Running Raindrop on Ubuntu 9.10 using Desktop Couch

One cool chap has posted a guide for Ubuntu Jaunty users for setting up Mozilla’s new mail/social-media/collaborative messaging thing, Raindrop. Now, users of Ubuntu 9.10 (release candidate out today! final release out next week!) have it a lot easier; 9.10 comes with Desktop Couch, your own private CouchDB that you can play with. So it’d be great if Raindrop used that.


  1. sudo apt-get install python-twisted python-twitter python-feedparser
    (you may need packages other than this; I have so much Python dev stuff installed that I may have already had half the requirements)
  2. wget
  3. tar -zxvf paisley-0.1.tar.gz
  4. Follow to get the Raindrop source
  5. Apply the pretty small raindrop-desktopcouch.diff to patch Raindrop to use desktopcouch if you have it available
  6. Edit your ~/.raindrop file and then PYTHONPATH=paisley-0.1 ./ sync-messages --max-age=5days exactly as per
  7. To open your Desktop Couch for browsing, do xdg-open $HOME/.local/share/desktop-couch/couchdb.html (instead of the localhost:5984 link that the Raindrop install instructions recommend)

So now we can all have a play with Raindrop. It looks really cool. Nice one, Mozilla Messaging team.

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