Facebook Messenger for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Fedora

‘Messenger for Desktop’ is a dedicated application for Facebook Messenger. The app provides a neat and simple user interface to chat and make calls with your friends on Facebook.

The application is developed by independent developers not related to Facebook in any way. They use the Facebook API, which is encrypted, and so your chat and login sessions should be encrypted too.

The application’s user interface is neat and somewhat resembles Skype for Linux with the contacts on the left pane and the conversations on the right pane. Installation is simple, and I will give you a step-by-step guide in the second part of this article. After installation, you need to log in with your Facebook credentials. It has built-in thousands of stickers and lets you send photos and videos to your contacts. It supports voice mail and group chat. There are also several custom themes in place of native user interface if you want.

Facebook Messenger for Linux
Facebook Messenger for Linux


Install Facebook Messenger on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Derivatives

Step 1: Download the application from this link. Make sure to see the Linux section where you can find 32-bit and 64-bit DEB files. Don’t download RPM binaries – they are for Fedora and derivatives.

Step 2: By default settings of your browser, the downloaded file should land in the ‘Downloads’ folder.

Step 3: Launch ‘Terminal’ and navigate to the ‘Downloads’ directory using the following command:

cd Downloads

Step 4: List the files in the directory.

ls

Step 5: Use the dpkg install command.

sudo dpkg -i Messenger_linux64.deb

If you have downloaded a 32-bit version, you should use that filename accordingly.

Installing Facebook Messenger in Linux Mint
Installing Facebook Messenger in Linux Mint

That’s it. You can now launch the program from the ‘Applications.’ Look for ‘Messenger.’ When you start it, the application may prompt you that there is a new version available and if you want to download it. But it is a beta version, so better to ignore it and click ‘Cancel.’


Install Facebook Messenger on Fedora, Mandriva, and Derivatives

Step 1: Download the application from this link. Make sure to see the Linux section where you can find 32-bit and 64-bit RPM files. Don’t download .deb files. They are for Debian based systems.

Step 2: By default settings of your browser, the downloaded file should land in the ‘Downloads’ folder.

Step 3: Launch ‘Terminal’ and navigate to the ‘Downloads’ directory using the following command:

cd Downloads

Step 4: List the files in the directory.

ls

Step 5: Login as Super User.

su

Step 6: Use the DNF command to install the RPM binary. If you are connected to the internet, it will download the dependencies. If you don’t want to go online, simply disconnect the internet to your PC, and it will straight away install the downloaded file.

Installing Facebook Messenger on Fedora 25
Installing Facebook Messenger on Fedora 25

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Am I missing something here? messengerfordesktop-2.0.9-linux-x86_64.rpm installs something called messiggy which simply display a series of astronomical photos. How does that relate to Messenger? I just wasted 10 minutes of my time which I will never see again. Thanks!

  2. HELP please? Just installed Ubuntu on my pc, love it! Anyway I am new to it. (Absolutely thrilled I did it alone, went well!) Anyway here below is what I got. How do I download the needed files, the ones its missing? I appreciate any help you can give me! I need messenger to stay in touch with family. (I live in a very remote area.)
    TIA, Linda
    ——————————-
    linda@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i messengerfordesktop-2.0.9-linux-amd64.deb[sudo] password for linda:
    (Reading database … 136037 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to unpack messengerfordesktop-2.0.9-linux-amd64.deb …
    Unpacking messengerfordesktop (2.0.9-171) over (2.0.9-171) …
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of messengerfordesktop:
    messengerfordesktop depends on libappindicator1 | libappindicator | libappindicator-gtk3; however:
    Package libappindicator is not installed.
    Package libappindicator-gtk3 is not installed.
    messengerfordesktop depends on python; however:

    dpkg: error processing package messengerfordesktop (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-11ubuntu1.1) …
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-1ubuntu3.18.04.2) …
    Processing triggers for mime-support (3.60ubuntu1) …
    Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) …
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    messengerfordesktop

  3. 10 minutes?!? I’m on 90! But the app, is probably okay. I just somehow don’t seem to have GTK…..uuugghhhhh nothing is working, I even downloaded it
    But to me the time is not wasted. I enjoy this stuff!!! 😀

  4. Looking for somewhere to notify developers that the darker themes seem to be missing to change the text field darker while making the text itself white. Makes proofreading your messages a bit tricky. Other than that, I’ve used it about 5-10 mins and it seems to do all I’d expect.

  5. sorry, but after install i have:
    (messengerfordesktop:80545): Pango-ERROR **: 13:25:26.301: Harfbuzz version too old (1.2.7)

    any idea

  6. TY from serbia

    work for me
    System: Kernel: 5.4.0-40-generic i686 bits: 32 compiler: gcc v: 7.5.0
    Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8 wm: muffin dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia
    base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic

  7. A person can build themselves a relatively new electron browser just for facebook messenger and make a starter with icon on the desktop.

  8. Hi Kiran,

    It does not work on Ubuntu 20.04. It looks like it’s half-installed. I can see it on “Show Applications”, but I cannot see it “Ubuntu Software” Installed list. I want to uninstall it now, how do I do that? I tried doing it via Terminal “sudo apt remove program-name” but it didn’t work.

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