I have been looking for one for a long time now, but I haven't found even one working port of Whatsapp web for ubuntu.

There was one called whatsie if I remember correctly, but now it doesn't work anymore because the version of chrome is old, or something like that.

Thanks in advance! :)

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    In short, no, and WhatsApp actively shut out third party clients. You can use WhatsApp Web but you must have the official client installed and running on an Android/iOS phone to allow access from web. – dobey Jan 28 '19 at 21:22

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You can also just create a Chrome launcher for Whatsapp Web like this:

  1. Use Chrome browser to go to https://web.whatsapp.com and follow the instructions to connect your phone.

  2. Go to Chrome settings ⇒ More tools ⇒ Create shortcut. Check "Open as window" and press "Create". This will create a desktop launcher to Whatsapp web that opens in its own window. Allow desktop notifications (if needed).

And that's it! I assume this workaround works for Chromium as well, but haven't tried it yet.

PS.This method works also for Google Calendar, Google Keep and such tools for which there is no (official) linux client available.


I don't use any Whatsapp client on Ubuntu, but from my computer I use Whatsapp web:


You'll have to keep your phone connected, but Windows and Mac clients have the same constraint. And it's an official Whatsapp web site meaning as trustable as Whatsapp phone app. There are plenty of Firefox extensions that work with it.

There is also whatsdesk, an unofficial client for Ubuntu. It appears in KDE Discover results when "Whatsapp" is searched, so you can probably have a look into your software center to. You can also install it with:

sudo snap install whatsdesk

But I have never tested it and it's unofficial, so I would look for users feedback first...

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    It seems to work perfect for me! Huge thanks :D – Argaman Jan 30 '19 at 7:54
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    The problem with the web version is that you can't do video/audio calls. – becko Oct 31 '19 at 23:18
  • @becko yes it's true. Please note that official Whatsapp desktop client does not offer this possibility neither. – FloT Nov 2 '19 at 17:11

Following this article, I tried up Rambox on my Mint installation. Works perfectly with Whatsapp so far. It has a free edition (like Franz) but doesn't have the annoying ads that block the app for 10 seconds every few hours.

  • I've just found Rambox is occupying about 900 MB in my home directory. It's very disappointing. I'll try another app for using WhatsApp – densz Jul 30 '20 at 19:40
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    For those who might care, on my computer, it's 15,077 items, totalling 984.9 MB. Don't see why this is a problem though unless one is on a very small disk. Files are in ~/.config/Rambox. – CoderGuy123 Jul 31 '20 at 20:08

On my Ubuntu 16.04.5LTS system, apt-cache search shows me:

$ apt-cache search whatsapp
iwatch - realtime filesystem monitoring program using inotify
python-yowsup - library to implement a WhatsApp client
yowsup-cli - command line tool that acts as WhatsApp client

Have you tried yowsup-cli?

  • I preferred something with a proper gui, but from what I have seen, it does act like a whatsapp client. So thanks! :D – Argaman Jan 30 '19 at 7:49

I use a chrome app called WhatsChrome. it is very good. Give it a try. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/whatschrome/bgkodfmeijboinjdegggmkbkjfiagaan

  • Used it by this recommendation - Perfect! Suggestion: it has an annoying "WhatsChrome is Ready Message" that it shows before the actual Whatsapp message alert. Can be removed using Gnome Extension: extensions.gnome.org/extension/1007/… – Chicko Feb 3 '20 at 13:36
  • @Chicko, actually Opera browser can also be of great help. It has an inbuilt app window for WhatsApp at the top left of the browser itself. – ThunderBird Mar 20 '20 at 10:52

There's an alternative which could be very helpful too.

Franz: You can get it from https://meetfranz.com/. It will also help you with more than just having WhatsApp on your Ubuntu, in fact, it is a messaging app that combines chat & messaging services into one application.

Hope it is of help to you.


I actually use Fedora, so the .desktop and other file paths may probably be different in Ubuntu.

OBS: This is similar to other answers, but it differs because by following the instructions below you will you have an app-like experience instead of a regular chrome window.

Anyway, the idea is essentially the same: You can create a file named chome-whataspp.desktop on your .local/share/applications/ directory that launches chrome in the app mode (a separate window, with no tabs and that act as a desktop app. Even the tray icon will show as the whatsapp logo istead of chrome's icon).

OBS: You'll need to download a png Whatsapp logo (not for the tray, which is loaded from the web page, but for the launcher). This is easy to find one with a transparent background in google images.

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome -app="https://web.whatsapp.com/"
Icon=<path to a png logo file, (e.g. /home/<user>/Icons/WhatsApp.png)>
Icon[C]=<path to a png logo file, (e.g. /home/<user>/Icons/WhatsApp.png)>
Name[C]=WhatsApp (Chrome)
Name=WhatsApp (Chrome)
Comment[C]=WhatsApp (chrome in app mode)
Comment=Direct link to WhatsApp web in chrome app mode

Yes, there is! Look here: https://community.linuxmint.com/software/view/whatsapp-desktop

This is a debian package dedicated for Linux Mint but it works perfectly on Ubuntu (I am normally using Linux Mint on my PC but I have recently installed Ubuntu on my laptop and I just installed it also there - no difference;)

If you have problem with that link on Ubuntu, use this one: https://mint.pkgs.org/19.3/mint-import-amd64/whatsapp-desktop_0.6.1_amd64.deb.html (Download section, there is a direct link to a binary package).


WALC is quite good, it has tray icon, and desktop notifications: https://github.com/cstayyab/WALC

Alternatively you can try Qtwaw, which is Qt based based wrapper. But you would have to build it manually and I also could not get the tray icon and notifications to work: https://gitlab.com/scarpetta/qtwaw


There are lots of recommendations in this thread for desktop wrappers around WhatsApp Web. This is not the same as WhatsApp Desktop, which has additional features like video calling.

Anyone making recommendations along these lines should specify what they are referring to.


Not specifically, but this one will fulfil your needs.

For those who do not want to open WhatsApp as a tab on their browsers, can open WhatsApp in its own window on Linux and this works in most distributions. It will even come in the alt+tab menu.

  1. You need the Microsoft Edge browser. It is available at the time of writing as an install through Microsoft's websites.
  2. Go to web.whatsapp.com and sign in with your QR Code.
  3. Click the three dots > Apps > Install this site as an app > Name your app and confirm icon
  4. Close MS Edge and restart it. You should already be able to find it in your app menu

I am not sure if this works in other chromium browsers, I could not find the Apps menu in Chrome and Chromium, it just creates a shortcut and nothing else.


  • It is really shameful for a company like WhatsApp that despite their app being developed in the cross platform Electron, it does not support linux. It is just a matter of publishing it, the hybrid code would be same! WhatsApp doesn't support Windows 7 too, while a number of Electron based apps do. For example, Telegram Desktop too is built on the same Electron framework and runs very well on Ubuntu. Only WhatsApp knows what's the problem in packaging an official Ubuntu client for WhatsApp – Vivaan Mathur Dec 28 '20 at 9:42

I use WazzApp.

It runs as a standalone app and it's basically the same as the web app with some tweaks to increase functionality.



Probably right now you have seen a lot of answers to your questions. But I would recommend you to only use official website (https://web.whatsapp.com/) for this purpose as it's official and has minimal risks. Although many plugins/client can give you the desired results but they're not official and are 3rd party softwares which can't be trusted. They can easily spy on you.

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    Nothing new about this answer... – Artur Meinild Mar 16 at 8:25

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