A Signal compatible cross plattform client written in Go and Vuejs

Axolotl is a crossplattform Signal client

For the Ubuntu Phone and more

Axolotl is a complete Signal client, it allows you to create a Signal account and have discussions with your contacts. Unlike the desktop Signal client, Axolotl is completely autonomous and doesn’t require you to have created an account with the official Signal application.

It is built upon the Go textsecure package and a vuejs app that runs in a electron/qml WebEngineView container.

To use it from your Ubuntu Touch device, simply install it from the open store:

Axolotl is also available as a snap package, to install it on Ubuntu desktop:
Get it from the Snap Store

What works

  • Phone registration
  • Contact discovery
  • Direct messages
  • Group messages mostly
  • Photo, video, audio and contact attachments in both direct and group mode
  • Preview for photo and audio attachments
  • Storing conversations
  • Encrypted message store
  • Desktop client provisioning/syncing partially

What is missing

  • Push notifications
  • Most settings that are available in the Android app
  • Encrypted phone calls

There are still bugs and UI/UX quirks.

Installation of development environment

  • Install Golang
  • Install node js (see the .nvmrc file for the supported version
  • Add gopath to ~/.bashrc https://github.com/golang/go/wiki/SettingGOPATH
  • install dependencies sudo apt install mercurial
  • Check out this git go get -d github.com/nanu-c/axolotl
  • cd $(go env GOPATH)/src/github.com/nanu-c/axolotl
  • get go dependencies go mod download
  • install axolotl-web dependencies: cd axolotl-web&&npm install


For information how to translate, please see TRANSLATE.md.

Run development

  • cd $(go env GOPATH)/src/github.com/nanu-c/axolotl
  • go run .
  • in a new terminal cd axolotl-web&&npm run serve
  • point a browser to the link printed in the terminal like http://localhost:9080

Run frontend and connect to phone ip

That way running the backend is avoided, instead your current registration on ubuntu touch is used

  • cd axolotl-web
  • VUE_APP_WS_ADDRESS= npm run serve replace with the ip of your phone

Build Axolotl for all arches with clickable and snap

This requires clickable and snapcraft to be installed see build.sh

Installation on UT

If you want to use the current stable version, simply install it from the OpenStore

The build-system is now integrated in the clickable Version 3.2.0.

  • primary steps from installation
  • Get clickable
  • Run clickable, this also transfers the click package to the Ubuntu Touch Phone
  • Run clickable launch logs to start signal and watch the log

Run flags

  • -sys for either lorca-> native chromium (has to be installed), ut -> runs in the ut enviroment, me -> qmlscene, server -> just run the webserver, or without that flag it runs electron
  • -eDebug show developer console in electron mode
  • -host Set the host to run the webserver from. Defaults to localhost.
  • -port Set the port to run the webserver from. Defaults to 9080.


Please fill issues here on github https://github.com/nanu-c/axolotl/issues

Migrating from janimo/axolotl

  1. Download and install the app from the OpenStore; do not launch the app!
  2. Copy the directory /home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.jani/.storage to /home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.nanuc/.storage
  3. Copy the file /home/phablet/.config/textsecure.jani/config.yml to /home/phablet/.config/textsecure.nanuc/config.yml. Edit the copied file by changing storageDir: /home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.nanuc/.storage (not strictly required: also update userAgent: TextSecure 0.3.18 for Ubuntu Phone to reflect the current version).
  4. Not strictly required. Copy your conversation history by copying the file /home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.jani/db/db.sql to /home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.nanuc/db/db.sql
  5. Not strictly required. Copy the attachments by copying the directory /home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.jani/attachments to /home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.nanuc/attachments. Download the db.sql to your computer and run sqlite3 db.sql "UPDATE messages SET attachment = REPLACE(attachment, '/home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.jani/attachments/', '/home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.nanuc/attachments/') WHERE attachment LIKE '/home/phablet/.local/share/textsecure.jani/attachments/%';". Upload the now updated db.sql back to your phone.
  6. Remove the old app! If you do not remove the old app and you send or receive new messages with the other app you, conflicts may occur.

Download Details:

Author: nanu-c

Demo: https://axolotl.chat/

Source Code: https://github.com/nanu-c/axolotl

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A Signal compatible cross plattform client written in Go and Vuejs
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