Install Whatsapp on Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, Mint 13/14/15/16/17

While I would recommend you to simply go for Viber instead, because it’s available for all operating systems; Here’s how to do it for whatsapp. However, if the same number is registered to two devices, Whatsapp doesn’t like you accessing both simultaneously. I’ve read, one at a time works fine.

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 #(Write the following according to you)
#cc=34
#phone=34123456789 #(Phone number with country code)
#id=
#password=
chmod +x yowsup-cli
./yowsup-cli --requestcode sms --config yowsup-cli.config
#status: sent
#retry_after: 3605
#length: 6
#method: sms

You will receive an sms with a code on the above written mobile number. Use that in the next request.

./yowsup-cli --register 123-456 --config yowsup-cli.config (replace 123-456 with the code)
#status: ok
#kind: free
#pw: S1nBGCvZhb6TBQrbm2sQCfSLkXM=
#price: 0,89
#price_expiration: 1362803446
#currency: EUR
#cost: 0.89
#expiration: 1391344106
#login: 34123456789
#type: new
cat yowsup-cli.config
cc=34
phone=34123456789
id=
password=S1nBGCvZhb6TBQrbm2sQCfSLkXM=

If you don’t have pidgin, install it (From software center or by sudo apt-get install pidgin in terminal) Now open a terminal and write

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

Now simply launch Pidgin. Add a whatsapp account, put username as the phone number with country code ( as written above) and password as the string we obtained earlier. Use whatsapp on your laptop. (PS- Don’t use it simultaneously on your mobile) Better still, use viber, and ask your friends to do the same! : it has a desktop client. Credits for this : http://hacktracking.blogspot.com.ar/2013/02/yowsup-cli-send-whatsapp-messages-from.html https://launchpad.net/~whatsapp-purple/+archive/ppa

Edit : If you’re having trouble registering the number on whatsapp, you can use this service here.

Update : The latest update to whatsapp has broken the functioning of the yow-sup api used here.
The issues have been created and developers are working on it. Hopefully it will be sorted soon, but till then, all we can do is wait.

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146 thoughts on “Install Whatsapp on Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, Mint 13/14/15/16/17

  1. Hi Sam,
    I received my WhatsApp code on my phone; XXX-XXX. When I try to register I get this:

    $ ./yowsup-cli –register XXX-XXX –config yowsup-cli.config
    Available commands:
    ===================
    demos, version, registration

    Can you help here please? Thanks.

  2. raza@raza-G31M-ES2L:~/yowsup-master$ cd yowsup-master/src
    bash: cd: yowsup-master/src: No such file or directory

    What to do i cant go forward?

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    • Hi,

      you are probably having this issue when you’re trying to install anything at all I think.

      A simple solution is :

      sudo rm /var/lib/lists/*

      Just run the above command thanks.

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  6. now I have a load of rubbish on my machine that does nothing…. thanks……this does not work , directories do not exist…

  7. Hello, i already have whatsapp up and running smoothly on my laptop. The problem i have is that, i know not how to update my status or change my profile picture. How do i do that? thanks

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