Package Details: whatsapp-nativefier 2.2206.5-1

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Package Base: whatsapp-nativefier
Description: WhatsApp desktop built with nativefier (electron)
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Licenses: custom
Submitter: frealgagu
Maintainer: frealgagu
Last Packager: frealgagu
Votes: 124
Popularity: 6.17
First Submitted: 2018-12-14 22:30 (UTC)
Last Updated: 2022-02-27 00:26 (UTC)

Pinned Comments

frealgagu commented on 2020-12-05 22:39 (UTC)

I maintain the latest built package at:

saulocastelo commented on 2020-03-29 10:46 (UTC)

Hey guys,

I created the original fix.

And now I share another way to use whatsapp web on nativefier. No code injection required.

Pressing ctrl+shift+i (on Linux) and the Devtools window will open. Then click on Application -> Service Workers And check the option Bypass for network.

Now press ctrl+r to reload. And ctrl+shift+i to close the Devtools.

Whenever you open your whatsapp the problem will occur, but since the Bypass for network option has already been enabled, you only need to press ctrl+shift+i (open devtools), ctrl+r (reload), ctrl+shift+i (close devtools)

@frealgagu, thanks for your work. This package was in my list as one of required apps to be installed after install Arch. I saw your last update ( document.querySelector("a[href='']") ), NICE/GREAT/GOOD!

Another way to do the same in 2 lines: document.querySelector("a[href='']") && navigator.serviceWorker.getRegistration().then(r => r.unregister() && document.location.reload());

Latest Comments

Barbarah72 commented on 2022-05-03 20:01 (UTC)

I'm having this issue where the app crashes every time I get a new message. Any clues?

Anagastes commented on 2022-03-28 18:19 (UTC)

On my KDE desktop I don't a tray icon anymore since the last update. Reinstall didnt worked. silos-whatsapp worked.

Operating System: Manjaro Linux KDE Plasma Version: 5.24.3 KDE Frameworks Version: 5.91.0 Qt Version: 5.15.3 Kernel Version: 5.16.14-1-MANJARO (64-bit) Graphics Platform: X11

frealgagu commented on 2022-03-01 20:39 (UTC)

@titaniumbones have you tried in a web browser, this packages only uses electron as a wrapper for web.whatsapp, I don't think is something related to the package.

titaniumbones commented on 2022-03-01 18:35 (UTC)

as of today's update, I can no no longer link to whatsapp using this build. The silo-whatsapp package works, so I assume there's some issue somewhere in this package. Whatsapp has had a major update so maybe something has changed in the validation code.

Armag67 commented on 2022-02-15 23:17 (UTC) (edited on 2022-02-15 23:18 (UTC) by Armag67)

Since some weeks in KDE and Xfce, whatsapp-nativefier launch popup a dialog box with "Old build detected" as title and "This app was built a long time ago. Nativefier uses the Chrome browser (through electron), and it is insecure to keep using an old version of it. Please upgrade Nativefier and rebuild this app." as text in the box...

XTREEMRAGE commented on 2021-12-10 11:15 (UTC)

On my KDE desktop I don't a tray icon anymore since the last update. KDE plasma version 5.23.3 KDE framework version 5.88.0 Qt version 5.15.2

frealgagu commented on 2021-10-29 04:06 (UTC)

I've made some changes in whatsapp-nativefier-inject.js, could you test using the latest version of nodejs-nativefier?

lockeanarchist commented on 2021-10-12 21:30 (UTC)

Not working anymore

Armag67 commented on 2021-10-03 22:53 (UTC) (edited on 2021-10-03 22:54 (UTC) by Armag67)

For launching whatsapp-nativefier only in tray (without window) I need after each update to use this old trick: Editing /opt/whatsapp-nativefier/resources/app/nativefier.json line "tray": true, to "tray": "start-in-tray", It's very useful when launching whatsapp-nativefier at logging. It could be pinned. Neither whatsapp-nativefier --start-in-tray neither whatsapp-nativefier --tray=start-in-tray are working.

frealgagu commented on 2021-09-30 22:08 (UTC)

Thanks, I've removed the conflicting line in PKGBUILD, please let me know how it works.

Nowaker commented on 2021-09-30 19:02 (UTC)

Update: this PKGBUILD has a line that breaks its injection code. Fix is in Whoever builds it manually should get rid of this line:

  sed -i -e "/loglevel/d" "${srcdir}/${_folder}/resources/app/lib/preload.js"

Nowaker commented on 2021-09-29 00:28 (UTC) (edited on 2021-09-29 00:45 (UTC) by Nowaker)

Attention folks that get the error about Chrome being too old. Here's a dirty but 100% working workaround:

EDIT: I just realized the oneliner from @saulocastelo does exactly the same my 10 step guide does... So never mind. That said, I reported my findings to Nativefier as this appears to be a problem with Nativefier, not our JS inject code.

frealgagu commented on 2021-09-28 16:52 (UTC)

@HMlendea have you tried the saulocastelo approach?

lucasrizzini commented on 2021-09-28 00:19 (UTC) (edited on 2021-09-28 00:19 (UTC) by lucasrizzini)

@vikon, the answer for this issue is pinned here. Check saulocastelo's comment.

vikon commented on 2021-09-28 00:14 (UTC)

Having a problem asking to update Chrome. Can't start the app anymore.

frealgagu commented on 2021-09-17 16:47 (UTC)

@aquilarubra try building in a clean chroot, it works that way for me. Alternatively you can download an already built package from here:

Please don't flag the package as outdated, the method "Bypass for network mentioned in the pinned comments should work to avoid the Google Chrome 60+ issue.

aquilarubra commented on 2021-09-02 19:20 (UTC)

Doesn't build. Error: Failed to locate module "electron-context-menu"

zegkljan commented on 2021-09-02 09:49 (UTC) (edited on 2021-09-02 09:52 (UTC) by zegkljan)

The package build fails for me:

$ makepkg -si
==> Entering fakeroot environment...
==> Starting package()...
sed: can't read /tmp/whatsapp-nativefier/src//resources/app/lib/preload.js: No such file or directory
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in package().

It works if I use print $8 instead of print $9 on lines 44 and 45 of PKGBUILD, or if I drop the awk completely and use just ls without -l. Why is ls -l used instead of just ls anyway? None of the extra info is utilized.

frealgagu commented on 2021-08-16 17:33 (UTC)

@tywyqu Application is shown in tray? that's the correct way to close the app.

tywyqu commented on 2021-08-11 18:41 (UTC)

App continues to work in background after force closing it. Any way to elegantly kill it?

rixx commented on 2021-08-05 09:35 (UTC)

My current state is that with the pinned workaround, I get a "Browser not supported" message, and without it, I get the update prompt ("WhatsApp works with Google Chrome 60+"). Does anybody have a solution for this?

frealgagu commented on 2021-07-09 23:22 (UTC)

@jaro3 what AUR helper are you using? it looks like an error caused in package nodejs-nativefier, not in this. Error is clear that yargs only supports nodejs greater than 12, so, you need to install a nodejs version accordingly.

jaro3 commented on 2021-07-01 06:31 (UTC) (edited on 2021-07-01 06:32 (UTC) by jaro3)

doesn't build ;-;

Error: yargs supports a minimum Node.js version of 12. Read our version support policy:
    at Object.<anonymous> (/usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/yargs/build/index.cjs:1:55294)
    at Module._compile (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:778:30)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:789:10)
    at Module.load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:653:32)
    at tryModuleLoad (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:593:12)
    at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:585:3)
    at Module.require (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:692:17)
    at require (internal/modules/cjs/helpers.js:25:18)
    at Object.<anonymous> (/usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/yargs/index.cjs:5:30)
    at Module._compile (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:778:30)
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in build().

nodejs-nativefier 44.0.2-2 is installed

Superjolly002 commented on 2021-06-26 11:06 (UTC)

Hi, today I get a particular error: onReady ERROR Error: ERR_FAILED (-2) loading '' at rejectAndCleanup (electron/js2c/browser_init.js:213:985) at Object.stopLoadingListener (electron/js2c/browser_init.js:213:1360) at Object.emit (events.js:315:20) { errno: -2, code: 'ERR_FAILED', url: '' }

Someone know what can I do?

awilliamson commented on 2021-06-25 18:36 (UTC)

As of 2.2121.6-1 I now get 'Unsupported Browser'. This was the change which set the browser agent to Safari. "Bypass for Network" fix from previous issues doesn't fix this one. Any suggestions?

