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Set up Franz for Ubuntu
  • Download Franz for your distribution from MeetFranz.com
  • change into the same directory as the downloaded file, then sudo tar -xf Franz-linux-x64-0.9.10.tgz -C /opt/franz
  • (optional) wget "https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/360/1*v86tTomtFZIdqzMNpvwIZw.png" -O franz-icon.png then sudo cp franz-icon.png /opt/franz
  • (optional) sudo touch /usr/share/applications/franz.desktop then sudo vim /usr/share/applications/franz.desktop

paste the following lines into the file, then save the file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Franz
Comment=
Exec=/opt/franz/Franz
Icon=/opt/franz/franz-icon.png
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=Messaging,Internet
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Thanks for this! I created a shell script from your notes! https://gist.github.com/ruebenramirez/22234da93f08be65125cc45fc386c1cd

ruebenramirez commented Sep 7, 2016

Thanks for this! I created a shell script from your notes! https://gist.github.com/ruebenramirez/22234da93f08be65125cc45fc386c1cd

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ninhnv-runsystem Oct 18, 2016

Dont need to create a launcher. Just open Franz. Right click Franz and select Lock to launcher

ninhnv-runsystem commented Oct 18, 2016

Dont need to create a launcher. Just open Franz. Right click Franz and select Lock to launcher

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RicardoEPRodrigues Oct 30, 2016

@ninhnv-runsystem that doesn't work on all Ubuntu distributions. For example Ubuntu Gnome does not have that feature out-of-the-box.

RicardoEPRodrigues commented Oct 30, 2016

@ninhnv-runsystem that doesn't work on all Ubuntu distributions. For example Ubuntu Gnome does not have that feature out-of-the-box.

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erikdubois Oct 31, 2016

Can you change your icon line in order not the use a hardcoded link.

Icon=/opt/franz/franz-icon.png
to
Icon=franz

Icon themes like Moka, Numix, Sardi and Surfn will use their own icon. If using a hardcoded link, the icon theme gets broken.
Thanks in advance. The system will provide an icon if you put it in /usr/share/icons/hicolor.

More info about hardcoded icons on github of foggalong - hardcodefixer
Foggalong/hardcode-fixer#258

erikdubois commented Oct 31, 2016

Can you change your icon line in order not the use a hardcoded link.

Icon=/opt/franz/franz-icon.png
to
Icon=franz

Icon themes like Moka, Numix, Sardi and Surfn will use their own icon. If using a hardcoded link, the icon theme gets broken.
Thanks in advance. The system will provide an icon if you put it in /usr/share/icons/hicolor.

More info about hardcoded icons on github of foggalong - hardcodefixer
Foggalong/hardcode-fixer#258

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bennuttall Dec 16, 2016

Don't you need to sudo mkdir /opt/franz first?

What's the recommended way of launching Franz once these instructions are performed?

bennuttall commented Dec 16, 2016

Don't you need to sudo mkdir /opt/franz first?

What's the recommended way of launching Franz once these instructions are performed?

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bennuttall Dec 19, 2016

And isn't it tar xzf as it's a gzipped tarball?

bennuttall commented Dec 19, 2016

And isn't it tar xzf as it's a gzipped tarball?

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Thank you for this!

doubleh-rh commented Dec 19, 2016

Thank you for this!

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jjaone Jan 8, 2017

Installing Franz-linux-x64-4.0.4 to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS fails with core dump:
`
experimancer@linuxhost:~/Downloads/Franz-linux-x64-4.0.4$ ./Franz
auto enable launch
[18689:0108/180634:FATAL:nss_util.cc(214)] nss_error=-5925, os_error=0
#0 0x000001e04a2e
#1 0x000001e1a63b
#2 0x000001bbf8b4
#3 0x00000077e5ab
#4 0x0000007d0d7e
#5 0x00000077f944
#6 0x000003451368 atom::AtomCertVerifier::AtomCertVerifier()
#7 0x00000343d2dc atom::AtomBrowserContext::CreateCertVerifier()
#8 0x0000034d1c82 brightray::URLRequestContextGetter::GetURLRequestContext()
#9 0x000002634f2c
#10 0x0000029478c1
#11 0x000001e05716
#12 0x000001e20905
#13 0x000001e20bf8
#14 0x000001e2104b
#15 0x000001df9e59
#16 0x000001e394be
#17 0x000001e200fa
#18 0x000002667936
#19 0x000002667b3e
#20 0x000001e58b88
#21 0x000001e55113
#22 0x7fc572f426ba start_thread
#23 0x7fc56c9d082d clone

