Install kontalk [debian , ubuntu 64bit]

based on:

add backports, only for debian (so you can install latest software for your system):
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
and add at the end:
deb jessie-backports main
update it:
sudo apt-get update

install dependencies:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk

maybe you also have to install android-studio (which ships with gradle):

get the sourcecode and run it:
cd ~
git clone
cd ~/desktopclient-java
git submodule update --init
cd ~/desktopclient-java/ && ./gradlew run

import your (the backup you have done from your android-client app)
and paste the password you used for

activate key-password and create a key password for the it
(you will be always asked for that password when you start kontalk in future)

now you can run it with:
cd ~/desktopclient-java/ && ./gradlew run

create a starter:
mkdir ‐p ~/.local/share/icons/
cd ~/.local/share/icons/
wget -O kontalk.png

cd ~/.local/share/applications
nano kontalk.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=a messanger app
Exec=sh -c 'cd /home/xxUserxx/desktopclient-java/ && ./gradlew run'

use the correct username in starter:
cd ~/.local/share/applications
sed -i 's/xxUserxx/'$USER'/' kontalk.desktop

enable emoticons:
based on:
sudo apt install ttf-ancient-fonts

install emoji picker(copied to clipboard):

downloaded files are located in:

preview images are located in:

remove kontalk:
sudo rm -r ~/desktopclient-java
sudo rm -r ~/.kontalk
sudo rm -r ~/.gradle
rm ~/.local/share/applications/kontalk.desktop
rm ~/.local/share/icons/kontalk.png

maybe also remove openjdk 8:
sudo apt-get purge openjdk-8-jdk


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