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Please tell me how to install WhatsApp in Ubuntu?

I have heard of WINE. Can you guys please clarify ?


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See this link:… hope this might help you – blade19899 Oct 8 '13 at 11:39
WhatsApp is a little different since it requires a mobile number to run, so although it is related to this one but cannot be considered as a duplicate. As far as this question is concerned, that one is about installing on Ubuntu Touch whereas this one is about installing on Ubuntu (the desktop), so cannot be considered as dupes at this point of time (maybe later after the convergence story comes out to be true) – Aditya Jan 2 '14 at 14:08

Whatsapp needs of a phone number to function:

All WhatsApp accounts are tied to mobile phone numbers. Since it is common for phone numbers to be recycled by mobile providers, it is possible that the previous owner of your current phone number used WhatsApp.

What this means, that Whatsapp is tied to phones to work. If you don't use phones you don't get Whatsapp.

Hack your way:

There are efforts to make Whatsapp works with pidgin with the whatsapp-purple plugin.

You should have pidgin-plugin-compatible client to make it work:

Of course you must already have an account with your phone, so, no, you can't have a independent account for your PC (unless you connect a SIM-Card to your computer).

WhatsApp FAQ - Why is my phone number already in WhatsApp?

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@Brairam Where can I find plugins/ directory – shravan Dec 30 '13 at 16:41
I have opened .purple but I can't find plugins – Kitizl Mar 16 '14 at 17:07
@Kitizl because you have none installed... – Braiam Mar 16 '14 at 17:19
But I have installed the .so file! – Kitizl Mar 16 '14 at 17:27

Since January 2015, users can use WhatsApp on the PC (Including Linux) from within their Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari Browser. Simply:

  1. Install WhatsApp on your Smartphone.
  2. Open the website
  3. On your Phone, open WhatsApp and open the main WhatsApp Menu. You will see a new option called "WhatsApp Web", select this option.
  4. Use the "WhatsApp Web" option to scan the QR code in the website mentioned on Step 2
  5. The webpage will update itself and show you a WebApp of your WhatsApp which includes your contacts, chats and more.

This is nowhere near what Telegram can do and offer in terms of full Linux Support, compatibility with the Desktop. old phones and more.

If you however, do not want to have it working through a Web Browser, I have done the following and got WhatsApp working on Ubuntu (Desktop). Know that this is for advanced users that have a bit of knowledge about Android, SDKs, Ubuntu and anything else you need to do the steps I will mention here.

You will need to do the following:

  1. Download & Install the Android SDK from

  2. Configure & Start the SDK environment with any version of Android you want (I recommend latest 4.3 or 4.4).

  3. Install the Gapps to get the Google Play Services. After which open Google Play and search/download WhatsApp from there. Run Whatsapp and input the number you ACTUALLY have with you at the moment. A message will be sent to your phone (The one you have right now). Accept the message and from there on, you can use the Whatsapp emulated environment in your Ubuntu system with Whatsapp. This also works for Viber, Telegram and others (Did not make an actual call using viber, only texting and receiving audio/video).

For information regarding the Android SDK in Ubuntu please see the following links:

Complete Installation Guide for Android SDK / ADT Bundle on Ubuntu

This was done to test if this was possible and learn a couple of things I wanted from the Android SDK and yes it is possible but you need to actually own a smartphone with WhatsApp already installed and to have the phone physically with you while you do this.

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Steps for Whatsapp in Ubuntu 14.04:

Step1: Download Genymotion

Step2: Download VirtualBox

Step3: sudo dpkg -i virtualbox-4.3_4.3.12-93733~Ubuntu~raring_amd64.deb; sudo apt-get install -f

Step4: tar -xf genymotion-2.2.0_x64.bin; cd genytmotion; ./genymotion

Step5: Download image, run it and download WhatpsApp in the emulator

Step6: Register with your mobile number, you'll receive a code. Enter it after 5 minutes.

Working proof till step 5:

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