Whatsie is A Whatsapp Like Client For Linux PC
WhatsApp is one those well-known apps that stilldoesn’t have a native desktop client. To remedy this problem, a web version of the online messaging app was introduced which still requires users to have the app installed and activated on their phones. The web client synchronises messages, phones and other files with the phone app, allowing users to easily use and access the service without having to use their phones.
There is a new Whatsapp client that is currently in its beta stage called Whatsie and it is available across all platforms including Linux.
The applications uses Whatsapp web and adds additional tweaks and function that you can’t find on the actual app. Whatsie comes with seven extra themes alongside the default one — giving users who want to change the appearance of the app a wide range of options to choose from, native desktop notifications,Keyboard shortcuts and spellchecker.
Additionally, the app includes other features like starting it on login with an option to start hidden, ability to close the app which minimises it to the tray or Appindicator — where users are still notified of incoming messages — and opening web links directly through your default web browser.
“A simple & beautiful desktop client for WhatsApp Web. Chat without distractions on Windows, OS X and Linux. Not affiliated with WhatsApp or Facebook. This is NOT an official product”. Whatsie is still in beta, so some features might not work properly. Bug reports and feature suggestions are welcome. Please check for updates here regularly in case the update process breaks and your installed version can’t update by itself” was the post from the official Github page.
Here is a list of the features:
- Themes & Mini Mode
- Native Notifications (with reply on OS X)
- Spell Checker & Autocorrect
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Launch on OS startup
- Automatic Updates
For Linux, Whatsie can be installed through a package either .deb or rpm. For those using Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian and other derivatives , you can install the app through the repository.
To install open a terminal and use this command:
gpg –keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net —recv-keys 1537994D
gpg –export –armor 1537994D | sudo apt-key add –
echo “deb https://dl.bintray.com/aluxian/deb stable main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install whatsie
Please note that app is still in its beta stage and those that experience issues or come across bugs report it using the official channels.