How to Install Jolla’s Sailfish OS SDK in Ubuntu Linux

January 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

Install Sailfish OS SDK

This simple tutorial is going to show you how to install Jolla’s Sailfish OS SDK on Ubuntu and other Linux Distributions.

Jolla has announced a graphical installer for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. It’s easy to install it on Linux systems, all you need to do is download the installer and start it in terminal.

Common pre-requisites:

1. Make sure you have Oracle VirtualBox 4.1.18+ installed. Ubuntu 13.04 and higher can installed it from Ubuntu Software Center. For Ubuntu 12.04, please download the latest version from

2. About 5GB of free disk space is required.

3. 4GB of RAM or more is recommended.

Download & Install:

1. Download the SDK for Linux from Sailfish OS official site.

If you don’t know which OS type you’re on. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, and run command below:

getconf LONG_BIT

2. Once downloaded, you have to give executable permission to the .run file by:

chmod +x ~/Downloads/SailfishOSSDK-*

3. Start the installer by:


In step 2 & 3 you may change the installer name to yours.

4. Follow the install wizard.

Sailfish OS SDK install wizard

When done, you’re able to launch SailfishOS IDE from Menu or Dash:

Sailfish OS IDE

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