WeChat is a free messaging service, it's initial release was back in 2011 and by 2017 it was one of the largest standalone messaging service by monthly active users. It has applications for all platforms Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Linux. The Linux version of the application is based on electron and available as snap package for Ubuntu versions. This desktop version allows you to chat and share files just like you can on the mobile versions.


Its features include text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast (one-to-many) messaging, video conferencing, video games, sharing of photographs and videos, and location sharing. Also allows you to exchange the contacts with nearby users via Bluetooth. You can also integrate with other social networking services such as Facebook. Photographs may also be embellished with filters and captions, and an automatic translation service is available.
To use WeChat, you need to sign up for an account with your mobile number. This desktop application is an accompaniment to the mobile apps. To sign up, you simply download the app for your mobile device, enter your phone number and then enter the verification code you are sent.

WeChat is available as snap package from snappy store, it can be installed on Ubuntu 17.10 Artful/17.04 Zesty/16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial
To Install WeChat in Ubuntu open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

To remove WeChat run this command:

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