How to install Trello on Ubuntu

Today I want to talk about Trello.

Trello is an app - available for mobile and desktop - that helps you organize your tasks on boards, each one containing tasks - called cards - divided as you think best suits you.

As an example, here is what this is how I organized Trello for the blog:

a view of my trello app

Personally, since I have switched to it I can say fare and square that my daily workflow improved more than I could hope.

I admit I was skeptic at first, but the thing is that there is so much excitement about it that an old-style, pen-and-paper person like me couldn’t do anything but trying it myself. The ideal was to install it on desktop and take advantage of the screen offered by an average-size laptop screen - 15.6 inches.

hype train

Boy I was going so fast on the hype train that I hit a wall as soon as I switched the engines on: Trello doesn’t offer support for Linux which means no desktop app for Ubuntu users as well.

Ouch.

End of the ride? No way! I rolled up my sleeves and searched on it. It wasn’t so long before I found that an awesome person, Daniel Chatfield - please check his GitHub profile - did something about this.

He created an unofficial desktop app for Linux, which means it works on Ubuntu.

The source code is stored on GitHub here along with a guide.

I had a bit of trouble installing it so I thought to share a guide including all the steps I went through to use Trello successfully.

There’s no risk for your computer by using this app, it’s well-supported by the community and it’s warming to see active contributions to it.

Step 1

First of all you need to download the client by choosing the first zip file - for Ubuntu - in this page

zip screenshot

Step 2

Unzip the folder in a directory of your choice

Step 3

Create a shortcut for the client by doing the following:

  • on command line, type: cd .local/share/
  • open the “applications” folder on your file manager with this command: nautilus applications
  • create a new file and name it trello.desktop
  • inside this new file, copy the following:
     [Desktop Entry]
     Name=Trello
     Exec=/full/path/to/folder/Trello
     Terminal=false
     Type=Application
     Icon=/full/path/to/folder/Trello/resources/app/static/Icon.png
    

Step 4

Run the client by doing the following:

  • navigate to the location where you unzipped the client
  • open the folder
  • from here, you should see the file to run it, it should be similar to this desktop shortcupt

Step 5

When it’s open, lock the client to the task bar named Launcher by doing the following: * with the mouse hover on Trello client’s icon * right click on it * click on “Lock to Launcher”

Step 6

Use Trello!


That’s it! Enjoy your newly added, awesome tool to organize your work, projects, everything you need to do to achieve your goals!

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