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Unofficial Google Chat App

Unofficial Google Chat App

Unofficial desktop app for Google Chat.

Google Chat Desktop App

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An unofficial desktop app for Google Chat built with Electron

Motivation

  • Google has shutdown the official Google Chat Desktop App in March 2021
  • Google is forcing users to use PWA which has fewer features
  • I am a Firefox user and don't want to install Chrome; just to use a PWA. 😉

Installation (Linux)

  • Install via snap (recommended)
sudo snap install google-chat-electron

# grant permissions
sudo snap connect google-chat-electron:removable-media :removable-media
sudo snap connect google-chat-electron:home :home
  • Alternatively you can download the latest debian installer from releases section
  • Install the debian package with this command: (correct the file path yourself)
sudo apt install ~/path/to/google-chat-electron-xxx-amd64.deb
  • ⚠️ Debian package does not have automatic background updates

Uninstall (Linux)

  • Logout from app
  • Quit from app
  • Remove the app with this command if installed via snap
sudo snap remove google-chat-electron

or if installed via debian package

sudo apt-get remove --purge google-chat-electron
  • The uninstallation script should remove all relevant files and folders.

Installation (Mac)

  • Download the zip (darwin) file from releases
  • Extract the zip file
  • Move the app to your ~/Applications folder
  • Fix the permission issue with this command
sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine ~/Applications/google-chat-electron.app
  • Above command should fix the Mac-OS Gatekeeper issue

Uninstall (Mac)

  • Logout from app
  • Quit from app
  • Move the app to trash

Supported Platforms

The app should work on most linux distros, but due to lack of time; we test on most popular only.

OS Version Tested
Ubuntu GNOME 20.x ✔️
Linux Mint Cinnamon 20.x ✔️
MacOS 10.15

Acknowledgements

Disclaimer

This desktop app is just a wrapper which starts a chromium instance locally and runs the actual web-app in it. All rights to the Google Chat product is reserved by Google Inc. This desktop client has no way to access none of your data.

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License

MIT License

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Screenshot

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Key Action
/ Focus the search bar
Esc Focus the search bar and cleans it
Select the next search result
Select the previous search result
Enter Open the selected search result
cmdEnter Ctrl+Enter Open the selected search result in a new tab