How can I install Whatsapp web app on Ubuntu? I found a similar question How to install WhatsApp?, but here I am asking for the WhatsApp desktop webapp so that I can directly access the application without opening a browser.
👷♂️ You can create your own whatsapp app
🏗️ Creating Your Own Whatsapp Desktop 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] Name=WhatsApp GenericName=WhatsApp Comment=WhatsApp desktop webapp #Exec=webapp-container --store-session-cookies --webappUrlPatterns=https?://*.whatsapp.com/* --user-agent-string='Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/85.0.4183.83 Safari/537.36 Edg/85.0.564.44' https://web.whatsapp.com %u Exec=/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --app=https://web.whatsapp.com/ Terminal=false Type=Application StartupNotify=true MimeType=text/plain; # If you want icon, type path of icon # Icon= Categories=Network;Application; Keywords=WhatsApp;webapp; X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=WhatsApp StartupWMClass=web.whatsapp.com
⌨️ Making keyboard shortcut (Optionally)
You can follow the instructions below or just look my other answer about
Making Shortcuts topic.
wmctrlcommand used for focus or create app, type
sudo apt install wmctrlto install it
- ➕ Open shortcut window, click
+the bottom of the window
- 🔨 Set name
- 🚀 Finally, keyboard shortcuts to open | create
bash -c "wmctrl -xa web.whatsapp.com || /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --app=https://web.whatsapp.com/"
NOTICE: It is NOT SUGGESTED to use this mechanism as this is not an official application and may be laden with adware or other malware.
The answer is left here for historical reasons however it is recommended that you DO NOT follow this answer's instructions.
Download the WhatsApp webapp DEB installation file from the link here
Double click on the DEB file to open and install with the Ubuntu Software Center, or from the command line with:
sudo dpkg -i whatsapp-webapp_1.0_all.deb
Select WhatsApp from your Dash or Applications menu to start.
- Now Scan the QR code with your phone using the WhatsApp application.
Best way I think is: https://web.whatsapp.com/ . It asks to open your whatsapp in your mobile and let it to scan the codebars to the phone. So, simply open your whatsapp in mobile> select the option whatsapp web > focus your phone camera to the monitor where the browser shows a codebar. That s all. Then Browser opens your whatsapp in itself. Nothing to install . Easy
You can find the latest version in the Release section of GitHub: https://github.com/cstayyab/whatsapp-linux/releases
It comes handily packed as an AppImage, so it's as easy as downloading, changing the execution permissions of the file and running it.
Some people face the problem that the App shows you some browsers you should install instead of working correctly. If that happens to you, this is the fix:
Once logged in, go to:
Close the app
Change permission for
Application Cacheto make it inaccessible
sudo chmod 000 "Application Cache"
This is an old question but now I need to use WhatsApp in my Ubuntu environment, and I found this solution based on a third-party WhatsApp Linux Client called Whatsie. This client works for Debian 8, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Linux Mint 18. Whatsie is a simple but helpful wrapper for WhatsApp Web, available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
How to install Install Whatsie?
The recommended way to install it is through the latest deb package.
Ubuntu, Debian 8+
- Download whatsie-x.x.x-linux-arch.deb
Double click and install, or run this command in the terminal:
dpkg -i whatsie-x.x.x-linux-arch.deb
Start the app with your app launcher or by running
whatsiein a terminal
You can also use
Open a terminal window, then download the
gpgkey to make sure the deb you download is correct:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv 6DDA23616E3FE905FFDA152AE61DA9241537994D
Add the author’s repository to your sources list by running the following command. :
echo "deb https://dl.bintray.com/aluxian/deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/whatsie.list
stableif you want to pick another channel like
dev(pick stable if you're unsure).
Finally, update local package index and install Whatsie:
sudo apt update sudo apt install whatsie
Once installed, you can start Whatsie from Unity Dash or Application Menu.
WhatsApp Web Application
On GNOME/Ubuntu Desktop without installing any additional software
The Web Application feature of Gnome Web (formerly known as epiphany-browser) can be used to create your personal container for WhatsApp.
- Automatic icon generation
- Separate container, window, app
- Always up-to-date via package-manager
Steps to configure:
- Open Gnome Web and go to http://web.whatsapp.com
- Select 'Install Site as Web Application' from the burger menu
- Name the app as you like e.g. WhatsAppWeb or Whatsie
I recommend to log out from all devices, then open the created desktop app.
- Finally scan the QR code.
about:applications in GNOME Web address bar to manage/remove Web Appliactions
By habit, mine is called "Whatsie" and the process creates the file
Official website: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Web/
Official instructions: https://help.gnome.org/users/epiphany/stable/browse-webapps.html.en
Please, be careful installing apps from sources you don't trust!
I used Applicationize.me to install WhatsApp web (and other web apps) as a Chrome apps.
Just enter the URL http://web.whatsapp.com/ into the field, and it will create a downloadable extension that you can drag to Chrome's extension window (
You can find the newly installed app on Ubuntu's app launcher.