Onionshare without Snap or flatpac

Do anyone here know how I can get onionshare working without the use of snapd or flatpak I really don’t like those package distributors.

The Onionshare on the AUR is not working, saying “you might need a newer version of tor or something like that I don’t remember fully”

I can’t find any info on how to build it from the source or if that even is possible. Y’all are much smarter than me when it comes to this so hopefully you can give me a solution :slight_smile:

Is it failing during install, or during run-time? How did you install Tor?

It’s not an AUR package, by the way.

If I were me, I’d probably just download it from the repos with pacman -Syu onionshare

https://archlinux.org/packages/community/any/onionshare/

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it fails when you try to start sharing. I only found it with yay so I figured it was on the AUR

I downloaded tor from their website and unpacked it.

Works for me here:

[derek@legion5 ~]$ sudo pacman -Syu onionshare
[sudo] password for derek: 
:: Synchronizing package databases...
 core is up to date
 extra is up to date
 community is up to date
 multilib                                  170.3 KiB   473 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 endeavouros                                33.5 KiB  43.9 KiB/s 00:01 [########################################] 100%
:: Starting full system upgrade...
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

Package (32)                       New Version  Net Change  Download Size

community/gunicorn                 20.1.0-4       0.65 MiB       0.13 MiB
community/libev                    4.33-1         0.19 MiB       0.12 MiB
extra/pyside2                      5.15.5-1      54.63 MiB       9.38 MiB
community/python-bidict            0.22.0-1       0.22 MiB       0.05 MiB
community/python-click             8.1.3-1        0.89 MiB       0.15 MiB
extra/python-cryptography          37.0.2-1       3.85 MiB       0.81 MiB
community/python-engineio          4.3.2-1        0.49 MiB       0.09 MiB
community/python-eventlet          0.33.0-2       1.90 MiB       0.37 MiB
community/python-flask             2.1.2-1        0.81 MiB       0.13 MiB
community/python-flask-httpauth    4.4.0-3        0.04 MiB       0.01 MiB
community/python-flask-socketio    5.1.1-1        0.18 MiB       0.04 MiB
community/python-gevent            21.12.0-1      7.41 MiB       1.50 MiB
community/python-gevent-websocket  0.10.1-8       0.15 MiB       0.04 MiB
community/python-greenlet          1.1.2-3        0.39 MiB       0.08 MiB
community/python-itsdangerous      2.1.2-2        0.11 MiB       0.02 MiB
community/python-monotonic         1.6-3          0.02 MiB       0.01 MiB
community/python-pycryptodome      3.15.0-1       3.71 MiB       0.97 MiB
community/python-pynacl            1.4.0-5        0.65 MiB       0.09 MiB
community/python-pysocks           1.7.1-7        0.10 MiB       0.03 MiB
community/python-qrcode            7.3.1-1        0.31 MiB       0.07 MiB
extra/python-shiboken2             5.15.5-1       0.48 MiB       0.19 MiB
community/python-socketio          5.6.0-1        0.58 MiB       0.08 MiB
community/python-stem              1.8.0-5        3.43 MiB       0.54 MiB
community/python-ujson             5.3.0-1        0.10 MiB       0.04 MiB
community/python-unidecode         1.3.4-1        1.38 MiB       0.24 MiB
community/python-websocket-client  1.3.3-1        0.41 MiB       0.07 MiB
community/python-websockets        10.3-1         8.10 MiB       0.97 MiB
community/python-werkzeug          2.1.2-1        2.01 MiB       0.32 MiB
community/python-zope-event        4.5.0-6        0.02 MiB       0.01 MiB
extra/python-zope-interface        5.4.0-4        2.51 MiB       0.32 MiB
community/tor                      0.4.7.8-1     14.44 MiB       2.65 MiB
community/onionshare               2.5-2          3.16 MiB       0.93 MiB

