How to get Path on the BlackBerry PlayBook

Path for BlackBerry PlayBook
By Adam Zeis on 12 Mar 2012 01:02 pm EDT

Download and Install Path on your BlackBerry PlayBook

Path, a foursquare slash Facebook combination, has previously been available on both iOS and Android. While we're not sure if it will ever make its way to BlackBerry phones, you can get it up and runnng right now on your BlackBerry PlayBook. Path is a social network that lets you share with friends and family by entering your thoughts, what you're listening to, photos and much more. It's free to use and you can sign up for a new account from within the app. Keep reading and we'll show you how to get Path on your BlackBerry PlayBook in just a few simple steps!

Path for the BlackBerry PlayBook

First, grab the Path BAR file here: Path for BlackBerry PlayBook

Loading from a Windows PC

  1. Download and install the Java Runtime Environment suited for your PC
  2. Download and install the DDPB installer - Link
  3. Download any .BAR / .ZIP files already converted - Link
  4. On your PlayBook, turn on Develpment Mode from Settings > Security (remember your password!)
  5. Connect your BlackBerry PlayBook to your PC
  6. Open DDPB Installer that you just downloaded
  7. Enter your the IP address of your PlayBook (found by tapping the Development Mode icon in your status bar) or click "Scan". Enter the password you chose, then click "Connect".
  8. Click the "Add" button and browse for the BAR file you want to install. You can find a list of available BAR files here.
  9. Click "Install".
  10. When the process is complete the application will be installed on your PlayBook.

View the full Windows PC tutorial

Loading from a Mac

  1. Make sure you Mac OS is up to date and then download the Playbook_Tools here.
  2. Unzip the files into your /user/ directory (The directory typically shows as your username - mine is "/adamzeis/". You can put them wherever you want, it's just easier this way).
  3. Move the files from the Playbook_Tools\lib\ folder to the Playbook_Tools directory.
  4. Put your BlackBerry PlayBook into Development Mode by going to Settings > Security Settings and note the IP address of your PlayBook. You'll also be required to enter a password here if you don't have one already. Don't forget your password!!
  5. Find the .bar file for the app you want to install (check our growing list in the forums). After downloading, move the .bar file into the Playbook_Tools directory
  6. Open the Terminal application on your Mac (found under Applications > Utilities > Terminal). Your Terminal screen will show something along the lines of: new-host-2:~ adamzeis$
  7. Type cd playbook_tools and press Enter. Terminal should now read something like: new-host-2:playbook_tools adamzeis$
  8. Type the following into Terminal: java -Xmx512M -jar BarDeploy.jar -installApp -device PLAYBOOK_IP -password PB_PASSWORD Be sure to add in your PlayBook IP address, password and the name of the .bar file.
  9. Terminal will do it's magic and when it's done, your app will be ready to roll on your PlayBook

View the full Mac tutorial

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Reader comments

How to get Path on the BlackBerry PlayBook


Hopefully every time. Since some people don't feel the need to sideload every app that they can and may eventually come across one they do. It's a copy and paste affair for the most part to put it in the post so I'm glad they are doing it.

I've sideloaded this app twice. It worked long enough to register for an account. Ever since, it will not connect to the Path server. It appears to be a dud! Too bad; so much promise!

I'm interested to know if someone actually gets this app to work as well. I've loaded it several times without getting past where it tries to load the timeliness then fails.

Is it the version Adam or something else?

I've just loaded it and its working fine, only that the gallery tends to crush when am adding a picture from the gallery and am not seeing my posts on twitter, facebook seems fine! Love the UI as well!

Edit: Foursquare won't work as well, how can I enable location services on the Android App Player?

so now that it's loaded, how do i get it to integrate into my native contact list like the other social apps? :P

I never had much luck with Path on the PlayBook. It wold re-post my last update every time I booted up, and after awhile, it would stop being able to refresh the friend stream.