Aborted (core dumped)
`

jjaone commented Jan 8, 2017

Installing Franz-linux-x64-4.0.4 to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS fails with core dump:
`
experimancer@linuxhost:~/Downloads/Franz-linux-x64-4.0.4$ ./Franz
auto enable launch
[18689:0108/180634:FATAL:nss_util.cc(214)] nss_error=-5925, os_error=0
#0 0x000001e04a2e
#1 0x000001e1a63b
#2 0x000001bbf8b4
#3 0x00000077e5ab
#4 0x0000007d0d7e
#5 0x00000077f944
#6 0x000003451368 atom::AtomCertVerifier::AtomCertVerifier()
#7 0x00000343d2dc atom::AtomBrowserContext::CreateCertVerifier()
#8 0x0000034d1c82 brightray::URLRequestContextGetter::GetURLRequestContext()
#9 0x000002634f2c
#10 0x0000029478c1
#11 0x000001e05716
#12 0x000001e20905
#13 0x000001e20bf8
#14 0x000001e2104b
#15 0x000001df9e59
#16 0x000001e394be
#17 0x000001e200fa
#18 0x000002667936
#19 0x000002667b3e
#20 0x000001e58b88
#21 0x000001e55113
#22 0x7fc572f426ba start_thread
#23 0x7fc56c9d082d clone

Aborted (core dumped)
`

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when trying to install terminal showing no such file or directory

sandeep246 commented Jan 31, 2017

when trying to install terminal showing no such file or directory

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@sandeep246 is it referring to /opt/franz or franz tar file? In case it is /opt/franz, you will have to create the directory before running the command.
Try below steps:

Open terminal at location where the franz tar file is downloaded or cd to that directory.
then run following:
sudo mkdir /opt/franz

Substitute the downloaded franz tar name in below command.

sudo tar -xvzf <franz-linux-xx-x.x.x.tgz> -C /opt/franz

wget "https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/360/1*v86tTomtFZIdqzMNpvwIZw.png" -O franz-icon.png
sudo cp franz-icon.png /opt/franz/
sudo touch /usr/share/applications/franz.desktop
sudo vim /usr/share/applications/franz.desktop

then paste below, in above franz.desktop file and save it.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Franz
Comment=
Exec=/opt/franz/Franz
Icon=/opt/franz/franz-icon.png
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=Messaging,Internet

anandsimer commented Jan 31, 2017

@sandeep246 is it referring to /opt/franz or franz tar file? In case it is /opt/franz, you will have to create the directory before running the command.
Try below steps:

Open terminal at location where the franz tar file is downloaded or cd to that directory.
then run following:
sudo mkdir /opt/franz

Substitute the downloaded franz tar name in below command.

sudo tar -xvzf <franz-linux-xx-x.x.x.tgz> -C /opt/franz

wget "https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/360/1*v86tTomtFZIdqzMNpvwIZw.png" -O franz-icon.png
sudo cp franz-icon.png /opt/franz/
sudo touch /usr/share/applications/franz.desktop
sudo vim /usr/share/applications/franz.desktop

then paste below, in above franz.desktop file and save it.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Franz
Comment=
Exec=/opt/franz/Franz
Icon=/opt/franz/franz-icon.png
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=Messaging,Internet

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I installed Franz messenger via the last comment.

Its installed and working but keeps using over 100% CPU.
1768 savellm 20 0 1581140 113316 72904 R 105.0 0.7 12:24.70 Franz
That's from 'top'

Did I install this correctly? And is there any way to fix it, as I'm pretty sure it shouldn't use all that CPU.

Thanks

SavellM commented Feb 7, 2017

I installed Franz messenger via the last comment.

Its installed and working but keeps using over 100% CPU.
1768 savellm 20 0 1581140 113316 72904 R 105.0 0.7 12:24.70 Franz
That's from 'top'

Did I install this correctly? And is there any way to fix it, as I'm pretty sure it shouldn't use all that CPU.

Thanks

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alaxandra Feb 23, 2017

Hi,

I am unable to install following your instructions. First off, I am not able to sudo mkdir /opt/franz, apparently I do not have permissions.
I have tried creating the new directory using the visual file explorer, and also I have tried assigning broader permissions but without success.
Any advice?

Please consider me a complete beginner.

Thank you,
Alexandra

alaxandra commented Feb 23, 2017

Hi,

I am unable to install following your instructions. First off, I am not able to sudo mkdir /opt/franz, apparently I do not have permissions.
I have tried creating the new directory using the visual file explorer, and also I have tried assigning broader permissions but without success.
Any advice?

Please consider me a complete beginner.

Thank you,
Alexandra

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RafaBenard Feb 27, 2017

@alaxandra, you might want to rm -rf /opt/franz first in order to run it clean and avoid issues.

RafaBenard commented Feb 27, 2017

@alaxandra, you might want to rm -rf /opt/franz first in order to run it clean and avoid issues.

