How to install Facebook Messenger in Linux, Ubuntu, Debian and derivatives for Desktop

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How to use Facebook Messenger on the desktop in your system? Then see how to install Facebook Messenger in Linux for Desktop.





Messenger is a new client for Desktop, which allows the user to chat with their Facebook friends directly from a Linux, Windows or Mac desktop.

Facebook has recently launched the new Messenger portal. The site offer to users for an instant messaging service as an alternative to the current integrated chat within the famous social network.

Messenger provides features and a graphical interface very similar to the mobile application with support for voice calls, sending photos, stickers ( labels ), voice messages and so on.

install Facebook Messenger in Linux

Coinciding with the launch of the new portal, there was also a new dedicated open source client called Messenger for Desktop with different versions for Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac. Messenger is a multiplatform project for Desktop that aims to take Facebook instant messaging to our workspace.

The project (still in development) relies on the new Messenger. It is including support for desktop notifications and better integration with the various operating systems and Linux desktop environments in the future. (eg integrating with MeMenu Ubuntu etc ).

Get to know the Facebook client better, Messenger for Desktop

How to install a Facebook Messenger on Linux

To install Facebook Messenger in Linux, do one of the following.

How to install Facebook Messenger in Linux, Ubuntu, Debian and derivatives

Anyone who wants to install Facebook Messenger in Linux . Ubuntu, Debian and other systems that support .deb files, should do the following:
Step 1. Open a terminal;
Step 2. Check if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit by using the following command in the terminal:

uname -m




Step 3. If your system is 32-bit, use the command below to download the program. If the link is outdated, go to this page , download the latest version and save it as messenger.deb:

wget https://github.com/aluxian/Messenger-for-Desktop/releases/download/v2.0.9/messengerfordesktop-2.0.9-linux-i386.deb -O messenger.deb
Step 4. If your system is 64-bit, use the command below to download the program. If the link is outdated, go to this page , download the latest version and save it as messenger.deb:

wget https://github.com/aluxian/Messenger-for-Desktop/releases/download/v2.0.9/messengerfordesktop-2.0.9-linux-amd64.deb -O messenger.deb
Step 5. Now install the program with the command:

sudo dpkg -i messenger.deb
Step 6. If necessary, install the program dependencies with the command:

sudo apt-get install -f
Step 7. Next, if you need to uninstall the program, use this command:

sudo apt-get remove messenger*

How to install Facebook Messenger in Linux,  Fedora, OpenSUse, CentOS and derivatives

If you want to install Facebook Messenger on Linux Fedora, OpenSUse, CentOS and other systems that support .rpm files, you must do the following:

Step 1. Open a terminal;
Step 2. Check if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit by using the following command in the terminal:

uname -m
Step 3. If your system is 32-bit, use the command below to download the program. If the link is outdated, go to this page , download the latest version and save it as messengerfordesktop.rpm:

wget https://github.com/aluxian/Messenger-for-Desktop/releases/download/v2.0.9/messengerfordesktop-2.0.9-linux-i386.rpm -O messengerfordesktop.rpm
Step 4. If your system is 64-bit, use the command below to download the program. If the link is outdated, go to this page , download the latest version and save it as messengerfordesktop.rpm:

wget https://github.com/aluxian/Messenger-for-Desktop/releases/download/v2.0.9/messengerfordesktop-2.0.9-linux-x86_64.rpm -O messengerfordesktop.rpm
Step 5. To install on an openSUSE or one of its derivatives, use the command below:

sudo zypper install messengerfordesktop.rpm
Step 6. To install on a Fedora, RedHat and its derivatives, use the command below:

sudo yum localinstall messengerfordesktop.rpm
or

sudo dnf install messengerfordesktop.rpm
Step 7. To install the program on most distros with RPM file support, use the command:




sudo rpm -i messengerfordesktop.rpm
Step 8. Then, if you need to uninstall the program, use this command:

sudo rpm -e messengerfordesktop*

How to install Facebook Messenger in Linux

To install Facebook Messenger on Linux, do the following: .
Step 1. Open a terminal;
Step 2. If you have already done some manual installation, delete the previous folder, link, and shortcut with this command;

sudo rm -Rf /opt/messenger*
sudo rm -Rf /usr/bin/messengerfordesktop
sudo rm -Rf /usr/share/applications/messengerfordesktop.desktop
Step 3. Check if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit by using the following command in the terminal:

uname -m
Step 4. If your system is 32-bit, use the command below to download the program. If the link is outdated, go to this page , download the latest version and save it as messengerfordesktop.tar.gz:

wget https://github.com/aluxian/Messenger-for-Desktop/releases/download/v2.0.9/messengerfordesktop-2.0.9-linux32.tar.gz -O messengerfordesktop.tar.gz
Step 5. If your system is 64-bit, use the command below to download the program. If the link is outdated, go to this page , download the latest version and save it as messengerfordesktop.tar.gz:

wget https://github.com/aluxian/Messenger-for-Desktop/releases/download/v2.0.9/messengerfordesktop-2.0.9-linux64.tar.gz -O messengerfordesktop.tar.gz
Step 6. Create a folder for the program;

sudo mkdir /opt/messenger
Step 7. Use the following command to unzip the downloaded file in the created folder

sudo tar -vzxf messengerfordesktop.tar.gz -C /opt/messenger/
Step 8. Finally, create a shortcut to facilitate program execution

sudo ln -sf /opt/messenger/messengerfordesktop /usr/bin/messengerfordesktop
Step 9. If your current graphical environment supports, create a launcher for the program by running the command below;

echo -e ‘[Desktop Entry]\n Version=1.0\n Name=messengerfordesktop\n Exec=/opt/messenger/messengerfordesktop\n Icon=/\n Type=Application\n Categories=Application’ | sudo tee /usr/share/applications/messengerfordesktop.desktop
Ready! Now, when you want to start the program, type messengerin a terminal, followed by the TAB key.

If your distribution supports it, place the shortcut on your desktop using the system file manager or the command below, and use it to start the program.




sudo chmod +x /usr/share/applications/messengerfordesktop.desktop
cp /usr/share/applications/messengerfordesktop.desktop ~/Área\ de\ Trabalho/
If your system is in English, use this command to copy the shortcut to your desktop:

cp /usr/share/applications/messengerfordesktop.desktop ~/Desktop
For more details on this task, see this tutorial:
Adding Application Shortcuts to the Unity Desktop

If you want, you can also use the system file manager to run the program, just by opening its folder and clicking its executable.