Sync your fitbit one/force/flex/zip from Ubuntu with galileo

Thanks to Benoit Allard, there is now a way to sync the newer fitbit devices from within Ubuntu!  I’ve packaged it up and put it in my PPA, so now it’s easier than ever to sync your Fitbit.  To install (make sure the USB dongle is plugged in):


The sync should now happen in the background, and will sync automatically every 15 minutes.

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  1. Garrett Nay April 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Thank you for this! I had no idea that people were still working on Fitbit sync for Linux.

  2. Adrian May 5, 2014 at 4:04 am #

    Finally I found this solution. I am new in linux and this solution make me can breath now. :)

  3. felipe June 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Will I be able to make it work with Galileo and only Galileo?
    I don’t have a windows/linux box available or a compatible phone.

    I have Galileo running (thanks), but it reports:
    Skipped because recently synchronised
    Or if I run it with the –force:
    Synchronisation failed: no tracker

  4. felipe June 17, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    Hi again,
    Benoît Allard has confirmed I need to sync first using the win/mac client, or wait for Galileo v0.5 as it should be able to also take care of the pairing.

  5. Alan Jackson June 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Works beautifully!

    Alan Jackson

  6. bodo July 13, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    sudo apt-get install galileo
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package galileo

    any idea what the problem is?? Sure would like to get this working.

  7. cwayne July 14, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    bodo what version of Ubuntu are you running?

  8. chris zombie July 27, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    Having the same problem as bodo.
    i’m running 12.04 LTS

  9. chris July 28, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    having the same problem as bodo.
    I’m running 12.04 LTS


  10. xxx July 29, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    I have the same problem as bodo, running 12.04

  11. thoms July 31, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Hi cwayne

    Thanks for your solution, but I get the same problem as bodo. Running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

  12. pete-r August 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Hi, I see bodo didn’t reply, however I’m getting the same issue… running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit on a mac book air

  13. Andrea August 5, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    The original website doesn’t say anything about how to setup the dongle/device the first time. Does galileo assume that you have already paired the device/dongle using the Mac/Win client? I’m using the 0.5dev version, but still it doesn’t offer first time setup.

  14. Nick August 19, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    I am having the same problem as bodo. I’m running:

    > lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS
    Release: 12.04
    Codename: precise

    Any ideas? galileo doesn’t seem to be listed in the ppa…

  15. Cary August 31, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    I get the same ‘Unable to locate package galileo’ message. I am running ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy).

  16. aaron September 15, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    Same error as bodo.
    Running ubuntu 11.10 on an ancient HP tc1100 (only used as a music server at this point).
    I am not sure if it will run anything more recent.

  17. Aaron Klenke September 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    I am seeign the same thing as bodo.
    Running Ubuntu 11.10 on an old Compaq tc1100

  18. sublimese September 29, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    I have the same issue.
    E: unable to locate package galileo

    Ubuntu version is 12.04

    Cannot update to newer version of ubuntu (its running xbmc on a appletv1)

  19. amc October 6, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    So glad to find this option, but I’m having some troubles.

    So, I have an all Windows XP machine that I used to set up my Fitbit Flex. Got that all started, no problem. Then I went to install galileo so I could sync through the laptop I normally use.

    I added the repository, updated, but I got the “Unable to locate package galileo” error. I was able to install the app using pip install, and manually adding some of the dependencies.

    So, got all that sorted out and synced my Flex through galileo. Hurray! Unfortunately, the only way I can sync it is manually. If I’m reading correctly, it should be syncing every 15 minutes automatically (assuming the Fitbit is within range of the dongle).

    Can you help me figure out how to get it running automatically? That would be awesome.

    By the way, I’m running a fairly clean install of Ubuntu 12.04 on a Lenovo laptop. I have galileo 0.4.1 installed.

  20. William Holmes October 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Same result as bobo:
    sudo apt-get install galileo
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package galileo

    Linux Mint 13 LTS (based on Precise)

    I, too, would like to get this working.


  21. Paul October 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Love this addition to the Ubuntu universe. one more step to a windows free environment. Two quick questions, 1. does it support two fitbit’s? myself and my wife have just gotten one each and I was hoping to have them both sync from the same computer. 2. does it sync automatically for both? right now it is not syncing either automatically, it may have been something I did, I am not sure.

    Thank you for your excellent work on this issue.

  22. dbrackett November 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    I am running ubuntu 10.04 LTS

  23. dbrackett November 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    These are the problems that I ran into while trying to put it on my ubuntu 10.04

    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
    daniel@Brackett-Baladou:~$ sudo apt-get install galileo
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package galileo

  24. cwayne November 24, 2014 at 1:50 am #

    Sorry it’s taken me so long, I hadn’t been keeping up with comments here, but this should now be fixed

  25. Aaron November 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm #


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