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App request: Client for Telegram

asked 2014-02-04 00:17:25 +0300

Malkavian gravatar image

updated 2018-12-18 12:18:17 +0300

JSEHV gravatar image

Telegram is a libre software client (with closed distributed servers) for Instant Messaging. It focus on privacy an encryption, it's and it will be free of charge, and uses an open protocol. It tries to look similar to Whatsapp to make easier a transition and uses mobile-numbers for contact manangement.

There are official clients for Android and IOs, and unofficial ones for GNU/Linux, MacOS, Windows, Windows Phone, and web.


Edit: 11.07.2017 (h.berd);

There are two (workaround)options now:

Depecher from Openrepos works: https://openrepos.net/content/blacksailer/depecher

Edit: 18.12.2018 (jse);

A new Telegram Client app is in the works, called Telegra Me. It is actively developed and looking very promising. You can check the source at: http://gitlab.unique-conception.org/sailfish-app/telegra-me

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I would like a native Telegram app for Sailfish OS as well. I know security might not be as good as they advertise, but in my opinion it's better then giving al your personal info to Facebook, since they own WhatsApp as wel.

Jozz ( 2014-02-21 00:36:58 +0300 )edit

A Threema port would be nice also. At the moment in Germany it looks like Threema is more popular (in the press) as Telegram. And I don't trust an russian company more as an us company. Threema is lokated in the swizerland. That sounds a little bit better.

skull77 ( 2014-02-22 15:50:48 +0300 )edit

But Telegram is Opensource and well documented. On Threema you only have trust.

Sailor ( 2014-02-22 22:43:10 +0300 )edit

But were is the different? Telegram is opensource, but the servers are in russia. Russia is not known for its trustworthiness. So perhaps the source of Telegram is trustworth, but what is with the company who ownes it? It's a Facebook clone. Threema is closedsource, but its servers are in the swizerland and its a small company which i trust (for the moment).

skull77 ( 2014-02-22 23:02:23 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-02-22 13:04:04 +0300

jsfdez gravatar image

updated 2014-12-04 12:30:53 +0300

I'm currently working in a Telegram port to Sailfish. Let's see if I have time to finish it :)

PD: Currently working means just started :P

Github here: https://together.jolla.com/question/23838/app-request-client-for-telegram/?answer=68902#post-id-68902

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Hi Xgoan, I really appreciate your effort. I'm interested in testing your app if needed.

Jozz ( 2014-02-22 16:06:13 +0300 )edit

me too. Let we know.

pizzulicchio ( 2014-02-22 23:12:06 +0300 )edit

@Xgoan, any chance you could re-use code from Mitakuuluu for the UI? Or even add Telegram support in Mitakuuluu.

clau ( 2014-02-23 13:51:52 +0300 )edit

Maybe in a future. ATM I haven't reached the UI part.

jsfdez ( 2014-02-23 14:01:24 +0300 )edit

Also up for testing.

andreibechet ( 2014-02-25 14:04:22 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-07-08 14:58:30 +0300

updated 2016-03-17 13:25:41 +0300

There is a new Telegram app made by Dax, the same author of WebPirate... it's called Sailorgram. Development is going quite fast, and it's already miles ahead anything else we've seen on Sailfish so far... give it a try!

