Install WhatsApp Desktop App ‘Whatsie’ in Ubuntu 16.04

Last updated on July 14th, 2017

Whatsie is a simple & beautiful desktop client (unofficial) for WhatsApp Web. It’s and open-source, cross-platform software works on OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Besides all the WhatsApp Web features, it also features:

  • Themes & Mini Mode
  • Native Notifications (with reply on OS X)
  • Spell Checker & Auto Correct (English)
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

How to Install Whatsie in Ubuntu:

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Pre-compiled binary packages are available for download in its release page (see the link below), select download:

  • whatsie-x.x.x-linux-amd64.deb for 64-bit Ubuntu
  • whatsie-x.x.x-linux-i386.deb for 32-bit Ubuntu


Download the latest Whatsie (.deb)

Then click install via Ubuntu Software, or run command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/whatsie*.deb; sudo apt -f install

Once the software is successfully installed, launch it from Unity Dash (App Launcher), scan the QR code via WhatsApp in your mobile phone, and enjoy chatting with your friends.

If you like Whatsie and want to receive future updates along with other system updates via Software Updater, add the Linux repository by running the commands below one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 1537994D

gpg --export --armor 1537994D | sudo apt-key add -

echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

(Optional) To remove the software, use Synaptic Package Manager (available in Ubuntu Software), or run apt command in terminal via remove flag:

sudo apt remove whatsie

And the Linux repository can be removed via System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software -> highlight and remove the repository line.