How To Install Facebook Messenger Desktop on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Facebook Messenger Desktop on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Facebook Messenger Desktop on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, WebTorrent Desktop is a free, open-source streaming torrent application for Mac, Windows, and Linux. With WebTorrent Desktop, you can watch videos from the Internet Archive, listen to music from Creative Commons, or audiobooks from Librivox.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Facebook Messenger Desktop on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Facebook Messenger Desktop on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install gdebi

Step 2. Installing Facebook Messenger Desktop.

By default, Facebook Messenger is not available on Ubuntu 16.04 base repository.  Now download the deb package from this page and run the following commands to install Facebook Messenger Desktop on Ubuntu systems:

sudo dpkg -i messengerfordesktop*.deb

Step 3. Accessing Facebook Messenger Desktop for Ubuntu.

Once you have successfully installed the Facebook Messenger desktop app on your Ubuntu 16.04 system, you can launch it by searching for “Facebook Messenger desktop” in your application menu. Alternatively, you can launch it from the terminal by running the following command:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Facebook Messenger App. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Facebook Messenger Desktop on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Facebook Messenger Desktop website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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