EDIT: Version 0.80-2 is out


Notifications will be deleted if a message is readed from another client
It's possible to send multiple files from file picker (thanks goes to Maldela for the implementation)
Secret chats are now visible in Sailorgram's cover
It's possible to reply to messages
SearchBox will be scrolled along with the chats
Searchbox's hidden by default ( thanks to mentaljam for the implementation :) )
SearchBox's visible setting is persistent
Implemented message forwarding
Messages can be marked as readed directly from the Chat page
Moved "Settings" and "Profile" menu in Contacts page
Profile images are now clickable ( thanks to mentaljam for the implementation :) )
Pinch to zoom enabled in Image Viewer ( thanks to mentaljam for the implementation :) )
Quoted media messages are now visible
Unified single chats, groups and secret chats components
Location type messages will be opened with Maps application
Implemented Webpage media messages
Implemented Venue media messages
Deleted 0.5x and 0.6x legacy code
Removed more legacy code from media messages, improved appereance and behavior
Improved connection reliability
Redesigned Profile page
Redesigned Contacts page
Fixed an unwanted newline when sending messages using the enter key
Polished UI
Updated LibQTelegram and TelegramQML to upstream
Minor Fixes
Updated Localizations
REV2: Improved message forwarding
REV2: Fixed Audio recording
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Thanks for telling. Looks great. Will try it :)

Malkavian ( 2015-07-08 16:24:42 +0300 )edit

Can confirm, looks to be the best Telegram client for Sailfish!

Naveen ( 2015-07-09 11:13:14 +0300 )edit

yup, no connection issues as in jolagramm and it is currently in development, while jolagramm seems to be on hold

pawel ( 2015-07-22 15:04:09 +0300 )edit

Yes, this one really looks good. Jollagram isn't useable and in comparison really isn't an option at all...

Alex-S ( 2015-07-23 16:08:02 +0300 )edit

When will it be available in the Jolla store?

JSEHV ( 2016-01-30 12:26:46 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-11-03 17:49:24 +0300

tadzik gravatar image

Please, no app. Write a telepathy plugin instead. Why would we need another app for yet another messaging service?

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...Because a telepathy addon is nearly useless without support for emoticons, image-/video-/position-sharing/display.

kormarun ( 2014-11-03 18:05:25 +0300 )edit

I would find a chat integration useful.

nomeata ( 2014-11-03 23:31:50 +0300 )edit

@kormarun then add that too duh!

chemist ( 2014-12-04 12:12:59 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-01-02 13:31:42 +0300

vimana gravatar image

For the moment I can segnalre this. Italian developer has done a great job.

There are the basic functions, but it works very well!


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I can confirm: implemented functions work well. Great job !!!

scegliau ( 2015-01-02 16:53:31 +0300 )edit

Still some work to do there, though. But looks promising and I'm definitely keeping an eye on it.

Ze German Guy ( 2015-01-03 09:00:15 +0300 )edit

Basic functions work fine as advertised :) Good to have a native version.

anandrkris ( 2015-01-22 08:50:52 +0300 )edit

Is this the developer that is on the contest for a Telegram app on BlackBerry?

kraidx ( 2015-02-24 23:26:57 +0300 )edit

Can you please add all the other functions that makes Telegram so great, please.

JSEHV ( 2015-05-21 00:53:38 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-05-11 22:29:53 +0300

h.berd gravatar image

I reopened this request, because we need a new developer(team) for the telegram/sailorgram app.

As stated in this thread https://together.jolla.com/question/160188/cant-open-sailorgram-after-update-to-iijoki/ there is no active development anymore.

Dax abandoned the project sailorgram and jollagram wasn't ever usable for me and many other users.

There are two (workaround)options now:

  • you can use sailorgram-harbour (github) from @coderus which is a beta and has connection problems for some users and no bugfixes till now
  • you can use the recompiled stable package from ade (warehouse), which is not under development

So, please Devs take care of this important project. Telegram is an important app for many sfos users and I believe it's only a matter of time till the recompiled version from ade will stop working without some changes.

Thank you!

