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0000167BirdFont[All Projects] BirdFontpublic2019-09-10 13:29
ReporterClaudioRomeoAssigned To 
Status newResolutionopen 
PlatformPCOSUbuntu LinuxOS Version19.04
Product Version 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0000167: GUI elements can not be viewed
DescriptionOn Ubuntu 19.04, menus and other elements of the GUI are invisible for the user. No way to set Ubuntu for seeing BirdFont correctly.
Steps To ReproduceStart BirdFont on Ubuntu 19.04



2019-09-08 12:25

administrator   ~0000673

Hi. Are you using the flatpak?


2019-09-08 15:09

reporter   ~0000674

I don't think so. In Ubuntu, flatpacks are called snaps, but in the snap folder there are nothing about birdfont.
On the contrary, I remember to have installed birdfont using the package manager synaptic.
Forgive my bad English and my insecure answer (I'm not a developer).


2019-09-08 15:40

administrator   ~0000675

Hi. You can run both flatpak and snaps on Ubuntu, Birdfont has a flatpak but no snap. I will try to reproduce this problem.


2019-09-08 20:32

administrator   ~0000676

Last edited: 2019-09-08 20:43

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Please try the Flatpack package and let me know if it works for you. Instructions on how to use it is available at the download page.


2019-09-09 16:38

reporter   ~0000677

OK, Johan.
I will do that on next wed. Too busy now.
Thank you for your support.


2019-09-10 09:17

reporter   ~0000678

Tested. The flatpak version works fine.

Users could avoid some troubles during the installation process of the flatpak version if more detailed instructions were provided.
1. The user has to be in the sudoers list and the sudo command must be used.
2. The downloaded flatpak has to be saved into the home folder of the user
So, in my opinion, this is the list of command to install Birdfont, flatpak version:
1. sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
2. sudo flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Platform/x86_64/3.32
3. download birdfont-3.30.0-free.flatpak ( and save it in the user's home
4. flatpak install birdfont-3.30.0-free.flatpak
BirdFont can be launched by the Applications applet. Obviously, this is for Ubuntu users.

I hope this can be useful for you and for your users. If not, I'm sorry for the time you've wasted with me.
One last note: the official name is Birdfont or BirdFont. Both are used...


2019-09-10 12:21

administrator   ~0000679

Thank you for the instructions. Should I put them on the download page?


2019-09-10 13:09

reporter   ~0000682



2019-09-10 13:29

administrator   ~0000683

I have update the info to the download page. Thank you for bringing my attention to this. The correct capitalization is probably Birdfont but I will keep the other name in the source code as it is right now in order to not break anything.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2019-09-08 10:21 ClaudioRomeo New Issue
2019-09-08 10:21 ClaudioRomeo Tag Attached: View
2019-09-08 12:25 johan Note Added: 0000673
2019-09-08 15:09 ClaudioRomeo Note Added: 0000674
2019-09-08 15:40 johan Note Added: 0000675
2019-09-08 20:32 johan Note Added: 0000676
2019-09-08 20:43 johan Note Edited: 0000676 View Revisions
2019-09-09 16:38 ClaudioRomeo Note Added: 0000677
2019-09-10 09:17 ClaudioRomeo Note Added: 0000678
2019-09-10 12:21 johan Note Added: 0000679
2019-09-10 13:09 ClaudioRomeo Note Added: 0000682
2019-09-10 13:29 johan Note Added: 0000683