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How to Install WeChat Desktop Client in Ubuntu Linux


Brief: This quick tutorial shows you how to install WeChat desktop client on Ubuntu Linux. 

WeChat is a popular micro-messaging cross platform app supporting text, image/videos, group chats with over 900 million active monthly users, mostly in China. Along with the basic messaging facilities, it also provides payment services in China to pay bills, order goods and services, transfer money and much more.

I won’t call it one of the best messaging apps for Linux because it doesn’t provide the official desktop client but in Linux world, we can always find a way around.

WeChat in Ubuntu
WeChat in Ubuntu

There is a third party client called electronic-chat that allows you to use WeChat in your Linux Ubuntu system by scanning the QR code just like WhatsApp Web. electronic-chat is a third party open source client for WeChat hosted on github. In this article, we will see features and how to install WeChat client in Ubuntu.

Features for eletronic-chat client

  • Modern UI and includes all features
  • Group chats and allows mentioning
  • Drag and drop to send photos
  • Stickers support
  • Block message recall

The electronic-chat app is available for Ubuntu via Snappy store, or you can download electronic-chat files from its GitHub page and launch it. We will see both the process.

Caution:

  • Although the app mentions it’s available in English, I was not able to find the option to switch from the default Chinese language. However, it does support communication in English so that’s okay for me. I would update once I find the option to switch the display to the English language.
  • Your phone must be connected to the internet to use the desktop client.
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Method 1: Installing WeChat on Ubuntu Linux via Snap

Snap makes it easier to install WeChat unofficial client in Linux. Before you can install electronic-chat, you will need to install snapd and snapd-xdg-open. Run the below command to install it:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Once done, type the following command to install it.

sudo snap install electronic-chat

This will install WeChat client. Once done, launch it from the terminal by typing:

electronic-chat

When you launch it for the first time, it will ask you to scan QR code.

login_screen_QR_code
Scan QR Code

Select the option to Scan QR code from the app and you can use it from your Ubuntu system.

WeChat homescreen
WeChat home screen

If at any moment, you are not satisfied and would rather prefer your phone to keep using WeChat, you can uninstall it using below command:

sudo snap remove electronic-wechat
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Method 2: Installing WeChat on Linux via GitHub

The second option is to download the electronic-chat files from github website.

Select the appropriate version, and download it. I had downloaded linux-x64.tar.gz for my 64-bit Ubuntu system. Open terminal and head over to the download directory and type the below command to unzip it:

tar xvf linux-x64.tar.gz

Once it’s extracted, run below command to launch it.

./electronic-chat

This will launch the client and ask you for QR code. The method from here is same as above.

electronic-chat is a good enough tool to use WeChat on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. If you hate typing on your phone and would rather prefer a keyboard like me, it will serve your purpose.





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7 Flatpak Apps You Can Install Right Now from Flathub


We list 7 great apps that you can install as Flatpak apps on Ubuntu by using the Flathub repository, which is almost like the official Flatpak app store.

This post, 7 Flatpak Apps You Can Install Right Now from Flathub, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.





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Kalendar: A Minimal Calendar App for Linux


Brief: Kalendar is a minimal, lightweight calendar app for Linux built on C++ and Qt 5.

One of the primary reasons I use Linux on my desktops is because there exists a principle of simplicity in this domain. Even third-party Linux software respect this principle of simplicity. Transmission, one of the best torrent clients for Linux, does just what it’s supposed to do and nothing more. It’s famous counterparts for Windows platforms, well, they download more ads than the files they are supposed to. I never understood why you need to have a login feature for a torrent client.

I’m a huge fan of minimal software. They do just what they’re supposed to do. I’m happy and satisfied. I’ll pass on the bells and the whistles. Kalendar is one such simple application.

Kalendar: A minimal calendar app for Linux

Kalendar is written in C++ and uses Qt5 libraries for GUI. The project is inspired from Gnome-calendar but is written from scratch. The goal of the project is to provide a lightweight, functional calendar solution that does not require a lot of dependencies.

Kalendar

At the time of writing, Kalendar is still not mature according to its developer, but I found it works just fine.

Kalendar features a simple user interface. It is highly intuitive as far as event management and TODOs are concerned. A single click on the date pops up the ‘add event’ dialogue. The added events are displayed on the date with the category color code. The events can be made to recur annually or monthly by ticking the appropriate checkbox. So you never miss the opportunity to brighten up the birthdays of your loved ones.

Kalendar events

Kalendar allows you to create categories and color code them. This helps you to keep all your personal and work related events and TODOs organized in one application. You can create any number of categories you want. You can do this from Edit>>Edit categories. Duh!

Kalendar category

Kalendar allows you to import/export events from/to other calendar application using .ics files. Almost all major calendar apps support .ics files. You can also backup and restore your entire events database.

Installation

Since Kalendar is the new kid in town, it’s not yet available in the repositories of any distros (at the time of writing). But it has a very simple installation procedure and let’s see how to do it.

Download Kalendar

  1. Download the .zip file using the above button.
  2. Then go to the download location and extract the file (Right-click on the file>> Extract here).
  3. Open the ‘kalendar-master’ folder and move into ‘src’ folder.
  4. Right-click and open a terminal there and run the below commands one after the another.
qmake
make

That’s it. Run the Kalendar application by double clicking on ‘Kalendar’ binary. If prompted, click on ‘make executable and run’.

Finishing up

Do check out Kalendar. I’m sure you’ll like it, and if you’re into minimal stuff, well, you’ll love it. Do give it a try and share your thoughts on it in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this article. Peace.