Cantello commented on 2021-06-21 14:01 (UTC)

Thanks for this package! Any way to get unread badges on KDE?

Destac commented on 2021-06-10 15:52 (UTC)

I've signed up just to thank this fucking wonderful community.

Thank you very much for finding the solution to "What's App works with Google Chrome 60+"

@nate_x thanks to you I solved it. Thank you very much =)

matejdro commented on 2021-06-02 11:51 (UTC)

Isn't that security issue though?

rien333 commented on 2021-05-29 15:35 (UTC) (edited on 2021-05-29 15:48 (UTC) by rien333)

The spellchecking capability is nice, but does anyone know if there's option to change the language somehow?

EDIT: See documentation. Perhaps it would be possible to insert this into whatsapp-nativefier-inject.js, and then check what lanuages someone is using at "build-time"?

frealgagu commented on 2021-05-16 13:53 (UTC)

@ector try cleaning the yay cache folder, if problem persists, try removing the user npm folder. If none of those helps you, you have two options, make a clean chroot compilation or download the generated package from

ector commented on 2021-05-16 09:26 (UTC) (edited on 2021-05-16 09:30 (UTC) by ector)

Hi,have this errors whit yay

at Module._compile (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:1109:14) at Object.Module._extensions..js (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:1138:10) ==> ERROR: A failure occurred in build().



jrabensc commented on 2021-05-06 05:33 (UTC)

Any news on the "Old build detected" issue?

verge36 commented on 2021-04-19 12:09 (UTC) (edited on 2021-05-17 13:24 (UTC) by verge36)

Is there a way to enable the tray icon?

Edit:Seems to be fixed now.

theRealCarneiro commented on 2021-04-01 14:25 (UTC) (edited on 2021-05-18 11:04 (UTC) by theRealCarneiro)

If you remove the --browserwindow-options '{ "webPreferences": { "spellcheck": true } }' it works perfectly

Edit: After the latest update this method does not work anymore, the only way i managed to get it working was through the devtools method

matejdro commented on 2021-03-29 15:59 (UTC) (edited on 2021-03-29 16:20 (UTC) by matejdro)

On startup, whatsapp-nativefier now complains about "Old build detected. This app was built a long time ago."

EDIT: Made a PR to resolve that.

Alterego commented on 2021-02-18 11:05 (UTC)

Any way to keep the same window size? at each start it resets

nate_x commented on 2021-02-12 09:39 (UTC) (edited on 2021-02-14 14:18 (UTC) by nate_x)

An easy workaround for the "What's App works with Google Chrome 60+" issue is to open Devtools panel (ctrl+shift+i) then follow these steps:

  • click on Application -> Service Workers and check the option Bypass for network ( this step was described by @saulcastelo )

  • then navigate to More tools > Network conditions and at User Agent uncheck "Select automatically" and choose another user agent from the list. (I am currently getting good results with the "Firefox -- Windows" option, but this might change at some point).

Now Ctrl+R and closing the developers tools (Ctrl+Shift+i).

Ctrl+shift+i then Ctrl+r is still required occasionally when all that is shown is a blank screen.

jtheoof commented on 2021-02-10 02:54 (UTC)

I am getting the following error as well:

"What's App works with Google Chrome 60+"

Workaround is to use the web client on any browser.

frealgagu commented on 2021-01-17 20:36 (UTC)

@nursoda nativefier uses electron as browser, however web.whatsapp don't recognize it as an up-to-date browser. At the beginning an injector was used to avoid those warnings and bypass them. But that script is not working anymore. However you can use what saulocastelo said in order to maintain rhe configuration:

Pressing ctrl+shift+i (on Linux) and the Devtools window will open. Then click on Application -> Service Workers And check the option Bypass for network.

Now press ctrl+r to reload. And ctrl+shift+i to close the Devtools.

Whenever you open your whatsapp the problem will occur, but since the Bypass for network option has already been enabled, you only need to press ctrl+shift+i (open devtools), ctrl+r (reload), ctrl+shift+i (close devtools)

nursoda commented on 2021-01-16 22:16 (UTC)

I dared to click on "WhatsApp is outdated, click here to update" today. In the past this did something what to my didn't change anything but today I got a screen "Update your browser" (which if clicked, opens the systems default browser). Restarting doesn't bring back the normal view, only deleting the profile and setting the app up from scratch. What exactly is "outdated"? How to suppress that warning and link? How to revert from that screen without losing all config?

jfernandz commented on 2020-12-26 10:32 (UTC)

@frealgagu the system tray owns to polybar

frealgagu commented on 2020-12-24 19:33 (UTC)

@jfernandz what Desktop Environment are you using?

jfernandz commented on 2020-12-18 23:45 (UTC)

I haven't got the system tray icon either, is there a way to enable it?

frealgagu commented on 2020-12-15 05:24 (UTC)

@syrenity yes, inject is not working always. Try to do what @saulicastelo suggest, I think is the best workaround until now. Once you have the service worker bypass for network you only have to Ctrl+Shift+I then Ctrl+R and finally Ctrl+Shift+I when error message appears.

If somebody finds a better solution, please let me know and I'll update the package.

syrenity commented on 2020-12-14 22:18 (UTC)

Tried the version here, still getting the Chrome error :(

frealgagu commented on 2020-12-05 22:39 (UTC)

I maintain the latest built package at:

euzao commented on 2020-12-03 05:04 (UTC) (edited on 2020-12-03 11:13 (UTC) by euzao)

The Chrome error appeared again and there is no tray icon (using XFCE). Now it demands a higher version of Chrome (version number 60)

damico commented on 2020-11-10 11:31 (UTC) (edited on 2020-11-10 11:32 (UTC) by damico)

I'm getting this error when trying to update

==> Checking buildtime dependencies...
==> WARNING: Using existing $srcdir/ tree
==> Starting build()...
/usr/local/bin/node: /usr/local/bin/node: cannot execute binary file
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in build().
error making: whatsapp-nativefier

Please, help me fix this?

asolopovas commented on 2020-10-19 21:10 (UTC)

Chrome Update error... too

timofonic commented on 2020-09-17 10:40 (UTC)

Chrome Update error...

capoeira commented on 2020-09-14 10:50 (UTC)

my "solution" for the Chrome update error is having this, QtWaw and Ferdi installed. Ferdi always works; I use it when the ther 2 fail at the same time

jc-aur commented on 2020-09-13 02:24 (UTC)

@MrAureliusR did you add the preload.js when you compiled the application? It is working fine for me right now

MrAureliusR commented on 2020-09-12 21:10 (UTC)

Having the same Google Chrome update error. I'm assuming the package maintainer just needs to make a few changes to the way the package is compiled, I'm sure it'll get resolved fairly soon.

syrenity commented on 2020-09-12 17:55 (UTC)

Got Chrome Upgrade error again, any way to fix it?

girxchin commented on 2020-09-10 23:44 (UTC) (edited on 2020-09-10 23:46 (UTC) by girxchin)

Used to have that 49+ chrome update problem, but it was solved by itself. now i got two issues: 1. It freezes randomly, letting me watch his key prompt blinking but completely unusable. 2. no tray icon. (i3wm, polybar).

omertuc commented on 2020-09-09 18:50 (UTC)

Seems like the tray problems are due to Chromium (and thus Electron and thus Nativefier) dropping support for xembed tray. This support was restored downstream in Electron, starting from version 9.0.3.

