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How to: Getting more apps to your N900 – Adding application catalogues to app manager.

[Update: Be warned, some apps from this catalogue may harm your N900]

As a N900 user, you might be aware that although Ovi isn’t yet officially ready for the N900, you can still get buckets of apps via the app manager.

[App Manager>Download>Refresh]

With the app manager you can download lists of applications from predefined “Application Catalogues”. (If you haven’t already, make sure all preloaded catalogues aren’t set to “disabled”.)

If you’re new to the platform, you might not know that you can add application catalogues to the N900. A great one to try is

Maemo.org extras testing“.

To create a new catalogue go to:

  1. App Manager
  2. Hit settings, i.e. the bar that says “Application manager”
  3. Click “Application catalogues”
  4. Click “New”
  5. Enter in details as shown in screenshots below.

You’ll get access to a bunch more apps than what’s available by standard ( – I think I must have tried out at least 20 in an hour),  and I think this catalogue gets updated more frequently.


For PR1.2 firmware:

Application manager --> Application catalogs --> New
Catalog name: maemo.org
Web address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras/
Distribution: fremantle-1.2
Components: free non-free

BEFORE PR1.2 firmware

Application manager --> Application catalogs --> New
Catalog name: maemo.org
Web address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras/
Distribution: fremantle
Components: free non-free

[There’s also “Red Pill” mode for some more settings and packages, but if what’s said above is new to you, you most definitely will not need to check that out. It isn’t even intended for majority of developers or power users.]

  1. mike
    December 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    what is the maemo.org extra testing website? can you please pst the full site. on the pics above only show up to ”extr” what is the rest please?

  2. llaadd
    December 18, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    that just instantly added 5 updates for apps i have as well as 2 I did earlier today!!!

    nice 1 m8

  3. llaadd
    December 18, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I can’t believe someone made an app to see how high you can throw your N900!!!!! don’t believe me…check out n900fly on this new app catalogue

  4. Matt Walsh
    December 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm


    My N900 is ‘searching for updates’ and it has been like this for about 20 minutes now. Do you happen to know how long the updates can take?

    • December 22, 2009 at 5:41 pm

      Hi Matt,

      It doesn’t take long usually. Under a minute – 20 seconds mostly.
      Just checked now and it does seem to be slow – though where I am it’s only a 2G signal.

  5. Matt Walsh
    December 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    HI jay,

    Thanks for the info matey.

    I have just checked my phone and its back at the application manager page, where can I find the new updates if there are any?


  6. Raj
    January 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Awesome, thanks for the Quick Tip, I got lot of updates for my apps and also saw new apps, please post links to more websites that have apps for N900, sucks that OVI does not exist for N900

  7. Rob
    January 11, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Nice one, some decent stuff there and got faster access to updates on decoders which is nice.

    BRW, I notice you have the mozilla catalogue there. Hunted around but cannot find the details to enter to get that.

  8. Michael
    February 11, 2010 at 9:25 am

    To Rob
    If you go to the mozilla website, i fink its mozilla.org/m but not honestly sure, on your n900 then you will be able to download the Mozilla Catalogue from there.

    Hope this helps.

    • Rob
      February 11, 2010 at 10:35 am

      Yeah, sorry, had forgotten that I posted that last month. Found it a while back but cheers. I’m sure the info will be handy for others.

  9. Topcat
    March 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I added the maemo catalogues to my N900 a while ago…..now the standard Ovi / Nokia ones are blocked. Anyone got the full catalogue details for these so I can check mine are correct…? Ta

  10. TiagoTiago
    August 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

    What is the difference between using just fremantle and using fremantle-1.2 for the distribution? I mean, i know one is for pre 1.2 and one is for 1.2, but what changes?

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