Total Download Size:    20.44 MiB
Total Installed Size:  113.30 MiB

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] 
:: Retrieving packages...
 python-zope-interface-5.4.0-4-x86_64      325.9 KiB  1164 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-pycryptodome-3.15.0-1-x86_64       998.1 KiB  2.66 MiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-unidecode-1.3.4-1-any              242.3 KiB   595 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-werkzeug-2.1.2-1-any               329.0 KiB   731 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-websockets-10.3-1-x86_64           989.6 KiB  2.08 MiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-cryptography-37.0.2-1-x86_64       826.7 KiB  1770 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 tor-0.4.7.8-1-x86_64                        2.6 MiB  4.70 MiB/s 00:01 [########################################] 100%
 python-gevent-21.12.0-1-x86_64           1533.5 KiB  2.54 MiB/s 00:01 [########################################] 100%
 python-shiboken2-5.15.5-1-x86_64          196.1 KiB  1474 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 onionshare-2.5-2-any                      955.8 KiB  1470 KiB/s 00:01 [########################################] 100%
 python-flask-2.1.2-1-any                  133.6 KiB  1830 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 gunicorn-20.1.0-4-any                     131.8 KiB  1198 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-pynacl-1.4.0-5-x86_64               88.4 KiB  1065 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-click-8.1.3-1-any                  154.8 KiB   553 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-greenlet-1.1.2-3-x86_64             86.2 KiB   958 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-stem-1.8.0-5-any                   556.1 KiB   681 KiB/s 00:01 [########################################] 100%
 python-eventlet-0.33.0-2-any              382.4 KiB   453 KiB/s 00:01 [########################################] 100%
 pyside2-5.15.5-1-x86_64                     9.4 MiB  10.5 MiB/s 00:01 [########################################] 100%
 libev-4.33-1-x86_64                       120.6 KiB   335 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-websocket-client-1.3.3-1-any        75.2 KiB   592 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-engineio-4.3.2-1-any                92.0 KiB   238 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-flask-socketio-5.1.1-1-any          39.5 KiB   627 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-socketio-5.6.0-1-any                82.0 KiB   226 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-ujson-5.3.0-1-x86_64                40.8 KiB   157 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-qrcode-7.3.1-1-any                  71.2 KiB   174 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-zope-event-4.5.0-6-any               8.4 KiB   125 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-monotonic-1.6-3-any                  7.2 KiB   144 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-pysocks-1.7.1-7-any                 27.0 KiB   100 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-bidict-0.22.0-1-any                 46.1 KiB   126 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-itsdangerous-2.1.2-2-any            24.9 KiB   107 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-gevent-websocket-0.10.1-8-any       39.6 KiB  91.5 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 python-flask-httpauth-4.4.0-3-any          12.4 KiB  28.4 KiB/s 00:00 [########################################] 100%
 Total (32/32)                              20.4 MiB  11.4 MiB/s 00:02 [########################################] 100%
(32/32) checking keys in keyring                                       [########################################] 100%
(32/32) checking package integrity                                     [########################################] 100%
(32/32) loading package files                                          [########################################] 100%
(32/32) checking for file conflicts                                    [########################################] 100%
:: Processing package changes...
( 1/32) installing tor                                                 [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for tor
    torsocks: for torify
( 2/32) installing python-cryptography                                 [########################################] 100%
( 3/32) installing python-pynacl                                       [########################################] 100%
( 4/32) installing python-stem                                         [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for python-stem
    tor: tor-server to talk to [installed]
( 5/32) installing python-pysocks                                      [########################################] 100%
( 6/32) installing python-werkzeug                                     [########################################] 100%
( 7/32) installing python-itsdangerous                                 [########################################] 100%
( 8/32) installing python-click                                        [########################################] 100%
( 9/32) installing python-flask                                        [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for python-flask
    python-asgiref: async functions and views
    python-dotenv: loading env vars from files
(10/32) installing python-flask-httpauth                               [########################################] 100%
(11/32) installing python-greenlet                                     [########################################] 100%
(12/32) installing python-monotonic                                    [########################################] 100%
(13/32) installing python-eventlet                                     [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for python-eventlet
    python-psycopg2: non-blocking PostgreSQL support
    python-pyopenssl: non-blocking SSL support
    python-httplib2: non-blocking HTTP support
    python-pyzmq: non-blocking ZeroMQ support
    python-dnspython: non-blocking DNS support [installed]
(14/32) installing python-websocket-client                             [########################################] 100%
(15/32) installing python-websockets                                   [########################################] 100%
(16/32) installing python-engineio                                     [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for python-engineio
    python-eventlet: eventlet driver [installed]
    python-aiohttp: aiohttp driver
    python-tornado: tornado driver
    python-gevent: gevent driver [pending]
    python-gevent-websocket: gevent driver [pending]
(17/32) installing python-bidict                                       [########################################] 100%
(18/32) installing python-socketio                                     [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for python-socketio
    python-tornado: tornado asyncio webserver
(19/32) installing python-flask-socketio                               [########################################] 100%
(20/32) installing libev                                               [########################################] 100%
(21/32) installing python-zope-event                                   [########################################] 100%
(22/32) installing python-zope-interface                               [########################################] 100%
(23/32) installing python-gevent                                       [########################################] 100%
(24/32) installing gunicorn                                            [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for gunicorn
    python-eventlet: For asynchronous request handling with eventlet. [installed]
    python-gevent: For asynchronous request handling with gevent. [installed]
    python-tornado: For asynchronous request handling with tornado.
    python-setproctitle: For process renaming.
(25/32) installing python-ujson                                        [########################################] 100%
(26/32) installing python-gevent-websocket                             [########################################] 100%
(27/32) installing python-pycryptodome                                 [########################################] 100%
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(29/32) installing python-unidecode                                    [########################################] 100%
(30/32) installing python-shiboken2                                    [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for python-shiboken2
    qt5-svg: QtSvg bindings [installed]
    qt5-script: QtScript bindings
    qt5-speech: QtTextToSpeech bindings
    qt5-websockets: QtWebSockets bindings
    qt5-webengine: QtWebEngine bindings [installed]
    qt5-datavis3d: QtDataVisualization bindings
    qt5-scxml: QtScxml bindings
    qt5-sensors: QtSensors bindings
    qt5-3d: Qt3D bindings
    qt5-x11extras: QtX11Extras bindings
    qt5-charts: QtCharts bindings
    qt5-tools: QtHelp bindings
    qt5-remoteobjects: QtRemoteObjects bindings
    qt5-serialport: QtSerialPort bindings
    qt5-quickcontrols2: QtQuickControls2 bindings
(31/32) installing pyside2                                             [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for pyside2
    qt5-svg: QtSvg bindings [installed]
    qt5-script: QtScript bindings
    qt5-speech: QtTextToSpeech bindings
    qt5-websockets: QtWebSockets bindings
    qt5-webengine: QtWebEngine bindings [installed]
    qt5-datavis3d: QtDataVisualization bindings
    qt5-scxml: QtScxml bindings
    qt5-sensors: QtSensors bindings
    qt5-3d: Qt3D bindings
    qt5-x11extras: QtX11Extras bindings
    qt5-charts: QtCharts bindings
    qt5-tools: QtHelp bindings
    qt5-remoteobjects: QtRemoteObjects bindings
    qt5-serialport: QtSerialPort bindings
    qt5-quickcontrols2: QtQuickControls2 bindings
(32/32) installing onionshare                                          [########################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for onionshare
    python-nautilus: enable Nautilus right-click extension
:: Running post-transaction hooks...
(1/6) Creating system user accounts...
Creating group 'tor' with GID 43.
Creating user 'tor' (n/a) with UID 43 and GID 43.
(2/6) Reloading system manager configuration...
(3/6) Creating temporary files...
(4/6) Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate...
(5/6) Updating icon theme caches...
(6/6) Updating the desktop file MIME type cache...
[derek@legion5 ~]$ 

