Viber, install this client on the Ubuntu desktop

about desktop client viber

In the next article we will take a look at how install desktop client for Viber in Ubuntu. With this client, users can make free calls, send text messages, or send audio and video files to other users. Viber was originally developed for mobile users, although it was later developed as a client application for desktop users. This cross-platform communication tool is available for Gnu / Linux, Windows and Mac operating systems.

Application offers users many features, such as text messages, photos, labels, group chats, calls, synchronization, etc. It also offers completely free voice and video calls to other Viber clients, so it could be an alternative to Skype.

Install the client for Viber on Ubuntu

example chat with viber

In the following lines we are going to see how we can install the Viber client on the Ubuntu desktop. The commands and procedures described below will be tested on Ubuntu 20.04.

Using the .deb package

Viber is available as .deb package on the official website. To get started, let's download this .deb package using the wget command in the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):

download viber .deb package

wget http://download.cdn.viber.com/cdn/desktop/Linux/viber.deb

Once the download is finished, we can install the package using the following command in the same terminal:

installation with dependency error

sudo dpkg -i viber.deb

As you can see in the above screenshot, while installing Viber I received the following error with the message; 'dpkg: error processing viber package'. If this is your case and you receive the error indicating the lack of libssl1.0.0, you can solve it by installing the missing dependency. To do this, you just have to run the following commands:

download libssl dependency

wget http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/o/openssl1.0/libssl1.0.0_1.0.2n-1ubuntu5.3_amd64.deb

Once the download is finished, we can install dependency that we were missing:

facility dependency

sudo dpkg -i libssl1.0.0_1.0.2n-1ubuntu5.3_amd64.deb

Uninstall

If you have installed the desktop client for Viber using the .deb package, and now you want remove it from your team, you just have to run the following command in the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):

uninstall viber deb package

sudo apt remove viber

Using the Snap package

The unofficial Viber client is also available as snap package. These types of packages are applications packaged with all their dependencies and required libraries.

To install any Snap packages, we must enable them on our system. In Ubuntu 16.04 and later versions, snap is already installed, so we can go directly to the installation. In the event that this package is not yet on your system, you can install snapd package necessary using the following command in terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):

sudo apt install snapd

At this point, to install unofficial Viber client snap package, we will only need to type the following command in the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):

install viber as snap

sudo snap install viber-unofficial

The above output shows that the Viber application has been successfully installed on the system.

Uninstall

If you used the snap package, run the following command in the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) to remove it from the system:

uninstall snap package

sudo snap remove viber-unofficial

Using Flatpak

If you don't have Flatpak support enabled on your system yet, start by following the steps a colleague recently indicated to enable this technology in Ubuntu 20.04. Then you can install this client for desktop as Flatpak package opening a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and typing in it the following command:

install viber flatpak client

flatpak install flathub com.viber.Viber

Uninstall

uninstall viver flatpak client

For, remove Ubuntu Flatpak package, in a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) you just have to type the command:

flatpak uninstall --user com.viber.Viber

Launch Viber in Ubuntu

Once the client is installed on our desktop, we can start the program by searching for it in our system. We are just going to have to go to the Activities tab or press the super key (Windows or Apple key) on the keyboard, and type viber in the search bar that appears. By clicking on the icon, we will start the program.

viber launcher

The following window will open on the desktop when we start this client for the first time after installation. It is important to be clear that we must have Viber on our mobile phone to be able to use it from the Ubuntu desktop. Using the onscreen instructions, Viber can easily be used from Ubuntu.

first screen when launching desktop client for Viber

Users can check all the features that this program offers, on the project website.


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