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Sailfish RedPhone and TextSecure apps

asked 2014-01-07 13:23:25 +0300

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updated 2014-11-20 11:47:20 +0300

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On Jolla the Android Redphone apk can't verify the received sms code message, and manual verification code entry doesn't work, so I can't install the secure phone app. I would love to see the app Sailfished...

The RedPhone source code is available at The TextSecure source code is available at

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Integration of the TextSecure V2 protocol into the OS like in CyanogenMod would be even better.

rrunner64 ( 2014-02-21 17:03:16 +0300 )edit

especially now, as many are seeking WhatsApp alternatives and TextSecure has been released with IP based messaging support! Clients for iOS and Desktop are in the making. In addition to synchronous instant messages with XMPP (and hopefully soon OTR), TextSecure support would make a good counterpart for asynchronous messages (SMS- and IP-based). Integrated into the unified messaging of SailfishOS would be ideal. The only problem I see is to find an adaequate replacement for Google's push service (GCM).

tad ( 2014-02-25 00:33:15 +0300 )edit

It is actually possible to get TextSecure to run by using the voice call verification method.

That said, it is not possible to access Jolla's address book, nor does it seem possible to add contact. Anyone know a way to do that?

rafaelino ( 2014-02-25 01:17:10 +0300 )edit

On Cyanogenmod ( textsecure is combined with the whisperpush protocol see github:

meneer ( 2014-02-25 09:53:44 +0300 )edit

I became interested into TextSecure, until i found this piece from F-Droid: »The latest version of the application is 0.6.2, and the security flaw has now been fixed. However, the author has not published any source code corresponding to the binary he released of this version, and far from wishing to help anyone stuck with his previous disastrous mistake, he actually asked for the application to be removed from our repository as he wants to distribute it via Google Play only.« Kills trust in it.

Blizzz ( 2014-02-25 12:08:37 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-11-12 12:01:08 +0300

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updated 2014-11-20 14:13:15 +0300

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Maybe we could collect money and give it to the one who first publishes a native TextSecure app for Sailfish OS with all functions which has the android app. And the app has to be open source, of course. So crowdfunding the other way round.

What do you think? It is possible?

I would, lets say, give 20 €. What would you give?

Is there anyone who would start such a project?

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Count me in for another 50€.

eson ( 2014-11-12 12:37:03 +0300 )edit

me too with another 50€

tad ( 2014-11-12 15:23:55 +0300 )edit

I would also be willing to pay for a native secure messaging app, Sailfish definitely needs one.

mvdheijd ( 2014-11-13 12:01:57 +0300 )edit

we need the way to pay in Sailfish store... i mean now! Or Sailfish is going to be ignored from some devs. I think Donate button would be very nice :) (Unlike), but maybe it could be something more a businesslike.

Makeclick ( 2014-11-19 06:22:30 +0300 )edit

I would pay $20 too... Crowdfunding is an option, we just need devs...

meneer ( 2014-11-19 15:30:28 +0300 )edit

@coderus: What do you think about TextSecure? Do you plan to develop it for SFOS?

martind ( 2014-11-28 14:55:33 +0300 )edit

Next week I will start to develop a native TextSecure App for SailfishOS. I start to develop for SailfishOS with that project. I programmed before mainly Objective-C, Python and PHP. So I got some books yesterday and the start will be a little bit slow. Also I have still not a complete overview of SailfishOS it's libs and system. But after using, reading around it looks for me it's missing some way of push which will be so the first step for me to implement and try to get it into mer. If anybody knows there is already Push Messages for SailfishOS would be cool to inform me so I have less work :)

DiosDelRayo ( 2014-11-30 16:55:21 +0300 )edit

@DiosDelRayo great! no, there is no push messages network for SailfishOS yet. But the TextSecure devs already implemented Websocket support. This means more battery usage as the app has to be open all the time, but at least it gives a headstart until we have a push network for SailfishOS. EDIT: and thank you for choosing TextSecure as your first SailfishOS app ;-)

tad ( 2014-11-30 18:05:22 +0300 )edit

@DiosDelRayo, thanks for help. Do you have some status information ? :) or a blog with your programming status? We really need a better native messanger than whatsapp and xmpp what is integrate in SailfishOS....