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daronwolff Feb 28, 2017

Thank you very much! Very useful! 👍

daronwolff commented Feb 28, 2017

Thank you very much! Very useful! 👍

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The current Franz version ships with an icon so the desktop file Icon line can be changed to this Icon=/opt/franz/resources/app.asar.unpacked/assets/franz.svg

bruvers commented Mar 22, 2017

The current Franz version ships with an icon so the desktop file Icon line can be changed to this Icon=/opt/franz/resources/app.asar.unpacked/assets/franz.svg

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n0f3 Apr 16, 2017

is anyone else experiencing franz opening and then having an entry on the launcher in ubuntu without an icon or name?

n0f3 commented Apr 16, 2017

is anyone else experiencing franz opening and then having an entry on the launcher in ubuntu without an icon or name?

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skyway22 Apr 25, 2017

^ properly edit the .desktop file

skyway22 commented Apr 25, 2017

^ properly edit the .desktop file

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Tomasz-Silpion Jun 7, 2017

Don't forget to mkdir /opt/franz

Tomasz-Silpion commented Jun 7, 2017

Don't forget to mkdir /opt/franz

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hamzajavedan Jun 14, 2017

UPDATE: Don't know what just happened. I just ran the installer again completely dejected and Franz is up and running now :/

I followed the instructions for Ubuntu 17.04 with Franz-linux-x64-4.0.4, the latest version. Nothing has happened. I was expecting to see a desktop icon but theres nothing there. It feels as thought 17.04 does not support installation of software outside of Ubuntu. Furthermore, nothing happens when I double-click the franz executable file.Any once else experiencing something similar?

hamzajavedan commented Jun 14, 2017

UPDATE: Don't know what just happened. I just ran the installer again completely dejected and Franz is up and running now :/

I followed the instructions for Ubuntu 17.04 with Franz-linux-x64-4.0.4, the latest version. Nothing has happened. I was expecting to see a desktop icon but theres nothing there. It feels as thought 17.04 does not support installation of software outside of Ubuntu. Furthermore, nothing happens when I double-click the franz executable file.Any once else experiencing something similar?

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rahmanarifm commented Jun 16, 2017

Thank you!

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xbonio Jul 10, 2017

Why there are no repos for major Linux distributions?

xbonio commented Jul 10, 2017

Why there are no repos for major Linux distributions?

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Antuanego Jul 14, 2017

Please, let me know, how can i completely remove Franz from my Ubuntu 16.04?

Antuanego commented Jul 14, 2017

Please, let me know, how can i completely remove Franz from my Ubuntu 16.04?

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This is what I did to uninstall franz from my Ubuntu.

  • cd /opt To set current directory as opt
  • sudo rm -r franz To remove franz folder

Enigma10 commented Jul 22, 2017

This is what I did to uninstall franz from my Ubuntu.

  • cd /opt To set current directory as opt
  • sudo rm -r franz To remove franz folder
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I'm having problems signing in to Skype. The first page is showing, but when it's time for page two to enter my password Franz goes completely blank and nothing happens. Anyone else had this problem and found a solution? I'm using Ubuntu 17.04.

WinEntDev commented Aug 22, 2017

I'm having problems signing in to Skype. The first page is showing, but when it's time for page two to enter my password Franz goes completely blank and nothing happens. Anyone else had this problem and found a solution? I'm using Ubuntu 17.04.

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rafaelmbs Sep 22, 2017

On my RHEL 7.4, the franz.desktop likes...
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Franz
Comment=
Exec=/opt/franz/Franz
Icon=/opt/franz/franz-icon.png
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=GNOME;GTK;Network;InstantMessaging;

Just fixing categories for my dist.

tks a lot

rafaelmbs commented Sep 22, 2017

On my RHEL 7.4, the franz.desktop likes...
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Franz
Comment=
Exec=/opt/franz/Franz
Icon=/opt/franz/franz-icon.png
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=GNOME;GTK;Network;InstantMessaging;

Just fixing categories for my dist.

tks a lot

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tluanga34 Sep 28, 2017

I found this great application from Youtube video that talks about cool applications in Linux.
Would be great a lot if there is a script file that ships with Franz that install itself to the system.

tluanga34 commented Sep 28, 2017

I found this great application from Youtube video that talks about cool applications in Linux.
Would be great a lot if there is a script file that ships with Franz that install itself to the system.

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cerebrix Oct 6, 2017

I installed via this method but I appear to be having a problem with restoring from the tray. When I close the app with the close window button. If i go to the tray and select "Show Franz" nothing happens. I can close the app from there, but I am unable to show it. Zorin OS 12.2

cerebrix commented Oct 6, 2017

I installed via this method but I appear to be having a problem with restoring from the tray. When I close the app with the close window button. If i go to the tray and select "Show Franz" nothing happens. I can close the app from there, but I am unable to show it. Zorin OS 12.2

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chrisl300 Dec 7, 2017

Deleting the directory under /opt does not uninstall the program.
Use:
sudo apt-get --purge remove franz

chrisl300 commented Dec 7, 2017

Deleting the directory under /opt does not uninstall the program.
Use:
sudo apt-get --purge remove franz

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Reetok3 Feb 18, 2018

Thank you, for this.

Reetok3 commented Feb 18, 2018

Thank you, for this.

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