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Tor also exists in the community repo. You can also use tor-browser, if that’s installed. I would not recommend installing software outside of pacman/yay.

this is the error that comes up when trying to start sharing after installing using pacman, same as after installing using yay as well

Sorry this version of Tor, doesn't support stealth (client authentication) Please try with a newer version of Tor, or use 'public' mode if it does not need to be private

you can start sharing?
I can install it to like normal just like your output, but after I start onionshare and go to share, add a file and then click start sharing, I get this error

Sorry this version of Tor, doesn't support stealth (client authentication) Please try with a newer version of Tor, or use 'public' mode if it does not need to be private 

We have successfully installed onionshare without snap or flatpak!

That looks like a Tor issue. Is Tor marked out of date. It suggests you may need a newer version of Tor. . .

Does it work with “public” mode as it suggests?

Otherwise I have no idea. BUT we did fix the issue you were previously having which is good.

@av8r

This is a known issue to the developer.
Looks like you would need to install an additional package to get it to work:

yay -S python-cepa

Please read:

If you want to install the AUR version - it looks like the ssl security needs to be updated on their website - If I were to guess, once they fix that then you’ll be able to build from AUR again. For now though, you’re right, doesn’t look like there’s much you can do until they fix their site as part of the build pulls the .tar.xz file from their site which is down currently.

You could always try the flatpak version. That’s my next level of install after repos and AUR. I know it’s not ideal, but it might get you up and going.

If I had to use a snap. . . I would have to really decide if the bit of software is actually that valuable to me. . .

There has been a couple of topics on onion share - try searching the forum (or was that the Manjaro forum).

The version from the repo seems to work well - I sse it has gotten the same functionailty as the flatpak version.

I use the gnome-boxes flatpak for instance. Sometimes things work better there, and it’s easier to containerizde them. I’ve had not so great luck with the one from the repos.

Is that due the lack of stealth mode?

I wouldn’t have a clue. I’m lazy and just like things that work.

Just fiddled a little - now I remember.

The repo version doesn’t support the private sharing/chatting using a password called stealth mode.

The flatpak version supports this.

The flatpak version is fairly easy to install and use - of course you need to have flatpak installed as well

sudo pacman -Syu flatpak

Then

flatpak install org.oniionshare

Then run it

flatpak run org.onionshare

But as the question was - without flatpak or snap - this is a bit more complicated - just tested and my old recipe for this is now dysfunctional

yay -S python-cepa

this would not install correctly. got an error message so I could not get it to work.

I might have to go with flatpak because I really dislike snapd but then again I don’t like flatpak either.
If only onionshare could make a appimage that would be better

These are the correct commands for 2 and 3:

flatpak install flathub org.onionshare.OnionShare
flatpak run org.onionshare.OnionShare