cvp ( 2015-01-09 14:16:10 +0300 )edit

another 50$ from me

piratenpanda ( 2015-02-12 13:08:00 +0300 )edit

coderus is already porting libaxolotl stuff here: and Guess when he's done we would "only" need a GUI for that.

piratenpanda ( 2015-02-21 16:35:53 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-02-12 14:25:32 +0300

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updated 2015-02-12 14:26:00 +0300

coderus is currently porting libaxolotl and libaxolotl-curve to Sailfish. You can see this here:

Code can be found here:

Unfortunately he doesn't plan a TS app. So anyone wanting to start a Sailfish TextSecure app that's a good starting point I guess :)

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answered 2014-11-06 13:31:54 +0300

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There are plenty more secure text messaging apps, a lot of them open source. Here's a great overview by

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If we had one native client for one system which has all 7 green marks than everything would be fine. So why not take TextSecure (wich has 7 green marks?)

martind ( 2014-11-06 17:12:18 +0300 )edit

@martind: I totally agree with you, but in my opinion the native is very important, I use threema and I'm not so happy with it

piwostar ( 2014-11-06 17:39:57 +0300 )edit

There's native and native (app vs. system). A native app is still not that useful. Also, it's not only about 7 green marks; if you don't know anyone else using the protocol it's not much use.

mornfall ( 2014-11-06 21:41:46 +0300 )edit

@monfall: I don't understand your "native" statement. However, at the moment we don't have any working messenger, dispite of SMS and XMPP (with all the things that don't work like: group chat, audio/video, OTR...). I think I would get my android using friends to use any good (maybe TextSexure) messenger. That's why I think it is important to have one good working native client for one service (in the best case with encryption) which is already available on android an ios.

martind ( 2014-11-07 09:45:09 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-07-23 03:33:06 +0300

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updated 2015-08-04 00:23:57 +0300

Edit1: Google free fork of TextSecure works fine on Jolla! Check out the comments below for more. Keep in mind that this is no offical build from Open WhisperSystems.

Edit2: Now @ Harbour

Big thanks to leszek and rrunner64!!

Maybe this TextSecure issue is something for the "Which feature do you want next" wiki. I placed a corresponding question there...

To those of you who use the Android version: What is the minimal google contamination level, that makes it possible to use TextSecure? Meaning, do I need a google account and gapps or is it sufficient to get google services running? To build the apk for TextSecure from the source at is pretty straightforward. So I think one would only really need the push service from google.

Untill now didn't get Textsecure operational. I can install and it seems to work but is to old for TextSecure. If I update via apptoid or download a recent version I can install it but it crashes instantainiously. Nevertheless TS starts and works up to the key generation step, then it crashes. My guess is this is due to the crashing google services. Installing the google store following the description here at TJC seems to work but the store also crashes before it really starts.

Does someone have a hint what is wrong here? Is there a known problem with

Thanks a lot!

Edit3: Big thanks also to the developers of the Google free TextSecure version! Please take a look at JavaJens repo and support the great work there!

Last but not least thanks to open whispersystems who developed the original app. If we ask nicely and give it some time they may help to make this Sailfish native... Feel free to encourage them ;)

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I build textsecure already without google services (JavaJens version). It works fine BUT I cannot receive texts. I can send them encrypted and they arrive but I don't get the answers. Nothing nada arrives on my client when someone sends something.

leszek ( 2015-07-23 17:26:17 +0300 )edit

@leszek What build options did you chose? I followed this guide and selected build type "websockets" and flavor "prod" in Android Studio. I can send and receive messages. My Jolla even receives messages when the UI is closed (and does notify me thanks to coderus "Android notifications").

