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GPT: v0.5 release


It has been a while since I have taken some care of my tool to manage my GoPro footage with but it has gotten some attention so I could not just abandon it without losing my face so here we are...


When I first noticed, without much surprise, that there is no official GoPro desktop client for Linux, I wrote a bash script to automatically rename the files. Second step was converting this into a python script with a simple text based menu. In a weak moment of delusions of grandeur I decided to dive into GUI programming and use this application as my personal guinea pig.


First things first: the result of my efforts can be downloaded from the Git repository:


If you have cloned the repo sometime in the past and haven't altered anything I recommend to delete and clone again because there may be conflicts caused by a force push because I cannot git.

We've come a long way, baby


First things first: we have an icon. This is my way of coping with pedantry and an attempt to keep up the illusion of competence. I found it at The Noun Project.


The application now runs as generic Gtk.Application which includes

  • starting/faving from the GNOME shell

  • identify/kill the process by name (no more random "Python" task)

  • commandline options are available

  • cleaner code, p.e. avoid starting the main loop manually

Application window

Since v0.3 there is a second main application window available with media data information and a preview widget realized with GStreamer.

These two windows are now merged into one providing a StackSwitcher to switch between these alternative views. This now is the default application window.

Not convinced to drop the "single view" windows I decided to keep them for now. You can launch the application using by executing the run script passing one of these options:

$ # compact/list view
$ python -c
$ python --alt-gui-compact
$ # preview window
$ python -e
$ python --alt-gui-ext

If you want to use the old commandline interface, you can do so by running

$ python --cli

Run the script with --help option to show all available options.

Fixed issues

  • importing from "other" places should do as planned now

  • the GStreamer preview now uses the gtksink playbin (this story may be told another time)

  • timelapse generation should not freeze the main loop

Burn the widge(t)

I replaced several widgets for modern looks and better desktop integration:
  • all dialogs are Gtk.MessageDialogs now

  • the dropdown menu is a Gtk.PopoverMenu instead of a Gtk.Menu

Logs and configuration

The output of logging and the configuration file have moved to ~/.config/gpt. You may have to set your working directory again if you have used GPT before.



That'll do on Archlinux and derivates:

$ sudo pacman -S python-gobject python-yaml python-setuptools python-lxml python-setproctitle mediainfo ffmpeg

And that on Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install python3-gi python3-setuptools python3-lxml gir1.2-gtk-3.0 gir1.2-gstreamer-1.0 gstreamer1.0-gtk3 mediainfo ffmpeg


The application can be installed by using setuptools. After downloading or cloning the repository run

$ python install --user  # or
$ sudo python install

Desktop file

Setuptools will also install a desktop file so you can launch GPT from the GNOME shell or menu. All alternative interface options are available via desktop action so you can start these on right click from the activities overview or dash if GPT is running or added as favourite.


Bits and pieces

  • code improvements (formatting, readability, PEP8 compliance, removal of deprecated code, file structure)

  • updated and detailed README

  • updated localization files

Consult the README for details.