How to use WebIDE for sideload apps?
1) Dial the debug code
*#*#33284#*#* (on some devices is needed the additional code
*#*#0574#*#*) with your keypad. A bug icon should appear in the system taskbar above;
2) Connect the phone via ADB. If WebIDE does not see it, run the command
adb forward tcp:6000 localfilesystem:/data/local/debugger-socket;
NOTE: the step 2 is not needed with Kaiostr, the official KaiOS emulator of KaiosTech.
3) Set WebIDE to connect to "Remote Runtime" (usually at the localhost:6000 address);
4) Select the application's folder using "Open packaged app" of WebIDE;
5) Perform the installation by clicking the "Play" triangle above;
A working version of WebIDE
WebIDE in the past was a tool used for Firefox OS, so with the latest releases of the Firefox browser it lost many useful features for us to develop applications on KaiOS. Fortunately it is possible to install old versions of Firefox or Gecko-based browsers (first of all Palemoon) or addirittuara an official version made available on the KaiosTech website dedicated to developers.
Recently Kaiostech has made available to developers and enthusiasts on its official website a KaiOS emulator for linux, Kaiosrt, with which it is possible to interact with your device by simply connecting it to the PC with debugging enabled (so without having to use ADB on the step 2 of the previous guide).
Alternative WebIDE versions
The so-called "alternative" versions are actually original versions of WebIDE, born with the development of Firefox, and in several cases are more appreciated for compatibility issues with certain devices and support more platforms.
The best known of all is precisely the one present in Firefox, but to work with KaiOS and Firefox OS devices must be based on the Gecko engine, but even if the versions of Firefox from 57 to 59 were notoriously the first to be based on Quantum, they they kept the last traces of a glorious past.
Until some time ago there was Pale Moon browser to retain this feature, which was later removed in versions later than 28.6.1.
Mozilla Firefox 59 or earlier
Firefox 59 ESR was the last version available for the Boot To Gecko development, and the last one with a workable WebIDE for KaiOS devices (older versions also work well, especially Firefox 49 or Firefox 52.9 ESR).
If a newer version of Firefox is already installed on your PC, it will conflict with the previous version. Remove it completely or install a "portable" version.
You must made a backup of you /home/USER/.mozilla folder if you want to save your personal data and personalizations on the browser.
- If you are an Ubuntu user you can also add the PPA from launchpad in this way:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/firefox-esr-52
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox-esr
- Check here the portatile version for Microsoft Windows.
- You can download an old version from here for all the platforms. In the main folder of the application it is necessary to remove all the files with the word "updater" in the name, or simply work without Internet because Firefox will update automatically without asking.
Pale Moon 28.6.1 or earlier
Pale Moon is a fork of Firefox with substantial divergence. The main differences are theuser interface, add-on support, and running in single-process mode.
It retains the highly customizable user interface of the Firefox version 4–28 era.
It also continues to support some types of add-ons that are no longer supported by Firefox (including WebIDE until the v28.6.1, 2019-07-25).
Pale Moon is an Open Source, Goanna-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with other operating systems in development), focusing on efficiency and customization. Make sure to get the most out of your browser!