rrunner64 ( 2015-07-30 18:41:39 +0300 )edit

@rrunner64 Thanks I will try the guide. I did not compiled the modified libtextsecure-java which ends up not being able to see contacts which have a textsecure account but not using my self build apk. I will keep you updated. Also maybe it might be useful to others to share that apk of textsecure that works on Jolla somehow :)

leszek ( 2015-07-30 18:49:05 +0300 )edit

You are right, I can not see my TextSecure contacts. To start a new conversation I need to enter the phone number of the contact. It’s nasty but it works.

rrunner64 ( 2015-07-30 19:32:27 +0300 )edit

Hmm... but when entering the phone number do you send messages via the server or as sms ?

leszek ( 2015-07-30 20:52:00 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-05-11 09:21:06 +0300

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It looks like something like RedPhone is coming to Jolla. I just saw these announcements:

And it look like it's coming soon

"Mysteriously High Tides.."

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iOS and droids are not in scope. Any security platform should have no exfill capability. Right now Desktop Linux & RPi, ARM & Jolla are in scope. (

meneer ( 2015-05-11 09:39:05 +0300 )edit

unfortunately I don't think its going to be harbor worthy. But a few of us were helping them get a proof of concept working over the weekend.

r0kk3rz ( 2015-05-11 10:47:40 +0300 )edit

Any ideas on the protocol used? IMO there's a lot less value in this if it's not Redphone-compatible, because all the world does not use Sailfish yet.

mjtorn ( 2015-05-11 12:51:32 +0300 )edit

It looks like there's been some real progress:

meneer ( 2015-05-25 20:30:33 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-08-18 22:53:32 +0300

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There is an upstream issue about this:

Unfortunately, it was closed, but at least there seems to be some interest in porting it to Sailfish, reading the comments in that issue and the linked posts.

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answered 2014-11-19 01:43:51 +0300

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updated 2014-11-19 01:45:49 +0300

Interesting info: Open Whisper Systems partners with WhatsApp to provide end-to-end encryption


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answered 2016-01-23 11:16:50 +0300

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updated 2016-01-23 11:19:12 +0300

I have the textsecure messenger aka signal installed from the play store. for all which are not able to access the contacts enable in textsecure the sms receiving function in the settings. after contacts are appearing.

hope this helps some of you guys.

have a nice day...

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Nice, thanks! I can confirm seeing my contacts there now.

Just tested this, an SMS was caught by Sailfish, so Signal doesn't actually receive any SMSs :)

(I hope it stays that way too, would expressively not want that)

mjtorn ( 2016-01-23 14:19:11 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-03-17 23:45:44 +0300

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not a duplicate but a related question:

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answered 2014-11-10 11:33:20 +0300

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Maybe also worth considering: ChatSecure. The app exists for Android and iOS (while TextSecure has no iOS app for the moment).

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ChatSecure isn't a very good app though, Conversations is a far better option, at least on Android. The devs are also constantly working on it (see What's more is that it actually looks like an app normal people could use, the design is very well thought out.

However I don't think this question was about XMPP apps.

nthn ( 2014-11-10 12:16:11 +0300 )edit

ChatSecure is just a XMPP client, which SailfishOS already has (based on telepathy framework). But what telepathy definitely lacks atm is:

btw: TextSecure function will be integrated into iOS' Signal app "real soon now" according to OpenWhisperSystems

tad ( 2014-11-10 16:30:18 +0300 )edit

@nthn Conversations does not support OTR (

Neo ( 2014-11-10 17:52:48 +0300 )edit

@Neo: sure it does, I use it myself and it works perfectly! Maybe it wasn't available in a very early version, but the version currently on F-Droid supports both OTR and OpenPGP for secure messaging.

nthn ( 2014-11-10 22:55:10 +0300 )edit

@nthn Good to know, thanks for the info. I will try it out. What do you think how would this app be scored in this interesting scoreboard: ?

Neo ( 2014-11-11 00:52:01 +0300 )edit
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