How to install ZapZap on Linux – An excellent no official WhatsApp desktop client

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Hello, friends. WhatsApp is a popular messaging service, but it doesn’t have an official client for Linux. This is unbelievable, but today you will learn how to install ZapZap on Linux, a WhatsApp client for the desktop on Linux.

What does ZapZap offer us?

According to the web profile of the application:

WhatsApp desktop application written in Pyqt6 + PyQt6-WebEngine.

So, although the definition is quite short, it is not necessary to say much more. ZapZap requires Python 3.9, so it takes advantage of many Python features.

What features does ZapZap have? First, it offers everything that WhatsApp web gives us. In addition to them, you can get these advantages:

  • Features come with Whatsapp web
  • Icon in systray changes if there are new messages
  • Customizable Systray icons
  • System style (light and dark)
  • Full-screen mode
  • Background running
  • Spellchecker
  • Drag and drop

For a more comfortable use of the application, there are shortcuts for the main functions of the tool.

Install ZapZap on Linux

The most recommended and easiest way to install is via Flatpak. Otherwise, you will have to manually compile the source code with all the process it takes.

Install Flatpak on Linux

The first thing we have to do is to install Flatpak. This is actually simple.

If you are using Debian or one of its derivatives like Sparky Linux, open a terminal and run

sudo apt install flatpak

For Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS or some derivative you can use the above command or add a PPA to get a more recent version

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flatpak/stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install flatpak

If you use Fedora, Pop_OS! Or Manjaro Linux, you have nothing to configure since Flatpak is already installed.

For CentOS, Rocky Linux and members of the family

sudo dnf install flatpak

For Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S flatpak

Install ZapZap on Linux

Now with Flatpak installed, add the Flathub repository where the tool is hosted.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Now install ZapZap:

flatpak install flathub com.rtosta.zapzap

The next step is to run it from the main menu and enjoy it.

ZapZap on Linux
ZapZap on Linux

Also you can check the settings:

ZapZap settings
ZapZap settings


In this post, you learned how to install ZapZap on Linux. I hope it will help you to better use WhatsApp on Linux desktop.

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I am Angelo. A systems engineer passionate about Linux and all open-source software. Although here I'm just another member of the family.



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