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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 April 2016, users can use WhatsApp on the PC via an actual app called Whatsie. To download the latest version you can go to the following link and download the specific package format for your system:

Whatsie Download

Here are some screenshots and the support it offers includes dragging and dropping images and files to the conversation, changing the theme of the app and can even stay connected without having to start the application again with the QR Code check (Which is very annoying).

Here is with the default Theme enter image description here

This is the Orange Theme enter image description here

Here are some of the features it offers enter image description here

Dragging an image to the conversation enter image description here

Images upload correctly enter image description here

Note that Whatsie has the same limitations based on the actual limitations from WhatsApp, some of which are:

  • File Size Limits (Can not Upload 16+ MB Files)
  • File Format (Not all file formats are supported. This affects different type of video, images, sound and even document type files)

Also 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.

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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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