In the following tutorial we will perform installation of a WhatsApp, online communication application on Manjaro 18 Linux from Arch User Repository using command line tools makepkg and pacman . WhatsApp is a telecommunications application to provide video,chat and voice communication between computers, tablets, mobile devices over the Internet connection.

In this How to install WhatsApp on Manjaro 18 Linux tutorial you will learn
  • How to clone the latest WhatsApp AUR repository.
  • Build WhatsApp package
  • How to install WhatsApp AUR package
Successful WhatsApp installation on Manjaro 18 Linux
Successful WhatsApp installation on Manjaro 18 Linux

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Manjaro 18 Illyria Linux
Software WhatsApp 2.17.442-1 or higher
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to install WhatsApp on Manjaro 18 Linux step by step



  1. Install prerequisites. Follow our How to install nodejs-nativefier on Manjaro 18 Linux guide before moving to Step 2.
  2. Open terminal and clone the latest WhatsApp AUR repository:
    $ git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/whatsapp-web-desktop
    
  3. Build a AUR package. First navigate to a newly created whatsapp-web-desktop directory. The execute makepkg command to build a WhatsApp AUR package:
    $ cd whatsapp-web-desktop/
    $ makepkg -s
    
    When finished the result should be a newly build WhatsApp package ready for the installation:
    $ ls *pkg.tar.xz
    whatsapp-web-desktop-2.17.442-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    
  4. Using the pacman command install WhatsApp package. Replace the package name suffix with the WhatsApp version you have compiled previously:
    $ sudo pacman -U --noconfirm whatsapp-web-desktop-2.17.442-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
    
  5. The WhatsApp installation is now complete. Use start menu and search for WhatsApp to launch the application or start it from command line:
    $ whatsapp-web-desktop
    
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