WhatsApp Desktop

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Application Details:

Version: 0.2.x
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.14

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What works

On Linux, was able to start whatsapp, register QR code. can send/receive messages.  can download images

What does not

1) Install problem (need a 'normal' windows user)

2) no 'X' quit button, only minimize and Maximize.  

3) desktop notifications only display sender's avatar but no text of the message


Downloaded 64 bit version of Whatsapp desktop from

Created 64 bit win7 bottle.   Using Winetricks, installed the MS fonts.

Installer fails, needs to be run as a 'normal windows user' instead of an 'admin windows user'.

Copied 2 directories from existing Windows 10 64 bit install:  


&& C:\Users\MyUser\AppData\Roaming\Whatsapp  

into the wine  bottle.

The WhatsApp executable is in the AppData\Local directory

On Linux, was able to start whatsapp via wine /path/to/AppData/Local/WhatsApp.exe  and register QR code.

can send/receive messages.  can download images

What was not tested

creating groups

sending images

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 10 20205.14No Not installable NoGarbageBenjamin St�rz 
CurrentSolusDec 21 20173.0-rc2No, but has workaround Yes YesGarbageSami Cokar 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 25 20172.0.2No Not installable NoGarbageNosthertus 
ShowUbuntu 17.04 "Zesty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 21 20172.12No Not installable NoGarbageNeverMine17 
ShowArch LinuxOct 02 20161.9.18No Not installable NoGarbageMatt Keefo 

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HowTo / Notes


  1. Apply Louis NtQueryInformationToken hack
  2. Install winetricks , if you haven't already. (apt install winetricks)
  3. Install .NET v4.5.2 (winetricks dotnet452)
  4. Start the WhatsApp installer and let it crash
    (The installer executes a .NET application which will not work in Wine with windows version set >= XP, .NET tries to use uiautomationcore.dll on newer versions.)
  5. Set the windows version back to XP.
  6. Install the 2010 and 2013 VC runtime (winetricks vcrun2013 vcrun2010)
  7. Create a copy of msvcr100.dll and name it msvcr100_clr0400.dll in system32
  8. Go to drive_c/users/$USER/Local Settings/Application Data/WhatsApp/app-version
  9. Run WhatsApp.exe --squirrel-install version


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