However, this package is pinned on Electron version 9.0.2. If the maintainers could bump it to the latest version or just 9.0.3 it would fix the problem (at-least for me, the problem was i3 not having support for StatusNotifierItem. It also seems Polybar doesn't support them as well).

je-vv commented on 2020-09-09 18:09 (UTC)

It looks like whatsapp-nativefier-inject.js is failing on me again after upgrading nodejs-nativefier to 10.1.0, but I'm not sure if that's just a coincidence. So again, no connection, but the google chrome big message...

Alborto commented on 2020-09-09 06:43 (UTC)

I have the same issue of the try bar disappearing after the lock of the session on gnome. I used --electron-version 9.0.2 but it seems to not work anymore. Any fix?

osdamv commented on 2020-09-01 13:57 (UTC)

Yes, it looks like it happens when you lock your session on gnome

tortilla commented on 2020-09-01 07:33 (UTC)

Anyone else having issues with the icon not appearing in the tray?

vmsh0 commented on 2020-08-25 07:49 (UTC)

Broken again for me.

aquilarubra commented on 2020-08-17 08:25 (UTC)

I solved the Google Chrome 49+ error with:
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/chromium /usr/bin/chrome
This in case you don't have Chrome, but Chromium, which I think is for most users.

je-vv commented on 2020-08-12 18:08 (UTC) (edited on 2020-08-12 21:10 (UTC) by je-vv)

@aarestu, where should one place that piece of code, so that it becomes persisten?

capoeira commented on 2020-08-12 12:57 (UTC)

first time I get "WhatsApp works with Google Chrome 49+" on this and qtWaw at the same time

aarestu commented on 2020-08-12 03:33 (UTC)

function recheck () {
        if (document.querySelector("a[href='']")) {
                navigator.serviceWorker.getRegistration().then((registration) => {
        setTimeout(recheck, 5000); // callback


this workaround worked for me

lockeanarchist commented on 2020-08-12 02:34 (UTC) (edited on 2020-08-12 02:34 (UTC) by lockeanarchist)

Created a package to disable the tray in whatsapp-nativefier

omertuc commented on 2020-07-29 09:21 (UTC) (edited on 2020-07-29 10:41 (UTC) by omertuc)

For some reason it looks like the whatsapp-nativefier-inject.js script doesn't do its job.

For now, this is a workaround:

  • Press ctrl + shift + i
  • Follow the instructions in the pinned comment OR Paste this in the console (these are the contents of the injected script):
if (document.querySelector("a[href='']")) {
        navigator.serviceWorker.getRegistration().then((registration) => {

irvelervel commented on 2020-07-29 07:22 (UTC)

I can confirm the chrome update message.

dries007 commented on 2020-07-29 07:13 (UTC)

I suspect some magic is needed to get this working again. After the last update (today) I get a notification that a chrome update is required.

"WhatsApp works with Google Chrome 49+" "To use WhatsApp, update Crome or use ..."

stefnix commented on 2020-07-29 00:26 (UTC)

There's a message that says WhatsApp works with Google Chrome 49+

matejdro commented on 2020-07-27 05:17 (UTC) (edited on 2020-07-27 05:30 (UTC) by matejdro)

Build seems to fail with the following error:

ls: cannot access '/var/tmp/pamac-build-matejd/whatsapp-nativefier/src/07:15': No such file or directory

sed: can't read /var/tmp/pamac-build-matejd/whatsapp-nativefier/src/07:15/resources/app/lib/preload.js: No such file or directory

Weirldy enough, it seems to be building in folder that has the same name than current time?

EDIT: I've examined PKGBUILD and script seems to be parsing exactly eight column ot the ls -l output. This is fine in most cases, but in my system is joined into domain, so it has additional column next to user and group. So, 8th column is the current time, while 9th column is actually the name of the folder.

Armag67 commented on 2020-07-26 21:00 (UTC)

Hello, Since a recent update of whatsapp-nativefier, the text and avatars have gotten a lot bigger which is very ugly on a large screen. Is this normal? I am on Manjaro Linux 20.0.3 Xfce.

vmsh0 commented on 2020-07-22 18:36 (UTC)

I second and extend Sgt_Skinner's request: I would like a method to disable the tray icon entirely.

Sgt_Skinner commented on 2020-07-17 17:20 (UTC)

Hi, I don't know if I should ask this here. Can you please add an option to close WhatsApp without having to right click the icon in the system tray?

mac_arch commented on 2020-07-10 16:12 (UTC) (edited on 2020-07-12 02:17 (UTC) by mac_arch)

I am having a problem in here:

When I fix the icon in the system tray with: --electron-version 9.0.2 \

the problem with Tray icon left click behavior problem arise, so I use the fix --electron-version 9.0.3 \ but icon dissappears again.

Any way of having these two issues solved?

sispus commented on 2020-07-08 16:44 (UTC)

Tray icon left click behavior won't work properly. To fix, this should be added to the nativefier command after --name line in the PKGBUILD: --electron-version 9.0.2 \

franciscocpg commented on 2020-07-08 14:39 (UTC)


I'm the maintainer of the package Just want to inform that I'm deprecating that package in favor of this one because now WhatsApp has released the option to use the dark theme. Just go to settings -> theme and choose the dark theme.

frealgagu commented on 2020-06-19 15:57 (UTC)

@bakgwailo I don't understand why the bug continues appearing to you. The fix in dark version you mentioned was adjusted also in this version two months before than the dark version (thanks to @The-Compiler).

Please try to uninstall the package completely then removes the temporal files and verify that the folder /opt/whatsapp-nativefier/ is either empty or non-existent. Then install it again and check if the issue continues.

bakgwailo commented on 2020-06-19 04:31 (UTC)

So, I think in the dark version they fixed the Chrome upgrade message in this commit:

I get it probably every day at this point, and have to go into dev tools and clear the cache/reload the page to get it working again (which almost always then requires a re-auth).

sispus commented on 2020-06-05 10:25 (UTC) (edited on 2020-06-05 23:19 (UTC) by sispus)

I still can't get notifications.

edit: its a nativefier problem. after build, doing 'sed -i "s/const newNotify =.*/const newNotify = function (title, opt) {/" YOUR_DIRECTORY/resources/app/lib/preload.js' fixes it.

nemSoma commented on 2020-05-29 07:16 (UTC) (edited on 2020-05-29 07:17 (UTC) by nemSoma)

The tray icon disappears on GNOME after locking and unlocking the screen. See this issue on Github: There is a solution at the end of the page. This should be added to the nativefier command in the PKGBUILD: --electron-version 7.2.4

Capayo commented on 2020-05-13 12:07 (UTC) (edited on 2020-05-13 12:08 (UTC) by Capayo)

I was unable to build the package, as a source file was missing:

sed: can't read /home/q/AUR/whatsapp-nativefier/src/whats-app-linux-x64/resources/app/lib/preload.js: No such file or directory
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in package().

Removing sed -i -e "/loglevel/d" "${srcdir}/${_folder}/resources/app/lib/preload.js" from the PKGBUILD fixed it for me.

bakgwailo commented on 2020-05-07 03:52 (UTC)

Seems not to work now and asks to upgrade to Chrome 49.

