I came across this fantastic post about running Scrivener on Ubuntu. There was a beta of a Linux release of the software a number of years ago, and according to the above post, it still works really well on Ubuntu 22.04, so I thought I'd give it a try, however, I wanted to run it in a Docker container (since it had a number of dependency packages I would be using nowhere else) and launch as a desktop app with
x11docker, for example, or [configuring the system display to launch application windows)(https://blog.jessfraz.com/post/docker-containers-on-the-desktop/).
I created two versions of the
Dockerfile, one that downloads the packages installed, or one that assumes I'm building the image locally, so I prepared a
pkgs directory to improve build time on subsequent runs:
mkdir pkgs cd pkgs wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/libp/libpng/libpng_1.2.54.orig.tar.xz wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/glibc/multiarch-support_2.19-18+deb8u10_amd64.deb wget http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gstreamer0.10/libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1.5ubuntu1_amd64.deb wget https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/ubuntu/pool/main/g/gst-plugins-base0.10/libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-1.1ubuntu2.1_amd64.deb wget http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivenerforlinux/scrivener-126.96.36.199-amd64.deb
and then in my project root that contains my packages directory, I have the following
FROM ubuntu:xenial MAINTAINER Joseph Marhee <email@example.com> RUN apt update RUN apt install -y \ libtool \ autoconf \ build-essential \ pkg-config \ automake \ tcsh \ zlib1g-dev \ libasound2 \ libcups2 \ libxrender1 \ libxext6 \ libxext-dev \ libfontconfig1 \ libfontconfig-dev COPY pkgs/* / RUN tar xvf /libpng_1.2.54.orig.tar.xz WORKDIR /libpng-1.2.54 RUN ./autogen.sh RUN ./configure RUN make -j8 RUN make install RUN ldconfig WORKDIR / #RUN apt install -y ./multiarch-support_2.19-18+deb8u10_amd64.deb RUN apt install -y ./libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1.5ubuntu1_amd64.deb RUN apt install -y ./libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-1.1ubuntu2.1_amd64.deb RUN apt install -y ./scrivener-188.8.131.52-amd64.deb ENTRYPOINT ["scrivener"] CMD 
In order to launch the app properly from the container into my display, I needed to use the
ubuntu:xenial base image, though I suspect this will work with
bionic as well, I ran into further dependency issues with
jammy that I did not experience installing directly onto the base system, but for my purposes this would suffice.
So, I proceed to build the image:
docker build -t jmarhee/scrivener:offline .
and then launch the application:
and you'll see the app launch on your desktop:
The Dockerfiles and dependencies can be found on Github: