WhatsApp for Desktop

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Jack SmithΒ β€” Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
shame that it says "Not compatible with iOS" in small writing quite far down the page; could be good if that was more prominent
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@_jacksmith Sorry, I'll make it more prominent.
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Nik GrafΒ β€” Engineer @ Serverless
Once again great work by @aluxian who already successfully released http://www.producthunt.com/tech/...

For me now the suite is complete & I can have all communication on my desktop. No need to switch between desktop & phone all day long when chatting during the day.

Feel free to contribute and improve the product. The source code is available at https://github.com/Aluxian/Whats...
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@nikgraf Thanks again for the submission! :)
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Nik GrafΒ β€” Engineer @ Serverless
@aluxian My pleasure, your products rock! :)
Ohad AssoulinΒ β€” CEO/Co-Founder, KitCut
@aluxian @nikgraf Wow.... I was just thinking about something like this yesterday and POOF, it's on product hunt! Nice work, I will share some feedback once I play with it!
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@oassoulin @nikgraf Haha great! Please do share your feedback :)
Joost van DijkΒ β€” iOS Developer, Blendle
WhatsApp is apparently working on a version that enables this functionality for iOS users. A beta version can be downloaded (see http://www.whatsappforall.com/wh...), but you need to sign it using developer tools before you can install it.
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@jwvd That's good news!
Dan HoughΒ β€” Developer, Marvel – London
Is this a node-webkit wrapper around the WhatsApp web client?
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@basicallydan Yep! It's WhatsApp Web running on nw.js (formerly node-webkit). On top of it, I made notifications work, I added custom themes (coming in the next release) and I did some other tweaks to improve the experience.
TonΒ β€” Mac'aholic
Unfortunately not for the Mac, unless you have an Android phone you can use to activate the webapp. Whatsapp for iPhone still doesn't support barcodes.
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Nik GrafΒ β€” Engineer @ Serverless
@t55 I haven't tried yet, but that should do it: http://www.idownloadblog.com/201...
Pieter WalravenΒ β€” Founder & Product @ Pie - pie.co
@nikgraf @t55 "You must be jailbroken in order to follow this tutorial" ;(
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Nik GrafΒ β€” Engineer @ Serverless
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@t55 Yep, WhatsApp for Desktop is cross-platform, but only compatible with some mobile devices. It's incompatible with iOS due to how the operating system works – it doesn't allow apps work in the background.
Robin GoodΒ β€” Publisher of T5 tools.robingood.com
@t55 that's really a shame
Robin GoodΒ β€” Publisher of T5 tools.robingood.com
@nikgraf @t55 works only for jailbroken iphones - not much of a solution
PierrickΒ β€” Frontend Developer at JS Republic
People shouldn't bother with WhatsApp and use Telegram instead. https://telegram.org
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@pierrickgt I agree, I myself like Telegram much more. But it's hard to switch when most of your friends use WhatsApp already...
James KooleΒ β€” Product Manager, Hover.com
Based on the URL alone, this will be gone as soon as legal can get a letter out to him and Go Daddy.
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@jameskoole I am contacting their support team right now.
James KooleΒ β€” Product Manager, Hover.com
@aluxian Good luck! Hopefully they don't get heavy-handed on the use of their trademark in the URL. I've seen it go both ways.
Ouriel OhayonΒ β€” appsfire, CEO/ isai (VC) co-founder
please make it clear on your site that this does not work with iOS and only works with android. i just wasted 5 min trying to understand why it was not working
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@ourielohayon I'm sorry, I will make it more prominent.
Rafael AlbuquerqueΒ β€” software engineer at @talkdesk
I don't want to be that guy, but what's different from the web version since this is just a webview loaded with an iframe? Apart from notifications.
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@rafaqueque Custom themes (coming in the next release) and tweaks for better integration with the OS: launch on startup & run in the tray.
