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How to Install WeChat Messaging App on Ubuntu Linux

WeChat, known as a Chinese social media app, is getting very popular as a micro-messaging platform. You will not believe that almost 900 million people worldwide use this app for social communication every month. WeChat is available for Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, and other OS. It supports Text, Audio, Video Messaging. Also, you can do group chat with your friends and family. It’s a desktop client app for Linux, but its other features will blow your mind. It will not only offer you to chat but also help to pay your bill from social media.

However, Today I am here to let you know some great features and installation process of WeChat on Ubuntu Linux.

WeChat Latest Version Features:

  • Offers Modern UI and user-friendly design.
  • Best for group chats and mentioning feature
  • Provides Drag and drop facility to send photos
  • Offers amazing Stickers and Emoji.
  • Provides a Block message recall system.

Note: Internet connection is needed to use WeChat. It is difficult to switch the language from Chinese to English as the default language is Chinese. Oh! Don’t worry about it. It does support English for messaging. So no problem.

WeChat Installation on Ubuntu:

Installing WeChat on Ubuntu is effortless. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete. It supports all Ubuntu versions, including 17.10. There are several methods to install it on Ubuntu. Let’s see.

Installing WeChat Via Snap:

Snap is essential if you make the installation easier. So before installing via Snap, you have to install snapd and snapdxdg-open” Follow the command to install it.

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

After that, you need to type the following command.

sudo snap install electronic-chat

This command will help you to open up a WeChat client. Type the following on terminal emulator


It will take some time to open up for the first time. Now it will prompt you to scan a QR code to login into it.

Now you can use it from Ubuntu.


You can quickly remove WeChat by just merely typing the following command.

sudo snap remove electronic-wechat

Installing WeChat Via GitHub:

Github is an excellent source to download Linux based software. At first, download the WeChat installation file (Linux-x64.tar.gz) from GitHub. Then type the following command on the terminal emulator to extract it.

Tar xvf linux-x64.tar.gz

After extracting, use this command to start it.


Now it will promote you to log in with a QR code as we saw above.

Now you can use WeChat from Ubuntu. That’s so easy. Isn’t it? I think you have got a clear concept of the Features, Installations Process of WeChat. Thank you very much.

Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan is a passionate enthusiast for technology. He admires all things tech and loves to help others understand the fundamentals of Linux, servers, networking, and computer security in an understandable way without overwhelming beginners. His articles are carefully crafted with this goal in mind - making complex topics more accessible.



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