Ubuntu One, CouchDB, Desktopcouch Scripts, Programs, and Snippets

This page is intended to help bring together the community around the growing integration of the 'cloud' into Ubuntu. I was finding that there were many people independently developing similar applications using CouchDB, dektopcouch, and Ubuntu One. It is my hope that this page will help these people find each other and be able to take advantage of each others progress, knowledge, and code. If you are working on a project no matter how big or small please add it to the list. If you have a good idea but no coding capability, write a blueprint and link the page here.

Applications with Ubuntu One Support

  • Ubuntu macaco contacts - Author: mandel

This project aims to provide a simple an extensible address book application that will use desktopcouch as its main data backend. the fact that macaco-contacts uses desktopcouch provides the following advantages:
* Allows sync of contacts with Ubuntu One * Allows sync of contacts with other application that use the same back-end.
On top of that the application will provide a number of extensibility points to be used by other developer to extend the application.

  • Ubuntu Stipple(Package/Config Sync) - Author: duanedesign

This application writes a list of installed applications to a CouchDB. It then syncs this DB using Ubuntu One. This application will also install the same programs on all synced computers using the DB. This application will also sync your .config files. It gives you the options to save dot files for vim, emacs, zsh, bash, ect.(EX. .vimrc, .emacs, .zshrc. Application is being made extensible to make adding new sync options (plug-ins) easy.

  • Ubuntu Jono Meter - Author: Matt Zimmerman

This fun app searches tweets for keywords saving them to a CouchDB. Saving them to Couch is convenient for experimenting with different patterns, and with larger data sets (say, thousands of tweets, or multiple people). Saving to Couch prevents all the data from having to be DL each time the app is ran. Each time the jonometer is run, it downloads all of the new tweets since the previous run.

  • Ubuntu Rhythmbox Podcast Sync Plugin - Author: Huntly Cameron

The goal for this project is to provide a simple plugin for rhythmbox that will hook up to your Ubuntu one account and sync your podcast feeds!

  • Ubuntu Shutter - Author: Mario Kemper

Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website - apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.

  • Ubuntu Ubuntu One PHP Client Library - Author: Matteo Pagliazzi

A PHP client library to interact with Ubuntu One APIs. This project is open source and hosted at Github so you can help the developent. There is also a wiki that you can find on the project page at github.

Ideas for Applications

There's a bunch of things we can do with the Ubuntu One APIs, and multiple platforms, have an idea for an application? Add it to the list? Application Developers, feel free to steal these ideas and make an application then just add the information to the previous section!




Streaming Plugin for Banshee


Stuck on a netbook with no space? Then just stream your music to yourself

Streaming Plugin for iTunes


Stream your music for when you're not on Ubuntu

Streaming Plugin for WMP


Stream your music for when you're not on Ubuntu

Contact Sync for Outlook


U1 Music for Windows Phone 7


Music Streaming for XBMC/Boxee


Stream your music from your media center

todo.txt frontend


Simple notetaking via todo.txt

Voice Memos


Add U1 support to an existing voice memo app so people can record memos right into the cloud



Add U1 support to SourceKit

Sync .bash_history across all PCs


Get same command history on all machines

FreedomBox db


Store all your social networking data (encrypted) on U1 until the FreedomBox wall wart is ready

Open files in online services


for example we can add Open in gDocs/Zoho for documents and so on

Remote access using a middleman


GotomyPC, TeamViewer type service. like VNC without port forwarding/network administration

Your Idea Here!


Rhythmbox References

There has been a lot of interest in using CouchDB and Ubuntu One with Rhythmbox.

UbuntuOne/ThirdPartyProjects (last edited 2011-08-22 10:18:01 by paglia)