Install Wechat on Linux ARM Device


WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose instant messaging, social media and mobile payment app developed by Tencent.

It was first released in 2011, it became the world's largest standalone mobile app in 2018, with over 1 billion monthly active users.
WeChat provides text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast (one-to-many) messaging, video conferencing, video games, sharing of photographs and videos and location sharing.

WeChat Desktop App:

  • Run with box86 and wine
  • Smooth performance
  • Everything from gifs to emojis to images all work

To run: Menu -> Internet -> WeChat
to run in a terminal: WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.config/wechat-prefix wine "$HOME/.config/wechat-prefix/drive_c/Program Files/Tencent/WeChat/WeChat.exe"

Fortunately, Wechat is very easy to install on your Linux ARM Device in just two steps.

  1. Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Linux ARM Device.
  2. Use Pi-Apps to install Wechat.


For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest LTS of Ubuntu or Debian from your hardware manufacturer.
Wechat will only run on an Ubuntu/Debian ARM32 OS. Pi-Apps will not let you install Wechat on an Ubuntu/Debian ARM64 OS.

Install Pi-Apps

Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Linux ARM Device with just a few clicks.

Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:

wget -qO- | bash

Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here:

Install Wechat

Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install Wechat.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:

Then click on the Internet category, which leads to the Communication category.

Now scroll down to find Wechat in the list.

Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install Wechat for you!

Pi-Apps is a free and open source tool made by Botspot and other contributors. Find out more at