How to Install Wire Desktop App on Ubuntu Desktop

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Wire is a popular, cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging and collaboration platform created by Wire Swiss. It is available for iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, macOS, and Web browser clients.

This brief tutorial will show students and new users how to install the Wire desktop app on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 desktops.

Wire brings teams together to collaborate on projects so work can get done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Wire can help your team communicate and collaborate, whether you’re a small or large enterprise. And these conversations will be available on the desktop, mobile devices, and everywhere you have Wire installed.

Text, voice, video, and media on Wire are always end-to-end encrypted 1:1 and in groups, so all your conversations are secure and private.

When you’re ready to install Wire for Linux, follow the steps below:

Below are two options available when installing Wire on Ubuntu desktops…. You can select either one to get it installed…

Install Wire DEB Package

To install Wire using its DEB package, select it at the link below.DEB version… 64-bit should be good if your system supports it. Then download it to your desktop (usually to the Downloads folder of your Home directory).

Wire ubuntu install

Download and save the file to your desktop… usually in your Home directory’s ~/Downloads folder.

Wire desktop app

After downloading, navigate to your Downloads folder, right-click the downloaded file, and select Open With Software Install.

Wire desktop app

When Ubuntu Software opens, click Install to begin the installation.

Wire desktop app

That should prompt you to type and confirm your password before the installation can continue. The Wire should be installed and ready to use when you’re done. To launch it, go to the Activities Overview, search Wire, and launch it.

wire desktop app install

Install Wire via Snap

Wire can also be installed via Ubuntu snap package management. This might be the quickest way to install Wire.

Snaps are applications packaged with dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

To install via Snap, run the commands below

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install wire

That’s it!

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  1. Good day,
    wire is installed my computer. i can use it for message and sound but camera doesnt work. How can i use with cam?

  2. Same problem. My camera doesn’t work with Wire linux desktop app.

  3. Idem, Wire does’nt find the camera, but I can use my camera with other apps, So what’s wrong in wire ? no help about ubuntu on the wire website !

  4. You should add camera permission to the wire app. Type in console:

    sudo snap connect wire:camera core:camera

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