Install Google Hangouts client ‘YakYak’ via Snap in Ubuntu

November 18, 2017 — 5 Comments

YakYak, an open-source desktop chat client for Google Hangouts, now can be easily installed in Ubuntu via Snap package.

YakYak features:

  • Send/receive chat messages
  • Create/change conversations (rename, add people)
  • Leave/delete conversation
  • Notifications (using native OS notifications)
  • Drag-drop, copy-paste or attach-button for image upload.
  • Hangupsbot sync room aware (no bot name, proper user pics)
  • Show inline images
  • Send presence/focus/typing/activeclient to behave like a proper client
  • History scrollback
  • Video/audio integration (open in chrome)
  • Focus/typing indications (mainly a design issue. keep it clean)
  • Offer alternative color schemes

YakYak now is available as Snap, simply search for and install ‘yakyak’ in Ubuntu Software (need login with Ubuntu One account).

Or open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command instead to install the snap:

sudo snap install yakyak

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

To remove the software, either use Ubuntu Software or run command:

sudo snap remove yakyak

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5 responses to Install Google Hangouts client ‘YakYak’ via Snap in Ubuntu

  1. How do you run yakyak after installation?

    • Exactly the problem I am facing. Installed snapd and all to install yakyak through it. But it ends there. Can’t find its binary!

      Falling back to installing from source code.

  2. Yakyak hangs after inputting Google credentials with a screen saying “Connecting.” However it never gets past that. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit

  3. Why snap will ultimately fail, crushed beneath friendlier apps like docker…

    still no answer on how to exec the app after snap installing…

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