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
sudo unzip
cd yowsup-master/src
cp config.example yowsup-cli.config
vi yowsup-cli.config #(Write the following according to you)
#phone=34123456789 #(Phone number with country code)
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

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 :

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.


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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