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proposal, i think you may add on the above thread a list of actual app which work .
and add a note about the sailorgram situation (maybe for the others too).
I think that the above thread miss this kind of info.
In this way people may have a short opinion about the existing solution.
Just short, then they will may come to your answer for more details i think

cemoi71 ( 2017-05-12 10:09:05 +0300 )edit

Seconded! Telegram is essential. I use the recompiled stable Sailorgram, and I'm just hoping it will keep working as long as possible.

bocephus ( 2017-05-12 10:12:58 +0300 )edit

Are there any news? I think it's really necessary to have a native app (community-ports don't have the possibility to use androids Telegram or Whatsapp...)

tva ( 2017-06-10 14:36:34 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-12-04 12:08:04 +0300

jsfdez gravatar image

updated 2014-12-04 12:41:17 +0300


here is the source code of Sahke (my early state implementation of Telegram for Sailfish)


REMEMBER: It's unfinished I have no time to continue developing the application as I have other projects ATM :(

It's based on telegram-cli implementation (only works on linux) with changes to act as a library instead of a separate process.

At this point the application registering is working and you can see your active conversations and receive the message (NO LIVE CHAT)

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Thanks. Can you give a brief on what is implemented / works? Not a developer, just curious. :-)

anandrkris ( 2014-12-04 12:36:38 +0300 )edit

Git submodule fails ... pls fixit and join #sailfishos on freenode if you can

dr_gogeta86 ( 2014-12-04 14:13:58 +0300 )edit

I fixed the submodule. Thanks for reporting.

jsfdez ( 2014-12-04 15:27:47 +0300 )edit

Tnx , but it not compiles http://pastebin.com/xUvWHNCL

dr_gogeta86 ( 2014-12-04 18:08:44 +0300 )edit

I will try to fix ASAP.

jsfdez ( 2014-12-05 15:08:45 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-12-06 22:19:49 +0300

misja gravatar image

updated 2014-12-15 14:51:50 +0300

Looks like someone already started a Qt Telegram connection manager for Telepathy as part of GSOC2014. Repository is at http://quickgit.kde.org/?p=scratch%2Fakulichalexandr%2Ftelegram-testing.git

Edit: repositories have moved and are now at: Qt-based client library for Telegram IM and Telegram connection manager for Telepathy

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Looks really nice.

jsfdez ( 2014-12-12 16:20:44 +0300 )edit

easy to port to sailfish ?

pavi ( 2014-12-16 21:09:16 +0300 )edit

It's not a matter of porting, telepathy is the messaging framework also used in Sailfish. I haven't looked at it in detail but if the connection manager works and the Qt client library is in good shape then probably only a proper UI needs to get built.

misja ( 2014-12-19 14:35:27 +0300 )edit

There are rpms waiting for us: https://talk.maemo.org/showpost.php?p=1488410&postcount=106 It would be nice if @TemeV would explain how to use them properly.

DLQ ( 2016-10-23 19:02:16 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-08-05 12:42:06 +0300

meneer gravatar image

Sigram is a new open source app, written in C++, C, Qt, QML. Could be an inspiration for a sailfish app http://www.webupd8.org/2014/06/sigram-native-linux-desktop-telegram.html

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It looks nice. I really hope someone can create a native Telegram app for Sailfish.

Jozz ( 2014-08-05 16:29:38 +0300 )edit

Any one using this ?

pavi ( 2014-12-04 05:08:51 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-02-25 10:24:16 +0300

zash1958 gravatar image

I am also using "Jollagram" from the warehouse. The native Sailfish app works very well and so far this is enough for me.

Why using an android app?

And PLEASE NO political discussions about liberty in countries like Russia. This is a very bad habit to talk about a country where You do not live and work. And Your knowledge is only from things You have heard and read in some newspapers and magazines. And also not fair against the people there!

I live in Germany AND Russia and will shut up with any commonts about Liberty here AND there

Back to "Jollagram/Telegram !

Just my 5 cents


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btw, I think the Telegram servers are now situated in Berlin, Germany.

hwesselmann ( 2015-02-25 16:25:49 +0300 )edit

at least their HQ is

Blizzz ( 2015-03-20 14:34:35 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-05-16 10:40:19 +0300

paolomi gravatar image

Now python programmers can make easily a native telegram client: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/Telethon/

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Interesting :)

Dylan Van Assche ( 2017-05-16 13:51:43 +0300 )edit
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