Hey i have found a way to use Whatsapp on ubuntu using Pidgin! But i don't understand everything on the site... Can someone help me?

I have completed the pidgin installation and whatsapp plugin. Now i have to do the SMS whatsapp verification. See the script for that here : http://samtinkers.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/install-whatsapp-on-ubuntu-12-04-12-10-13-04-13-10-mint-13141516/

Can someone tell me how do i exactly do the commands and codes etc.


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    execute each line as it says there, don't copy paste everything. read the blog post and then understand what you need to do, I got it quite easily. – Alvar May 1 '14 at 16:36

For the most cases you should execute the code line by line. The comments (lines starting with a #) are mostly things to fill in a file, you edit with an editor (vi) or terminal output. Sometimes you have to be careful, which lines are just output or additional info and which are commands.

sudo apt-get install python python-dateutil python-argparse
sudo wget https://github.com/tgalal/yowsup/archive/master.zip
sudo unzip master.zip
cd yowsup-master/src
cp config.example yowsup-cli.config
vi yowsup-cli.config

These lines for example are simple commands that install needed packages and open a config file to edit.

After editing, executing

chmod +x yowsup-cli

makes the file executable and the following command requests an authorisation code:

./yowsup-cli --requestcode sms --config yowsup-cli.config

After receiving the code via SMS, you can retrieve another code to identify with Whatsapp:

./yowsup-cli --register 123-456 --config yowsup-cli.config

(replace 123-456 with the code)

After that

cat yowsup-cli.config

displays the config file, where (I guess) something like


is standing.

After that you can install the Whatsapp Plugin for Pidgin using

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:whatsapp-purple/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pidgin-whatsapp

and login with your phone number and the authorisation code/password (In the example S1nBGCvZhb6TBQrbm2sQCfSLkXM=).

  • And after i edited it what do i have to do then? – user276767 May 1 '14 at 16:33
  • I have really much trouble while doing this, can you do me a big favor? please make a video while you doing this? – user276767 May 1 '14 at 16:49
  • I am not using Whatsapp with Ubuntu, I just tried to figure out, what the guide tells you to do. Where exactly are you stuck? – clel May 1 '14 at 16:52
  • I am stuck at the editing .... – user276767 May 1 '14 at 16:53
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    no such folder yowsup-master/src – nano - merge me Jun 27 '15 at 3:18

this is sam from the blog,

If you've gotten as far as mentioned in the previous post, all you need to do is

open pidgin, go to accounts -> manage accounts -> from the protocol, select whatsapp -> enter your phone number with the country code as username, and the password string from the file as the password -> click on add.

After this, you will have a working whatsapp on your pidgin, however, you will need to add the contacts on your own, using add buddy, and entering their phone numbers.

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