Mininux commented on 2020-05-04 13:38 (UTC)

I have the same problem as @sispus (on kde too) but on true Arch

devl_archer commented on 2020-05-04 13:15 (UTC)

would be great as mentioned by @bakgwailo to add spellcheck support in the build:

diff --git a/PKGBUILD b/PKGBUILD
index 59b8809..b8c7589 100644
@@ -33,6 +33,7 @@ build() {
     --verbose \
     --single-instance \
     --tray \
+    --browserwindow-options '{ "webPreferences": { "spellcheck": true } }' \

Also is there a way to autom. enable the local dictionaries? By default for me only en_US was listed in ~/.config/whatsapp-nativefier-d40211/Preferences?

bakgwailo commented on 2020-04-30 02:32 (UTC)

Any chance we could get:

--browserwindow-options '{ "webPreferences": { "spellcheck": true } }' \

added into the package build? It enables spell checking now that it is supported in electron.

rafael.castellar commented on 2020-04-14 11:16 (UTC)

Same thing as @willspoke: there is no tray icon for whatsapp. Any suggestion?

sispus commented on 2020-04-08 10:26 (UTC)

In manjaro kde no notification is sent. also notifications configuration window is not listing it among the applications. Notification sound works. I have had libindicator-gtk3 already, for another application.

saulocastelo commented on 2020-03-29 10:46 (UTC)

Hey guys,

I created the original fix.

And now I share another way to use whatsapp web on nativefier. No code injection required.

Pressing ctrl+shift+i (on Linux) and the Devtools window will open. Then click on Application -> Service Workers And check the option Bypass for network.

Now press ctrl+r to reload. And ctrl+shift+i to close the Devtools.

Whenever you open your whatsapp the problem will occur, but since the Bypass for network option has already been enabled, you only need to press ctrl+shift+i (open devtools), ctrl+r (reload), ctrl+shift+i (close devtools)

@frealgagu, thanks for your work. This package was in my list as one of required apps to be installed after install Arch. I saw your last update ( document.querySelector("a[href='']") ), NICE/GREAT/GOOD!

Another way to do the same in 2 lines: document.querySelector("a[href='']") && navigator.serviceWorker.getRegistration().then(r => r.unregister() && document.location.reload());

gh0stzk commented on 2020-03-28 22:46 (UTC)

in cinnamon you need to go to options, general and activate indicators compatibility. And yes there is no notifications.

XTREEMRAGE commented on 2020-03-28 18:44 (UTC)

@xavery: Do you also have something for the notifications, it doesn't show up (the notification) if I get a message. For my xfce desktop I use the following: xfce4-notifyd Notification service.

gh0stzk commented on 2020-03-28 15:32 (UTC)

Im on cinnamon, and there is no tray icon.. what app indicator i need to install?

XTREEMRAGE commented on 2020-03-28 09:48 (UTC)

@xavery: Thanks that worked!

XAVeRY commented on 2020-03-27 18:05 (UTC)

@XTREEMRAGE : newer Electron versions have switched to using the newer "AppIndicator" status bar. Install xfce4-statusnotifier-plugin from AUR and add it to your panel. The component itself is named "Status Notifier Plugin".

@frealgagu : perhaps a message prompting the users to install AppIndicator status bars in their DE/WMs at install time would be in order?

XTREEMRAGE commented on 2020-03-27 17:44 (UTC) (edited on 2020-03-27 17:57 (UTC) by XTREEMRAGE)

Since the last 2 updates, I don't have a tray icon anymore in my XFCE environment. It does not show, does someone know where I can dig into for XFCE 4.14?

willspoke commented on 2020-03-27 02:48 (UTC)

@je-vv, good to know. I will look into this. Thankd you so much!

je-vv commented on 2020-03-27 01:11 (UTC)

@willspoke, it used to show up on the legacy tray, but now it does on the now so called notification area on LXQt (it's like the modern tray) Not sure if somehow that affects legacy trays at all. I think it's a electron thing, since now Signal and whatsapp both changed from legacy tray to new notification area Assuming also you didn't change the default tray option to false (I have it set to start-in-tray).

willspoke commented on 2020-03-26 22:33 (UTC)

I am using i3, and on previous versions of this package, I would normally see a tray icon for whatsapp, but it is not showing for me at the moment. Does anybody else have this issue?

XAVeRY commented on 2020-03-26 17:14 (UTC)

@shadowed87 glad it works for you as well. And thanks to the maintainer for including this fix in the PKGBUILD.

shadowed87 commented on 2020-03-26 12:10 (UTC)

@xavery this fix is magic! Finally it works all the times!

XAVeRY commented on 2020-03-25 21:53 (UTC)

@je-vv As I said, I have no idea what disabling this module does. I assume that, at worst, the JavaScript console simply won't have debug messages which aren't relevant to users anyway. Personally, I'm putting this package on hold in my system until something breaks.

je-vv commented on 2020-03-25 21:04 (UTC)

@xavery, what you suggested does work for me as well. It shows the chrome 49+ for a second or so (I'd guess it'll depend on the CPU), and then it connects to the phone as usual... Is it dangerous to get it integrated into the AUR PKGBUILD? Thanks !

XAVeRY commented on 2020-03-25 20:54 (UTC) (edited on 2020-03-25 20:54 (UTC) by XAVeRY)

Add this line at the end of build() in PKGBUILD :

sed -i -e '/loglevel/d' WhatsApp-linux-x64/resources/app/lib/preload.js

I have no idea about JavaScript or if this doesn't break something half-important, but the app seems to work for me now.

je-vv commented on 2020-03-25 20:24 (UTC)

Well, I was not getting the "Whatsapp works with Google Chrome 49+" until after whatsapp-nativefier upgraded to 0.4.1307-1. Now I have to remove the whatsapp stuff under .config and recognize the application QR on the phone, each time I want to launch whatsapp-nativefier, otherwise I get the error, :( Has anyone found a work around?

frealgagu commented on 2020-03-25 17:36 (UTC)

@The-Compiler thanks, I've included the script you suggested @kaefert @ErkiDerLoony I've added unzip as a make dependency, althought is strange as I always build the package in a clean chroot.

The-Compiler commented on 2020-03-24 18:29 (UTC)

I just saw the change to support multiple languages in whatsapp-nativefier-inject.js - perhaps a better workaround would be to check for something on the page which doesn't change between languages, e.g. the link to the Chromium help page? Here's what I did for my own project:

kaefert commented on 2020-03-22 15:00 (UTC)

had the LICENSE error too, first I tried uncommenting the install LICENSE line, that made the installation run through but no binary got installed either.

Then I looked a bit deeper and found that some unzipping failed and saw the comment of @ErikDerLoony about unzip missing as a dependency. Added that and now the install worked fine and it could be started afterwards.

commented on 2020-03-20 13:24 (UTC)

Yes, me too.

sispus commented on 2020-03-20 11:00 (UTC)

I get "WhatsApp works with Chrome 49+" only. Cleaning the app data and relogin helps at first, then the warning comes back.

cvmd commented on 2020-03-18 18:30 (UTC) (edited on 2020-03-18 18:30 (UTC) by cvmd)

For me, makepkg fails with:

install: cannot stat '/XXX/whatsapp-nativefier/pkg/whatsapp-nativefier/opt/whatsapp-nativefier/LICENSE': No such file or directory

Anyone know where to get the LICENSE from?


ErkiDerLoony commented on 2020-03-18 10:53 (UTC)

Great package, thanks! Just one comment: You are missing unzip as a build dependency. Otherwise the build will fail in a clean chroot.

Wattswing commented on 2020-03-14 09:53 (UTC) (edited on 2020-03-14 09:58 (UTC) by Wattswing)

I just installed this package, thanks for the build.

As many may have encountered this issue in many electron apps on Linux (or even Chrome/Chromium package) there is a way of disabling gpu acceleration (if needed).

Simply adds --disable-gpu flag.