Steve RAFFNERΒ β€” Innovation Agent, my friends call me "Q"
Maybe advertise for the OS X version when iOS is compatible. I guess most OS X users have an iPod or iPad... no ?
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@steveraffner Yep, most Mac users have an iOS device, but some (myself included) don't. So there still are some potential users.
RahhulΒ β€” Eora 3D
Finally !
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@rahhul Enjoy!
β˜… Karan Goel β˜‚Β β€” Engineer @ Google
I think adding "unofficial" to the title might help resolve a lot of confusion among folks.
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@karangoel Thanks for the suggestion, I'll try to make it more obvious.
RishΒ β€” Founder @letsintern | community @Branch
I have been using it for a while, but hasn't this been around for too long to make it to product hunt ? Just asking.
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Nik GrafΒ β€” Engineer @ Serverless
@rish_says The desktop client is a wrapper made by @aluxian only a couple days ago. The web app is available since a while and has been hunted back then: https://www.producthunt.com/tech...
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@rish_says Indeed, WhatsApp Web has been around for a while. But "WhatsApp for Desktop" was officially launched last Friday, so it's pretty new :)
RishΒ β€” Founder @letsintern | community @Branch
@nikgraf @rish_says my bad! I jumped to conclusions too fast. Checking it out, since I love the web app :)
RishΒ β€” Founder @letsintern | community @Branch
@aluxian @rish_says Thanks for building this, and sorry for jumping to conclusion too soon. Checking it out, thumbs up.
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@rish_says No problem, Rish. I hope you like the app too.
NaveenΒ β€” Product Design | πŸ— a new πŸ“Ή experience.
Have been using WhatsMac for a while and like it.
This is a nice client as well with the file attachment working. The use of official name does create a lot of ambiguity though.
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@naveenaly I will consider changing the name if WhatsApp demands so. WhatsDesktop doesn't sound so bad.
ChemaΒ β€” Founder @yclascom @openclassifieds
Since no one is saying it: Works on ubuntu. I like it so far. In chrome was using 116MB of memory only that tab. As "app" uses 161MB. Seems to work really smooth congrats @aluxian!
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@deambulando I'm happy you enjoy using it :)
ChemaΒ β€” Founder @yclascom @openclassifieds
@aluxian @deambulando media not reproducing, like videos and audio notes. Since last update now up to 209MB almost double than a tab in chrome.
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@deambulando The high RAM usage is because the app itself run on a custom build of Chromium browser. Nothing related to this changed in the last update, just the name and icon.
Allan ZhangΒ β€” Echelon Creative
Beautiful job @aluxian. It really preserved the feel of Whatsapp, but added refinement and polish. Nice work!
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@daspianist Thanks, Allan!
Matthew BermanΒ β€” CEO, Sonar (sendsonar.com)
This looks really awesome! I know Whatsapp is notoriously against 3rd parties using their API. What are your thoughts about that?
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@matthewberman Indeed, they don't third-party apps that use their API. But I'm not using their API, my app is just a wrapper around their own WhatsApp Web. I don't interfere at all with the communication/connection to their servers. I hope they don't consider this a violation too.
Stacy-Ann HaylesΒ β€” Freelance Digital Marketing Consultant
I see you added the unofficial @aluxian and changed the logo. I thought for a sec that Facebook got to you and sent a cease and desist. It left two instances of the program on my laptop though.
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AluxianΒ β€” Full-Stack Developer
@stacyannhayles I have not been contacted by Facebook/WhatsApp. I really wish they did contact me, though. I want to know whether they're ok with it or not. I'm in the process of changing the name and the icon. What OS are you using?
Stacy-Ann HaylesΒ β€” Freelance Digital Marketing Consultant
@aluxian Windows 7
Neel LukkaΒ β€” Gata Labs Inc.
the web view is a great added feature that I have been waiting for. Still a number of product improvements that I think the team can make that I wrote about here:
https://medium.com/@nl0787/whats...
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