Welcome to glick, a runtime-less application bundle system for linux
NOTE: I've been working on a replacement for Glick, called Glick2.
Glick is an application that lets developers easily create application
bundles of their applications. An application bundle is a single file
that contains all the data and files needed to run an application, so
all the user has to do is start it. There is no need to install it,
and if you don't like it you can just remove that file and the whole
program will be gone.
There are some interesting aspecs of the glick implementation of
- There is no specific runtime that needs to be installed on the
target systems. As long as fuse is correctly installed an set up on
the system just should not need anything but the bundle.
- The application installed in the bundle doesn't have to be
relocatable. Glick uses a trick with the /proc/self magic link to
find its files via an absolute pathname (/proc/self/fd/1023). This
means that you don't have to modify applications to work with glick,
just build then with "configure --prefix /proc/self/fd/1023".
- You can embed icons and desktop files into the target program
file. These are stored as separate ELF sections and are very easy to
For more information on how to use glick, see the README file in the sources.
Major changes in 0.2 are:
- Fix a problem in the fuse filesystem that only allowed you to open
- Fix argument order in the README example
Releases of glick can be found here.
The code is also availible via git at:
Alexander Larsson, firstname.lastname@example.org