Facebook Messenger for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Fedora

‘Messenger for Desktop’ is a dedicated application for the Facebook Messenger. The application 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 step-by-step 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 go 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 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’. Looks for ‘Messenger’. When you launch it, the program 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 go 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

Kiran Kumar
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