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Is Terminix The Best Tiling Terminal Emulator on Linux?


tilix emulator on ubuntuTerminix (aka Tilix) is a tiling terminal emulator for the GNOME desktop. It’s featured, fast and frequently recommended — here’s why you should try it too.

This post, Is Terminix The Best Tiling Terminal Emulator on Linux?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.





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cmus: The Ultimate Music Player For Linux Terminal Lovers


Brief: Listening to music in Linux terminal? Why not? Nothing is impossible when it comes to Linux terminal.

There is no shortage of music players on Linux. Almost all of them comes with a GUI or Graphical User Interface. Some of them looks really nice and some not so much. Just a while back we published an article about lesser known music players. If you are interested you can take a look at that:

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But all of them are graphical. What about, us, terminal lovers? Do we not deserve a treat?

Well, today I am going to introduce cmus. If you are a music enthusiast and love the terminal too, you will have to look no further!

cmus

Listen to music in Linux terminal with cmus

The official site for cmus describes it perfectly:

cmus is a small, fast and powerful console music player for Unix-like operating systems.

It is written in C programming language. So the performance is outstanding and it’s not resource-hungry at all. It is also extensible via external scripts. Check out the cmus Wiki on GitHub for more information.

cmus User Interface
cmus User Interface

Let’s take a look at the features.

cmus Features

Every essential feature a music player needs is present in cmus. Some of the basic ones are:

  • Supported Formats: Almost every audio formats are supported on cmus, including the most popular ones – mp3, flac, wav, aac etc.
  • Music Library: cmus is capable of presenting your music collection in a well-organized library. And it is totally intuitive and easy to navigate through. You can search and filter through the tracks seamlessly. It supports Playlists and Play Queue. There is also an integrated file browser if you want to play tracks from outside your library.
  • Gapless Playback: Keep on listening without any break. It can cycle through the whole music library.
  • Keybindings: cmus comes with sensible keyboard shortcuts for performing various actions. And the great thing is — all of those are completely customizable.
  • Themes & Customizability: You can select from pre-defined themes that come with cmus. Or you can create your own! Every little details are customizable in cmus.
  • Speed: Even you have thousands of tracks in your library, it doesn’t affect the startup-time of cmus.

In short, if you love to use the terminal, there’s no way that you will be disappointed by cmus. That’s how cool cmus is.

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Installation on Ubuntu

cmus is available via the official Ubuntu repository. So, installing is as easy as typing a single command:

sudo apt install cmus

That’s all! However, if you want to compile it from source you can take a look at the README file.

Getting started with cmus

Being a console application, it takes a little while to get used to cmus. But once you do, it’s totally worth it. The first thing you will want to do after installation is run this command:

man cmus-tutorial

This will show you a basic tutorial for using cmus. For further details, try:

man cmus

And don’t forget to check the cmus Wiki:

cmus Wiki

You will find a lots of ways to extend you experience with cmus there.

Music scrobbling with cmus

If you are used to scrobble musics, it’s totally possible in cmus. As I’ve said before, cmus is extensible. The are multiple scripts for this purpose. You will find some of them listed here in cmus Wiki. I’ve tried many of them. And I will suggest you to use cmusfm without any doubt. It supports scrobbing to both Last.fm and Libre.fm.

cmusfm

If you don’t know what scrobbling is — it is a way of logging the musics you play, so that you can visit your history later.


Did you know about cmus or using it already? What do you think about it?





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Republic Wireless Bring Their Free Texting App to Linux


republic wireless anywhereRepublic Wireless customers on Linux can send and receive texts from their desktop, as the innovative network has made its ‘Anywhere’ app available on Linux.

This post, Republic Wireless Bring Their Free Texting App to Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.





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Linux Twitter App Corebird v1.5.1 Released


Avid user of Linux Twitter client Corebird? Well, you may want to know that a new release is available to download. But before you get too excited about finding new features I should point at the latest release comes with stability improvements and nothing else. That’s okay; bug fixes and stability tweaks are just as […]

This post, Linux Twitter App Corebird v1.5.1 Released, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.





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Hiri Lets You Access Microsoft Exchange Accounts on Linux


hiri linuxLooking for a Linux email client that works with Microsoft Exchange servers, Office365 or Outlook accounts? You’re far from alone. We regularly receive emails and tweets from Ubuntu users who want to know how to set-up a Microsoft Exchange account on Ubuntu so that they can access their work email, calendar, tasks and contacts. Many […]

This post, Hiri Lets You Access Microsoft Exchange Accounts on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.





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Type Emoji Quickly on Ubuntu Desktop with IBus-UniEmoji


Emoji support on Linux is sort of lacking — but love ’em or loathe ’em, the Unicode-embedded smileys are everywhere. We’ve shown you before how to see color emoji on Ubuntu using EmojiOne, and highlighted a number of neat tools that let you find and enter emoji on your Linux desktop, be it Unity, GNOME, etc. […]

This post, Type Emoji Quickly on Ubuntu Desktop with IBus-UniEmoji, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.





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Improve Your Photography Workflow on Linux with Rapid Photo Download 0.9


Rapid Photo Download 0.9.0 is now stable, and available to download. The app, which makes mass importing photos and videos from SD cards, smartphones and USB devices easier, switches from GTK to Qt for this release. We reported on this change when we covered the beta release back in April. Being built and designed by […]

This post, Improve Your Photography Workflow on Linux with Rapid Photo Download 0.9, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.





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