

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