Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and developed in Pencoed, having the size of a credit card, and the first model (Raspberry Pi Zero) came at an incredible price of only $5, while the latest chipset costs $35. So, if you’ve bought this type of “computer” and want to install WhatsApp on it, in this article we’ll tell you how to do this.
WhatsApp is a messaging application created for smartphones running on six mobile operating systems and Windows devices have a web feature which allows the users to log into their accounts after scanning the QR code from web.whatsapp.com with their phones’ camera. To access this page, they need to open one of the three supported browsers Opera, Chrome and Firefox.
But, what about installing WhatsApp on a computer with a Raspberry Pi SoC? You will use the Yowsup library, which is a python library allowing you to long into your WhatsApp account, and it will provide you all capabilities of an official WhatsApp client, so you can create a full-fledged custom WhatsApp client. In order to succeed that, you will need to have a Raspberry Pi B or B+ model which has the latest version of Raspbian, or it has a MicroSD Card 8 GB Class 10 Raspbian preinstalled.
The packages must be updated with: sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade, the firmware must be updated with sudo rpi-update and the system must be prepared with the needed components to Yowsup, such as: sudo apt-get install python-dateutil, sudo apt-get install python-setuptools, sudo apt-get install python-dev, sudo apt-get install libevent-dev and sudo apt-get install ncurses-dev.
Now, you will download the library using this command: git clone git://github.com/tgalal/yowsup.git and you will go to this folder: cd yowsup, where you will install the library using the command: sudo python setup.py install.
Now, you can enjoy chatting on WhatsApp from your computer with a Raspberry Pi chipset.