I found the MR talking about it there.

thomas.oster commented on 2020-03-13 06:29 (UTC)

I can confirm the wrong checksum. But even after ignoring it and building, I Just get "WhatsApp works with Chrome 49+"... Is the User Agent setting wrong?

acxz commented on 2020-03-13 05:47 (UTC)

With the new update the installation is failing for me because of an incorrect checksum hash for whatsapp-nativefier-inject.js.

Alterego commented on 2020-02-24 15:46 (UTC)

I get a pixelated icon on Plank dock, can you fix it please? :)

Draghi commented on 2020-02-11 08:16 (UTC)

Any chance for multi-language support? :)

hjr commented on 2020-02-10 20:39 (UTC)

Thanks @frealgagu all smooth and slick again ;-)

frealgagu commented on 2020-02-10 15:50 (UTC)

@hjr Please verify and let me know what is happenning. The PKGBUILD should be working for WhatsApp and whats-app binary names.

hjr commented on 2020-02-09 10:43 (UTC)

@frealgagu it is the makepkg not running. When I change the cp .. line to install the src/.. dump I get a package, but plasma does not find WhatsApp. It does run flawless when called from a commandline. Something chahged with the apps name like WhatsApp to whats-app and/or also with the installation path. Have not yet tracked all the occurencies to fix.

frealgagu commented on 2020-02-08 16:35 (UTC)

@ector @hjr do you have the last version of nodejs-natifier installed? I think the folder name changes according to the version of nativefier

ector commented on 2020-02-08 14:26 (UTC)

same problem

App built to /tmp/yaourt-tmp-ettore/aur-whatsapp-nativefier/src/whats-app-linux-x64 ==> Entering fakeroot environment... ==> Starting package()... cp: cannot stat '/tmp/yaourt-tmp-ettore/aur-whatsapp-nativefier/src/WhatsApp-linux-*': No such file or directory ==> ERROR: A failure occurred in package(). Aborting...

hjr commented on 2020-02-07 20:53 (UTC)

Since the update on 1-30 makepkg does not run successfully any more.

==> Start package()... cp: Call stat on '/home/hjr/.cache/pacaur/whatsapp-nativefier/src/WhatsApp-linux-*' is not possible: File or directory not found

And, yes, there is a file like "whats-app-linux-x64". The source tar ball changed and does not fit any more to the PKGBUILD. Can only be a tiny fix, but I am not sure how to best workaround it.

Draghi commented on 2020-02-02 12:42 (UTC) (edited on 2020-02-12 14:54 (UTC) by Draghi)

whatsapp-nativefier-inject.js is not multi-language. Please replace it with something like:

if (document.body.innerHTML.replace(/\n/g, ' ').search(/class="landing-title version-title"/i) !== -1) navigator.serviceWorker.getRegistration().then(function (r) { r.unregister(); document.location.reload() });

@deathye Remove --tray from PKGBUILD.

lockeanarchist commented on 2020-02-01 16:56 (UTC)

how to disable the tray?

zuzavo commented on 2020-01-29 13:53 (UTC) (edited on 2020-01-29 18:13 (UTC) by zuzavo)

Related to my last comment, if someone have the same problem,deleting the entire ~/.config/whats-app-nativefier-d52542 only works until the next restart. As a work around , search the "Service Worker" folder in your /home/.config/whats-app-nativefier-d52542 and change the write and execute permissions to none.

zuzavo commented on 2020-01-29 03:57 (UTC) (edited on 2020-01-29 04:08 (UTC) by zuzavo)

Today (or I've discover it today) appears a warning that forces you to install chrome 49+ or use any desktop version of whatsapp. In any case blocks this app.

rien333 commented on 2020-01-28 21:11 (UTC)


All right, that rids of the error, but doesn't solve it totally. "/opt/${pkgname}/whats-app" (on line 42) also doesn't exist. /opt/whatsapp-nativefier/WhatsApp, does however.

eugen-b commented on 2020-01-28 20:49 (UTC)

According to line 41 in PKGBUILD should be changed to cp -rL "${srcdir}/WhatsApp-linux-"* "${pkgdir}/opt/${pkgname}"

rien333 commented on 2020-01-28 19:31 (UTC) (edited on 2020-01-28 19:31 (UTC) by rien333)

I'm getting an error during pkg() (from the first cp in the function):

==> Starting package()...
cp: cannot stat '/tmp/makepkg/whatsapp-nativefier/src/whats-app-linux-*': No such file ordirectory
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in package().
Error making: whatsapp-nativefier

tuxitop commented on 2019-12-12 21:24 (UTC)

It is required to install libindicator-gtk3 to view the system tray icon (using the appIndicator-support plugin). Could you please add it as an optional dependency?

aki-ks commented on 2019-11-25 19:20 (UTC) (edited on 2019-11-26 18:42 (UTC) by aki-ks)

I also get the 'wrong chrome version' warning when I start WhatsApp. I've worked around by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+I to open the chrome developer console and execute the following javascript

navigator.serviceWorker.getRegistration().then(r => { r.unregister(); document.location.reload() });

nudl3r commented on 2019-11-13 06:45 (UTC) (edited on 2019-11-13 06:47 (UTC) by nudl3r)

I have the same problem as @wyre stated below. whatsapp detects a "wrong chrome version" but after deleting ~/.config/whats-app-nativefier-d52542/ and reconnecting whatsapp web, it works again until the next restart.

jfernandz commented on 2019-11-08 16:33 (UTC) (edited on 2019-11-08 16:34 (UTC) by jfernandz)

I have to delete ~/.config/whats-app-nativefier-d52542/ every time I start whatsapp. Why is happening that? Could be fixed?

Armag67 commented on 2019-10-06 19:46 (UTC)

Hello dixi_minga,

It is only when Whatsapp is maximized before closing the app that it open in a window at the next launch (it is the same with Signal since last update of electron) and it could be an electron bug.

I'm on latest Manjaro Xfce stable.

dixi_minga commented on 2019-10-02 20:14 (UTC)

@Armag67: thanks for the reminder

but for me it works: {"name":"whats-app",..,"tray":"start-in-tray",...,"darwinDarkModeSupport":false}

mcgll commented on 2019-09-30 16:55 (UTC)

sudo chown root chrome-sandbox
chmod 4755 chrome-sandbox

Armag67 commented on 2019-09-30 11:43 (UTC) (edited on 2019-09-30 11:44 (UTC) by Armag67)


With today upgrade, /opt/whatsapp-nativefier/resources/app/nativefier.json change from "tray":false (or "tray":true) to "tray":"start-in-tray" does not work anymore, Whatsapp always opens in window or in full screen, but not in systray only.

tuxitop commented on 2019-09-22 19:54 (UTC)

why are you installing the files with 755 permission. why should those files have execute permission?

nudl3r commented on 2019-09-17 13:23 (UTC)

It does not work anymore because whatsapp web shows a wrong chrome version error when launching whatsapp-nativefier.

Looks like the nativefier build command is outdated. People on GitHub got it working again by adding --clear-cache and using electron version 6.0.9 (-e).

