In this article we will be installing Wordpress.com Desktop Client app on Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Linux

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install all prerequisites
  • How to download Wordpress.com Desktop Client debian package
  • How to install Wordpress.com Desktop Client
  • How to start Wordpress.com Desktop Client
WordPress.com desktop client app on Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo
WordPress.com desktop client app on Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Linux
Software Wordpress 4.0.0
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 WordPress.com desktop app on Ubuntu 19.04 step by step instructions

  1. Install all prerequisites.

    Start by opening your terminal and executing the following command to install all prerequisites:
    $ sudo apt install libgtkextra-dev gdebi-core
    
  2. Download the wordpress.com Desktop app.

    Use your browser to download the wordpress.com Desktop app DEB package or use the following wgetshortcut command:
    $ wget -O wordpress_app.deb https://bit.ly/2uUiTdz
    
  3. Install wordpress.com Desktop app.

    Next, install the wordpress_app.deb package downloaded in the previous step:
    $ sudo gdebi wordpress_app.deb 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree        
    Reading state information... Done
    Reading state information... Done
    Requires the installation of the following packages: gconf-service gconf-service-backend gconf2 gconf2-common libgconf-2-4 
    
    WordPress.com Desktop client
      WordPress.com Desktop Client
    Do you want to install the software package? [y/N]:y
    
  4. Start Wordpress Client app.

    Launch the Wordpress Client app from activities menu by searching for Wordpress:
  5. Wordpress Desktop Client on Ubuntu Linux
    Wordpress Desktop Client on Ubuntu Linux

Trouble shooting

In case you see the following error message:
/opt/WordPress.com/wpcom: error while loading shared libraries: libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
or the WordPress.com desktop app does not start make sure that you have the libgtkextra-dev package installed on your Ubuntu system:
$ sudo apt install libgtkextra-dev
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