Clickable: Making Ubuntu Touch Apps Easy

Published November 1, 2016 in The Voyage of a Software Developer by Brian Douglass
Filed under Clickable, Releases

Making apps for Ubuntu Touch has always been a serious of hoops to jump through for me. They require the Ubuntu SDK IDE, an Ubuntu machine, and an Ubuntu phone. Iā€™d much rather use the editor of my choice, Atom, rather than the Ubuntu SDK IDE. And there is also the problem of me running Arch Linux, not Ubuntu, on my laptop. So previously I would run the IDE on a virtual Ubuntu machine and shuffle around a click file until I could install it on my test phone. But not any more!

Clickable is a command line tool to build, package, and install click apps. It support a variety of different app templates (including cmake, qmake, cordova, etc). And builds everything in a lxd container, so you can run it anywhere you can run lxd, no ubuntu required. With clickable you can string a few commands together and have your app built, packaged, installed, and launched on your phone in one go.

If you are interested in using Clickable for your own projects, check out the Github repo. Feel free to contact me if you need any help!