How can I install and use QQ and WeChat with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS? Are there any solutions or suggestions?

  • QQ for Linux has not been supported for very very long time. I found a workaround by using android version of QQ in emulator, so you can check out this : askubuntu.com/a/540894/295286 As for wechat, wx.qq.com is appropriate solution. It requires you to scan Qr code with your phone. I know this is not the best, but wechat doesn't provide anything better, even for Windows – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Aug 8 '16 at 10:55
  • Now, you can install offical QQ there. – Rouzip Oct 24 '19 at 14:19



You could use Franz and configure your WeChat account there.

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It supports:

  • Slack
  • Messenger (Facebook)
  • WhatsApp
  • Telegram
  • Skype
  • WeChat
  • Hipchat
  • ChatWork
  • Flowdock
  • Hangouts
  • GroupMe
  • Rocket.chat
  • Mattermost
  • Grape
  • Gitter
  • TweetDeck
  • DingTalk
  • Steam Chat
  • Discord
  • MySMS

so far with 3.0.0 and is available for Windows, Linux and OSX.


I don't know what QQ is - so can't comment on this.

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    wow , so cool thnk u vry much. And Instant messaging (IM) QQ is China’s largest instant messaging service. And I found the answer, QQ Chat for facebook. It allows Facebook users to connect and chat with over 780 million monthly active user accounts on Tencent’s instant messenger. – Mike.Lee Jun 17 '16 at 8:32
  • @Mike.Lee good to hear it helps. If your question is solved with my answer - please mark the answer as accepted. – dufte Jun 17 '16 at 8:34
  • Funny thing: WeChat was created by the owners of QQ. – Andrea Lazzarotto Jun 17 '16 at 13:06
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    This is just the equivalent of visiting web.wechat.com. In particular, it doesn't support key features the Windows desktop app offers, such as video calling. (As far as I can tell there's no better solution than installing the windows desktop client with wine) – UsAaR33 Sep 25 '17 at 14:20
  • WeChat in Franz and WeChat in Webbrowser seem not to work under Linux. I use Lubuntu 16.04 LTS and get the message that I should try the web version under Windows or Mac OS. – bomben Jan 9 '18 at 10:42

One way is to install WeChat is a third-party WeChat client for Linux called electronic-wechat.

  1. Go to https://github.com/geeeeeeeeek/electronic-wechat/releases
  2. Download the file for your architecture, either linux-ia32.tar.gz or linux-x64.tar.gz
  3. Extract the file with tar xvf linux-ia32.tar.gz or tar xvf linux-x64.tar.gz
  4. Go to the directory with the extracted file and run ./electronic-wechat
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    While the link may be helpful, it's better to include essential information into your answer. I suggest you edit the post, because as it stands right now it is of low quality and may be deleted – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy May 17 '17 at 21:11
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    Electronic wechat stopped working recently with this error message: "For account security, newly registered WeChat accounts are unable to log in to Web WeChat. To use WeChat on a computer, use Windows WeChat or Mac WeChat at wechat.com" – Yan King Yin May 8 '18 at 8:54
  • ya right. that link is not working – Sergio Apr 8 '19 at 1:06

Installing electronic-wechat works for me.

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open
sudo snap install electronic-wechat
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    Electronic-wechat stopped working recently, with this error message: For account security, newly registered WeChat accounts are unable to log in to Web WeChat. To use WeChat on a computer, use Windows WeChat or Mac WeChat at http://wechat.com – Yan King Yin May 8 '18 at 8:52
  • @YanKingYin That's sad. Is there any plan to develop Linux Wechat? – Chad May 10 '18 at 3:33
  • Nothing I've heard so far. Maybe a temporary solution is to use Windows WeChat with Wine. I will try that later... – Yan King Yin May 14 '18 at 5:04
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    @HenriqueFerrolho your comment should be marked as correct answer. It is the only way I could install wechat on Ubuntu 18.04 – Sergio Apr 8 '19 at 1:21


I'd like to suggest Wine QQ.

First download it from ubuntukylin(it's a modified version of Ubuntu by Chinese) and extract the files.

Cd into the folder, and install all the debs using following commands:

sudo dpkg –i DEB_PACKAGE

For those who encounter dependencies unmet:

sudo apt-get -f  install ./wine-qqintl_0.1.3-2_i386.deb

Install WeChat Success

0x01、 My environment

  1. Ubuntu 18.04
  2. wine-4.0
  3. WeChat2.6.7.57

0x02、 My operate

2.1、 First Failed Operate (About □)

  1. install update wine to 4.0
  2. install WeChat direct
  3. all text is □ □ □ □ □
  4. fix □ ,By edit WeChat.desktop file file path:~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/WeChat/WeChat.desktop

    [Desktop Entry]
    Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/tom/.wine" wine C:\\\\windows\\\\command\\\\start.exe /Unix /home/tom/.wine/dosdevices/c:/users/Public/Desktop/WeChat.lnk


    [Desktop Entry]
    Exec=env LC_ALL=zh_CN.UTF-8 WINEPREFIX="/home/tom/.wine" wine C:\\\\windows\\\\command\\\\start.exe /Unix /home/tom/.wine/dosdevices/c:/users/Public/Desktop/WeChat.lnk
  5. Now , I can read and send msg,but My write panel don't show my writed text

2.2、 Second Failed Operate

I wont to fix the problem that write panel not't show text ,i do that:

  1. open my Windows 10
  2. copy C:\Windows\SysWOW64\riched20.dll to .wine/drive_c/windows/syswow64\riched20.dll
  3. copy C:\Windows\System32\riched20.dll to .wine/drive_c/windows/system32/riched20.dll
  4. reopen WeChat,but failed

2.3、 Success Operate

  1. after 2.12.2 , I unInstall WeChat
  2. download qq.exe、tim.exe and install them
  3. download wechat.exe and install it
  4. fix wechat.desktop to :
    [Desktop Entry]
    Exec=env LC_ALL=zh_CN.UTF-8 WINEPREFIX="/home/tom/.wine" wine C:\\\\windows\\\\command\\\\start.exe /Unix /home/tom/.wine/dosdevices/c:/users/Public/Desktop/WeChat.lnk
    Path=/home/tom/.wine/dosdevices/c:/Program Files (x86)/Tencent/WeChat
  5. copy .wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Tencent/TIM/Bin/RICHED20.DLL to .wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Tencent/WeChat/RICHED20.DLL
  6. about wine config
    • open winetricks
    • select the default wineprefix (click ok)
    • install a Windows DLL or component (click ok)
    • check riched20riched30richtx32 (click ok)
  7. open my WeChat

2.4、 I don't know why

but my WeChat can work well now

  1. read 、 write msg
  2. send and download file
  3. Screenshot and send picture filed ,but i install deepin Screenshot fix it

0x03、 Reference

  1. about □ □ □ □
  2. about write panel 1
  3. about write panel 2
  1. I found this


This repo shows how to install apps packaged with deepin-wine by Deepin on Ubuntu based linux distributions, like Wechat, QQ, TIM, Thunder Speed etc.

  1. Maybe you don't need to install the software, since they both have web-based versions:

  • <error><ret>1203</ret><message>For account security, newly registered WeChat accounts are unable to log in to WeChat for Web. To use WeChat on a computer, you can download WeChat for Windows or WeChat for Mac at wechat.com</message></error> – Sergio Apr 8 '19 at 1:08
  • You may have to wait because the error comes from WeChat servers likely @Sergio – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Apr 10 '19 at 3:51

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