@frealgagu could you please update the PKGBUILD script? Thanks a lot!

jemadux commented on 2019-08-28 10:00 (UTC)

whatsapp-nativefier [21539:0828/] The SUID sandbox helper binary was found, but is not configured correctly. Rather than run without sandboxing I'm aborting now. You need to make sure that /opt/whatsapp-nativefier/chrome-sandbox is owned by root and has mode 4755. Παγίδα Trace/breakpoint (core dumped)

Raketenjoint commented on 2019-08-20 07:17 (UTC)

When I play voice recordings, I do not get any sound. A sink pops up in pavucontrol but it does not have any volume. Notification sounds are played properly in comparison.

frealgagu commented on 2019-08-04 02:11 (UTC)

@yoburtu Try to use makepkg directly and tell me what happens.

yoburtu commented on 2019-07-03 08:56 (UTC)

The package can't be created:

/tmp/yaourt-tmp-user/aur-whatsapp-nativefier/./PKGBUILD: line 44: 19177 Aborted (core dumped) convert "${srcdir}/${pkgname}.png" -resize "${_size}" "${pkgdir}/usr/share/icons/hicolor/${_size}/apps/${pkgname}.png" ==> ERROR: A failure occurred in package(). Aborting... ==> ERROR: Makepkg was unable to build whatsapp-nativefier. ==> Restart building whatsapp-nativefier ? [y/N]

Freso commented on 2019-05-28 19:34 (UTC)

Remember to bump $pkgrel when you edit the PKGBUILD—in a way that changes the resulting package—without increasing $pkgver

gargakumar commented on 2019-05-26 20:16 (UTC) (edited on 2019-05-26 20:16 (UTC) by gargakumar)

Hi this package is causing issues with some docks apps like plank (icon not showing properly). Package whatsapp-nativefier.desktop reads StartupWMClass=whatsapp-nativefier however window class reported by wmctrl is "whats-app-nativefier-d52542". This apparently confuses plank. Changing the *.desktop file to StartupWMClass=whats-app-nativefier-d52542 fixes temporarily the issue... until next AUR update. Is there a way to properly fix this ? Thanks.

Freso commented on 2019-05-13 09:55 (UTC)

I’d prefer if frealgagu doesn’t implement this, however, it is easy to clone a PKGBUILD and maintain it locally using git. Just git fetch and git merge when there’s an update on AUR. I do this for a couple of PKGBUILDs where I want to tweak the defaults.

Frikinux commented on 2019-05-13 07:10 (UTC)

@je-vv Yeap! The only way that I believe... it's that the Maintainer edit the PKGBUILD with this option.

je-vv commented on 2019-05-12 23:12 (UTC)

@Frikinux, sorry about that. I didn't remember about back then. Yes, I tried then, and I'm currently using the 1st option. I didn't like them back then because none of them is permanent, for the 1st one, I have to remember to modify the PKGBUILD when upgrading, and for the 2nd one, that json gets overwritten on upgrade as well (it gives the chance to edit it after the upgrade, but you still have to remember to do it).

Is there a way to have a ~/ config file overwriting just that parameter? Or, is there a way to make both options available through a wrapper applying the corresponding configuration? So far it's a configuration in a json file, I'm wondering if it might be an argument instead, that has precedence over the json file.

Any ways, I guess for you "start-in-tray" by default is not an option, right?

Frikinux commented on 2019-05-12 14:04 (UTC) (edited on 2019-05-12 14:08 (UTC) by Frikinux)

@je-vv On 2019-02-03 I answered this same question. Yes you can. You can not forget to put the quotes in the argument.

Before installing, modify in PKGBUILD as nativefier option: --tray "start-in-tray" \

Or... Once installed, edit the file:


and change "tray":false for "tray":"start-in-tray" (with quotes)

je-vv commented on 2019-05-12 00:03 (UTC) (edited on 2019-05-12 00:09 (UTC) by je-vv)

BTW, according to nativefier-api-tray, it's possible. However I applied whatsapp-nativefier --tray start-in-tray without any success... But looking at the PKGBUILD, it seems nativefier has to be called with the argument for --tray. Would it be possible to nativefy whatsapp with that?

je-vv commented on 2019-05-11 23:58 (UTC)

Is there a way to start whatsapp-nativefier on tray (iconified on tray), like --start-in-tray? Is it possible to create a wrapper around whatsapp-nativefier to achieve that?

PF71 commented on 2019-04-15 12:50 (UTC) (edited on 2019-04-15 13:46 (UTC) by PF71)

@frealgagu Thanks for the insight, guess I'll stick to browser WA Web for now until nativefier can support extensions.

EDIT: I've found a workaround! I exported the CSS code of my chosen Stylish styles and then injected it in a new nativefier.

frealgagu commented on 2019-04-15 04:25 (UTC)

@PF71 this package does not run over Chrome, it runs over electron, nativefier encapsulates electron pointing to a specified url. I don't think stylish works over electron, so I guess that what you suggest is not possible.

Please visit and you will have an idea of how nativiefier works.

PF71 commented on 2019-04-14 23:56 (UTC)

@frealgagu Thanks for creating this package, it makes life easier by not having to open a browser tab for WA Web.

However, I like to use WA Web on Firefox using themes/skins or other CSS customizations from Stylish ( Is there any way a Stylish extension can be used on whatsapp-nativefier like on a browser?

Another question, would you consider making a nativefier that runs on Mozilla's Gecko engine instead of Chrome?

frealgagu commented on 2019-04-13 21:05 (UTC)

@saulocastelo The fix is working. Thanks for your collaboration.

saulocastelo commented on 2019-04-12 21:57 (UTC)

@benelexau fixed. Just wait the next update.

@freaigagu just change

if (document.body.innerText.replace(/\n/g, ' ').search(/whatsapp works use whatsapp.update/i) === 0)


if (document.body.innerText.replace(/\n/g, ' ').search(/whatsapp works use whatsapp.update/i) !== -1)

Live long and prosper!

mark commented on 2019-04-12 15:13 (UTC)

@fxhm It works, thanks!

fxhm commented on 2019-04-12 08:13 (UTC)

@mark I had the same issue. Scroll a bit down and take a look at the solutions: "rm -rf ~/.config/whats-app-nativefier-*"

mark commented on 2019-04-11 17:43 (UTC) (edited on 2019-04-11 18:08 (UTC) by mark)

After the latest whatsapp update it states "WhatsApp works with Google Chrome 36+", the same error what urged me to use this package.

I've updated all other packages, what else should I try?

frealgagu commented on 2019-04-11 04:45 (UTC)

Hi @saulocastelo off course. I had given the credits to @Frikinux who had provided the solution in a comment on December. I hadn't visited the bug thread in github and even noticed you had created the solution for this. Thank you. It helps a lot to not keep removing and reconfiguring each time that application starts.

saulocastelo commented on 2019-04-10 23:48 (UTC) (edited on 2019-04-10 23:51 (UTC) by saulocastelo)

Hi, @benalexau I'm the fix author. I will see this, soon as possible. The bug thread

@frealgagu please, next package give the credits.

frealgagu commented on 2019-04-01 14:38 (UTC)

@gambas It's strange, try removing the folder ~/.config/whats-app-nativifier-* and reinstalling the package.

gambas commented on 2019-03-31 13:44 (UTC)

the systray icon have disappeared for me? it's blank instead. using plasma manjaro

frealgagu commented on 2019-03-26 18:45 (UTC)

@Freso I have no idea how to remove the notification about the update available. If anyone knows how to remove it, please let me know. Don't flag the package as out of date for this reason.

benalexau commented on 2019-03-18 23:30 (UTC)

@frealgagu, I resolved my issue via "rm -rf ~/.config/whats-app-nativefier-*"

commented on 2019-03-11 07:46 (UTC)

To minimize the application Ctrl+W can be used, but would it be possible to add a shortcut to close the window without minimizing it (e.g. Ctrl+Q)? I'm not familiar with nativefier, so not sure if this is possible or not.

frealgagu commented on 2019-03-05 16:52 (UTC)

@benalexau It's strange, the whatsapp-nativefier-inject.js actually works as a workaround injecting a javascript to skip that validation.

benalexau commented on 2019-03-04 06:20 (UTC)

From a freshly built package I get, "WhatsApp works with Google Chrome 36+". Anyone else seen this or know a workaround?

nakednous commented on 2019-02-21 13:27 (UTC)

Hello, thanks for the package. I got this error:

$HOME/.cache/yay/whatsapp-nativefier/PKGBUILD: línea 41: 5613 Abortado (`core' generado) convert "${srcdir}/${pkgname}.png" -resize "${_size}" "${pkgdir}/usr/share/icons/hicolor/${_size}/apps/${pkgname}.png" ==> ERROR: Se produjo un fallo en package().

