Sailfish OS

Sailfish OS is the operating system that powers the Jolla smartphone. It's an evolution of the Maemo/MeeGo Linux distribution that started life on the Nokia tablets back in 2005.

During its rather tumultuous life it's evolved from a trailblazing tablet OS to possibly one of the most open and interesting smartphone OSes. Applications are built using the venerable QT framework with gestures and dialogue stacks at the core of its approach to interaction. At the same time it's a true Linux distribution allowing existing applications to be rebuilt and redeployed easily (you can even fire up GCC on the phone to build them in situ or hack away at Python if that's your bag).

Personally I've been using Maemo/SailfishOS since buying an N810 around 2008, followed by an N900 and then a Jolla phone. On this page you can find out about some of the software I've developed for the OS, as well checking out my 3D printed The Other Half covers produced in agreement with Jolla.

Sailfishos Index

5 most recent items

11 Apr 2020 : Google/Apple's “privacy-safe contact tracing“, a summary
10 Apr 2020 : Initial observations on the joint Google/Apple “privacy-safe contact tracing” specification
15 Sep 2019 : Sailfish app updates - Scintillon and GetiPlay
10 Sep 2019 : GetiPlay 0.8-1 released
25 Aug 2019 : Scintillon gets 中文简体 (Chinese) translations


  • Scintillon Scintillon
    Version 0.30 (15 Sep 2019) for SailfishOS.
    Scintillon is a Philips Hue compatible smart home app that lets you control your Hue lighting using your Sailfish OS phone. Install the binary from the Jolla Store or OpenRepos. More info...
    Download: binary, source, screenshot.
  • GetiPlay GetiPlay
    Version 0.90 (14 Sep 2019) for SailfishOS.
    GetiPlay is a simple user interface for the get_iplayer command line utility for Sailfish OS devices. It allows TV and radio programmes to be downloaded from the BBC iPlayer listings.
    Download: binary, source, screenshot.
  • Pedalo Pedalo
    Version 0.21 (18 Jul 2018) for SailfishOS.
    Measures your relative pedalo performance with others in a privacy-preserving way. Although originally designed for waterways, it could be used just as well to measure your performance in other cycling situations, such as when riding a bike. Install the binary from the Jolla Store. More info...
    Download: source, screenshot.
  • ownNotes ownNotes
    Version 1.86 (22 Sep 2016) for SailfishOS.
    ownNotes is a note-taking application for Sailfish OS. It supports some basic markdown feature and notes can be syncronized with ownCloud or any other WebDav server. More info...
    Download: binary, source, screenshot.
  • OpenVPN-Rig OpenVPN-Rig
    Version 0.00 (30 Mar 2014) for SailfishOS.
    OpenVPN-Rig is an OpenVPN client configuration interface. It provides a simple interface for configuring your Sailfish OS phone and connecting as a client securely to an OpenVPN server. More info...
    Download: binary, source, screenshot.


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