WhatsApp is a popular chat messenger used by 1 billion people around the globe. WhatsApp introduced web-based version of Whatsapp called WhatsApp Web. It allows users to use WhatsApp from web browser by synchronizing the mobile device connection. But we can use Whatsapp web in Linux using Whatsie, a free & open source project.
Whatsie is a simple & beautiful desktop client for WhatsApp Web. It is available for Linux Desktop. This is not an official WhatsApp application and just got first version released. Whatsie uses WhatsApp Web, and it requires having WhatsApp Messenger installed and configured on your mobile device.
WhatSie is packed with lots of goodies, there are many features which are unique in WhatSie most notably the App Lock feature that allows users to set app lock passcode to lock the app so that someone cannot open and access your whatsapp messages while you are away from you laptop or system.
There are option to toggle Theme of both Application and Web Page in settings widget, which is also a unique feature. WhatSie also comes with built in download manager that lets you download Images, media documents etc. There is a app permission manager baked into the settings section which opens a dialog with bunch of webpage related permissions like : Allowing app to use Camera, Microphone, Geolocation and more. There are some App shortcuts too to control your app from Keyboard easily. Like pressing F11 key will toggle fullscreen view, Ctrl+H will hide app in system tray, F5 key will reload the app and few other can be seen by pressing “Show Shortcuts” button in app settings dialog. WhatSie also comes with built in Spell Checking feature which help you fixing your sellings while you type in the message. There are many more settings that you can tweak in settings dialog Like disable Notification Popups, Mute Sound Alert and any Audio coming from Application.
WhatSie is written in Qt 5.13, and comes with many exciting features few are listed below:
Whatsie for Linux Desktop Features:
- Themes Light and Dark
- Customized Notifications
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- BuiltIn download manager
- Mute Audio, Disable Notifications
- App Lock feature
- App permission manager
- Built in Spell Checker (with support for 31 Major languages)
- Other settings that let you control every aspect of WebApp.
Install WhatSie on Linux:
snap install whatsie
To enable audio recording and camera in application connect to the respective slot using store permission option or via command line using the following commands:
- for microphone permission
snap connect whatsie:audio-record
- for camera permission
snap connect whatsie:camera
This is the first version of the application, expect many updates and new features in near future.