Frikinux commented on 2019-02-03 09:34 (UTC)

@je-vv It's possible to add the option to start (and use it) minimized in the system tray.

Before installing, modify in PKGBUILD as nativefier option: --tray "start-in-tray" \

Or... Once installed, edit the file:


and change "tray":false for "tray":"start-in-tray" (with quotes)

It would be interesting to include all the options of "new message" notifications (red dot in system tray icon) in the version of

I hope that helps. Greetings!

je-vv commented on 2019-02-03 01:29 (UTC)

Can the app start on tray without popping up at once?

frealgagu commented on 2019-02-01 21:50 (UTC)

I'm going to do the change, is somebody wants possibility to have more than one whats app web, he must change the package build and remove the --single-instance flag.

frealgagu commented on 2019-01-31 18:51 (UTC)

What about someone who wants to have several whats app accounts?

je-vv commented on 2019-01-31 00:14 (UTC)

+1 to @nit's comment on not bringing several instances up...

nit commented on 2019-01-27 22:50 (UTC)

It's probably a good idea to add the --single-instance flag to the build command.

Prevents application from being run multiple times. If such an attempt occurs the already running instance is brought to front.

frealgagu commented on 2019-01-17 14:13 (UTC)

@ Edootjuh It's something related to web client, sometimes the same happens in a browser:

Edootjuh commented on 2019-01-16 15:57 (UTC)

I get an "update available" message every time I start the program, even when rebuilding the package.

frealgagu commented on 2018-12-27 12:33 (UTC)

@Exeleration-G Nativefier creates an embeeded application so it's not possible to remove the tray once the application is created. If you want to remove the tray icon you need to remove the --tray line in PKGBUILD before execute makepkg (or edit it with your AUR helper if it has the capability).

Exeleration-G commented on 2018-12-27 12:15 (UTC)

I dislike the tray icon. Any way to make it minimize like a normal application?

frealgagu commented on 2018-12-19 15:48 (UTC)

@bionade24 Unfortunately whatsapp-web-desktop is not working and @tembleking has not attended, so this is an alternative, possibly we could merge but meanwhile this package will contain the necessary fix to work.

bionade24 commented on 2018-12-19 15:16 (UTC)

Why have you made new one instead of contributing to the existing whatsapp-web-desktop package?

frealgagu commented on 2018-12-19 11:41 (UTC)

It's strange, I'm using KDE Plasma also and the icon is shown OK. I'll try to add more icon sizes this weekend to see of it solves those issues.

chris_klpp commented on 2018-12-19 09:08 (UTC)

Thanks for this. I use KDE-Plasma and my system-tray icon is completly oversized, like i only see a green square. Has someone a way to fix this?

frealgagu commented on 2018-12-15 23:14 (UTC)

@rplanchuelo I don't know how to achieve this with nativefier, the version in electron made in which contain those features was abandoned.

rplanchuelo commented on 2018-12-15 10:18 (UTC)

Thanks. It's great. It would be interesting to include all the options of "new message" notifications (red dot in system tray icon)

frealgagu commented on 2018-12-14 22:32 (UTC) (edited on 2018-12-14 22:37 (UTC) by frealgagu)

I've created a package which include the fix for whatsapp using nativefier. Also I've added the icon from the webpage and added the option to use in tray. Thanks @Frikinux for your collaboration.

Frikinux commented on 2018-12-14 20:16 (UTC) (edited on 2018-12-14 21:21 (UTC) by Frikinux)

On the other hand, to make it more user-friendly, it is possible to add the option to start (and use it) minimized in the system tray.

Once installed, edit the file:


and change "tray":false for "tray":"start-in-tray" (with quotes)

I recommend changing or editing too /opt/whatsapp-web/resources/app/icon.png with an image editor (like GIMP) to make the white background transparent (in format png).

It would be interesting to include all the options of "new message" notifications (red dot in system tray icon) in the version of

The above can be added before installing in PKGBUILD as nativefier option: --tray "start-in-tray" \

I hope that helps. Greetings!

Frikinux commented on 2018-12-14 19:53 (UTC) (edited on 2018-12-14 20:22 (UTC) by Frikinux)

Hi! I've created a quick-fix based on nativefier injection (mentioned in for "WhatsApp works with Google Chrome 36+" error.

The error will disappear and the fix will survive at each start.

Create a archive named: inject.js

With the following content:

if (document.body.innerText.replace(/\n/g, ' ').search(/whatsapp works with.*to use whatsapp.*update/i) === 0)
    navigator.serviceWorker.getRegistration().then(function (r) { r.unregister(); document.location.reload() });

Save it in /opt/whatsapp-web/resources/app/inject/ folder.

The complete file path is therefore: /opt/whatsapp-web/resources/app/inject/inject.js

I hope it helps. Maybe it would be interesting to include it in the PKGBUILD for next versions. Enjoy it!

StreakyCobra commented on 2018-12-13 07:55 (UTC)

It seems related to nodejs-nativefier (

jfernandz commented on 2018-12-12 16:24 (UTC)

We must flag the package, then.

divansantana commented on 2018-12-12 10:26 (UTC)

Seems that workaround, only works once. Then one needs to delete that dir everytime and relink the phone...

divansantana commented on 2018-12-12 10:23 (UTC)

just rm -rf .config/whats*

frealgagu commented on 2018-12-06 18:20 (UTC)

WhatsApp desktop shows "WhatsApp works with Google Chrome 36+", maybe something related with nativefier or the version of electron appears to be an outdated Chrome?

frealgagu commented on 2018-11-29 16:31 (UTC)

@tembleking please add --tray to nativefier instruction in order to add the system tray icon. Thanks.

frealgagu commented on 2018-11-29 16:20 (UTC)

Is there any way to iconify the application? Something like other applications using electron. Thanks in advance.

johannes87 commented on 2018-10-19 13:08 (UTC)

I also can't reproduce the segfault

effeeffe commented on 2018-10-07 14:32 (UTC)

I cannot reproduce the segfault here.

On the other hand, the application name that appears in the task bar needs to be fixed.

seintz commented on 2018-10-07 14:26 (UTC)

Hi, it is possible to add a dark theme? through CSS or Electron or something else? Just like you change the style on browser with the addons "Stylus"

Thanks for your time. Best Regards

effeeffe commented on 2018-09-17 12:39 (UTC)

Is this compatible with any GNOME icon tray extension?

Plexcon commented on 2018-08-18 09:17 (UTC)

Impossible to download images

lujipeka commented on 2018-08-15 05:35 (UTC)

[BUG] impossible to download images from the desktop app

jhuesos commented on 2018-08-10 19:36 (UTC) (edited on 2018-08-10 19:36 (UTC) by jhuesos)

From the Arch GLIBC bug url:

I installed a patched version of glibc and everything seems to work again:

pacman -U

I tried with whatsapp, and Bitwarden (also eletron based and wasnt working before) and both work fine

frealgagu commented on 2018-08-10 17:12 (UTC)

It looks like there are several packages based on electron with the same issue. I've tried to install rocketchat-desktop but fails with "segmentation fault", however WhatsApp-web-desktop is working fine (I've not tried to reinstall it neither I want to do it). But it looks like is caused by glibc library once was upgraded to 2.28. With 2.27 it's working.

jfernandz commented on 2018-08-07 17:59 (UTC) (edited on 2018-08-07 17:59 (UTC) by jfernandz)

I'm having the same issue than @jhuesos


jhuesos commented on 2018-08-06 20:24 (UTC) (edited on 2018-08-06 20:41 (UTC) by jhuesos)

After last upgrade, I am getting:

/usr/bin/whatsapp-web-desktop: line 2: 21145 Segmentation fault

Same happens with Skype (which both use Electron). Strange thing is that Visual Studio Code (also electron) seems to work just fine.

