Desktop Flatpak Releases

Flatpak is a package format that targets to support every Linux distribution. We’ve made Firefox publicly available on https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.mozilla.firefox since Firefox 74.0.

Channels used

As of September, 2020 we build and publish two flatpaks: - mozilla-beta flatpak that is published to the Flathub beta channel. This does not have an UI and is used by ~1K users. It’s mainly for testing purposes - mozilla-release flatpak that is published to the Flathub stable channel. This is the main flatpak that users get.

The flatpak store (Flathub) comes with the concept of tracks (à la Google Play Store). Release promotion automatically uploads to these tracks:

Brand name

Track

Notes

Firefox

stable

Automatically shipped from mozilla-release

Firefox beta

beta

Automatically shipped from mozilla-beta

Firefox Developer Edition

N/A

Not supported yet

Firefox Nightly

N/A

Not supported yet

Firefox ESR

N/A

Not supported yet

Changes to Flatpak via web interface

As of September 2020, the Flatpak doesn’t have a formal UI to make changes to the flatpaks via authorized credentials. Most of the applications shipped to Flathub are done so as part of the Flathub’s CI on Github. Firefox is among the very few applications that are being shipped from our automation via Flathub’s API.

For any urgent changes, Flathub administrators have leverage and can be contacted to help. Details on how to contact them ca be found in the private repo within the flathub-store.txt file.

## Refresh Flathub credentials

In order to publish to both channels, we use the flatpak scriptworker. The procedure to push is the same for both channels, only the token value depends. When these tokens expiry, they need to be refreshed. Specific instructions on how to do that lie within the flathub-store.txt in the private repo.