Are there are any non-web based apps for WhatsApp (think Skype) for Ubuntu?

I've read a bunch of things touching on this but all have ended up saying it was just a Trojan horse and pointed to the web app.

All the apps I found were a few years old, so I'm just checking whether there are any current ones.

  • I specifically put, not a webapp... that other question asks for a webapp. – abdnChap Feb 8 '19 at 15:12
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    This question needs to be directed to the Whatsapp developers. There is only a Whatsapp webclient. – mondjunge Feb 8 '19 at 15:30
  • I'm sorry about that - I had marked the question closed as duplicate, re-read, and removed my vote, but forgot to remove the comment. – Charles Green Feb 8 '19 at 15:34
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    Possible duplicate of Anbox snap installation fails – karel Feb 8 '19 at 23:12
  • Is this a solution for you? askubuntu.com/questions/684415/… – Urmelinho Mar 19 '19 at 8:37

There is an unofficial WhatsApp client for Linux in the Ubuntu Software app: whatsdesk.

unofficial WhatsApp client for Linux

WhatsDesk is a unofficial client of whatsapp

this project only insert a web whatsapp in a electron app and add desktop notification

It is available as snap package from the store (see above) and .deb package for download.

Sources and more information can be found on https://gitlab.com/zerkc/whatsdesk.


You can create your own whatsapp app:

  • Type terminal sudo -H gedit /usr/share/applications/whatsapp-webapp.desktop
  • Copy following text to opened screen
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=WhatsApp desktop webapp
#Exec=webapp-container --store-session-cookies --webappUrlPatterns=https?://*.whatsapp.com/* --user-agent-string='Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/41.0.2228.0 Safari/537.36' https://web.whatsapp.com %u
Exec=/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --app=https://web.whatsapp.com/
# If you want icon, type path of icon
# Icon=
  • Finally, keyboard shortcuts to open | create
bash -c "wmctrl -xa web.whatsapp.com || /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --app=https://web.whatsapp.com/"

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