I just tried to re-install whatsapp to see if that helped but nothing.

EDIT: I have tried to get more info about the issue (sorry, I am really a newbie on this) and after running:

LD_DEBUG=files whatsapp-web-desktop

I got a long output, but I guess this is the more relevant part:

  5580:     calling init: /opt/whatsapp-web/
/usr/bin/whatsapp-web-desktop: line 2:  5580 Segmentation fault      (core dumped) /opt/whatsapp-web/WhatsApp
      5579:     calling fini: /bin/sh [0]

singing_kettle commented on 2018-07-02 19:04 (UTC)

When I attempt to update, makepkg attempts to download a tarball from dropbox ( - which fails.

aytekinar commented on 2018-06-05 10:05 (UTC)

I have cleaned the PKGBUILD a bit, if you want. I have kept only the sha256sums, removed dependency on another AUR package (nativefier), and replaced it with npm. Below is the patch:

diff --git a/PKGBUILD b/PKGBUILD
index 7fe574e..f04ff57 100644
@@ -7,51 +6,43 @@ arch=('i686' 'x86_64')
 depends=('alsa-lib' 'gconf' 'gtk2' 'libxss' 'libxtst' 'nss')
-   '')
+        '')

 build() {
    cd $srcdir

-   nativefier \
-       --name "whats-app" \
-       --disable-context-menu \
-       --disable-dev-tools \
-       --width 700px \
-       --height 700px \
-       -i "../$pkgname.png"
+  npm install nativefier
+   ./node_modules/.bin/nativefier \
+    --name "whats-app" \
+    --disable-context-menu \
+    --disable-dev-tools \
+    --width 700px \
+    --height 700px \
+    -i "../$pkgname.png"

-   rm -rf whats-app
-   mv whats-app-* WhatsApp
-   mv WhatsApp/whats-app WhatsApp/WhatsApp
+  rm -rf whats-app
+  mv whats-app-* WhatsApp
+  mv WhatsApp/whats-app WhatsApp/WhatsApp

 package() {
-   install -dm755 "$pkgdir/opt/whatsapp-web"
-   install -dm755 "$pkgdir/usr/bin/"
-   install -dm755 "$pkgdir/usr/share/pixmaps/"
-   install -dm755 "$pkgdir/usr/share/applications/"
+  install -dm755 "$pkgdir/opt/whatsapp-web"
+  install -dm755 "$pkgdir/usr/bin/"
+  install -dm755 "$pkgdir/usr/share/pixmaps/"
+  install -dm755 "$pkgdir/usr/share/applications/"

-   cp -R "$srcdir/WhatsApp/." "$pkgdir/opt/whatsapp-web/"
-   chmod 755 "$pkgdir/opt/whatsapp-web/resources/app"
+  cp -R "$srcdir/WhatsApp/." "$pkgdir/opt/whatsapp-web/"
+  chmod 755 "$pkgdir/opt/whatsapp-web/resources/app"

-   install -Dm755 "$srcdir/$pkgname.desktop" "$pkgdir/usr/share/applications/$pkgname.desktop"
-   install -Dm755 "$srcdir/$pkgname.png" "$pkgdir/usr/share/pixmaps/whatsapp.png"
-   install -Dm755 "$srcdir/$" "$pkgdir/usr/bin/$pkgname"
+  install -Dm755 "$srcdir/$pkgname.desktop" "$pkgdir/usr/share/applications/$pkgname.desktop"
+  install -Dm755 "$srcdir/$pkgname.png" "$pkgdir/usr/share/pixmaps/whatsapp.png"
+  install -Dm755 "$srcdir/$" "$pkgdir/usr/bin/$pkgname"

-         'b5b89ccd54a6e2ee7c8dfbaa21b223d5'
-         '78a9b5d6119cc5ccbc80df46c0c9d5ef')
-          'eca6674f60349b59870ec098a7463258bc49ce8d'
-          'bff4262d17d6d13e7c5a0bea87960ebea3fc6189')
-            'a1c392b8a7a7045c3f955384be1eefb0ce51d781b656223ccbaffaeb939ba1fbebf4c4085fbc03f52bc24743208455cedc8f4e5b1d10e3885c150082bb585191'
-            '7c39adb302df5fbf5a222fd2ad623d348db0c6240069215f11547e072b96e65e363db5bd93d5a25075eab97c15567e89a3825d9b73fe9425e6176032e049c8a0')

I have tested on my laptop with makepkg --syncdeps --install --clean --cleanbuild --rmdeps and it is working properly. Please feel free to introduce the changes.

jfernandz commented on 2018-05-12 05:48 (UTC) (edited on 2018-05-12 06:01 (UTC) by jfernandz)

Your whatsapp package is not able to show the tray icon using this gnome extension

Here the specific opened issue:

EDIT: Apparently this is not the package which I've got installed, I've got installed whatsapp-desktop, but is not availabe at the day ... anyone has got more info? I would swear I've upgraded this whatsapp-desktop package recently

EDIT2: Ok, here is the explanation:

Im sorry.

EDIT3: In any case, ... would you consider the suggestion about add system tray icon support? Thank you :-)

vesath commented on 2017-09-03 21:57 (UTC)

Please create a depends array with (at least): alsa-lib, gconf, gtk2, libxss, libxtst, and nss. Without one of those dependencies you get errors like: /opt/whatsapp-web/WhatsApp: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory /opt/whatsapp-web/WhatsApp: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

gamezelda commented on 2017-04-25 18:16 (UTC)

Thanks, works great. Also a good template for custom nativefied packages. OCD-level nitpicking (we're Linux users after all): The default window name (right after it launches, before the app. has loaded from the Internet) is 'whats-app', not 'WhatsApp'.

Alad commented on 2016-12-08 15:58 (UTC)

Doesn't build ==> Starting build()... Downloading [============================================>] 100.0% of 40.4 MB (289.59 kB/s) /usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/progress/lib/node-progress.js:177; ^ TypeError: is not a function at ProgressBar.terminate (/usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/progress/lib/node-progress.js:177:17) at ProgressBar.tick (/usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/progress/lib/node-progress.js:91:10) at DishonestProgress.tick (/source/helpers/dishonestProgress.js:35:22) at /source/build/buildMain.js:80:22 at fn (/usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/async/lib/async.js:746:34) at /usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/async/lib/async.js:1213:16 at /usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/async/lib/async.js:166:37 at /usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/async/lib/async.js:706:43 at /usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/async/lib/async.js:167:37 at /usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/async/lib/async.js:1209:30 at /source/build/buildMain.js:76:17 at /usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/electron-packager/index.js:266:7 at end (/usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/run-series/index.js:8:15) at done (/usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/run-series/index.js:11:10) at each (/usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/run-series/index.js:16:43) at Object.finalizeApp [as moveApp] (/usr/lib/node_modules/nativefier/node_modules/electron-packager/common.js:286:7) ==> ERROR: A failure occurred in build(). Aborting... ==> Removing installed dependencies... checking dependencies... Package (6) Old Version Net Change http-parser 2.7.1-1 -0,07 MiB libuv 1.10.1-1 -0,37 MiB nodejs 7.1.0-1 -17,82 MiB nodejs-nativefier 7.0.1-1 -23,26 MiB npm 4.0.2-1 -12,17 MiB semver 5.3.0-1 -0,10 MiB Total Removed Size: 53,79 MiB :: Do you want to remove these packages? [Y/n] :: Processing package changes... removing nodejs-nativefier... removing npm... removing semver... removing nodejs... removing libuv... removing http-parser...