How-to: Use Wickr in Whonix

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Wickr is non-free software. Discouraged as per Avoid nonfree software!

This can lead to breaking the package upgrading system! This is because we are mixing Debian (which Whonix is based on) with Ubuntu software sources. [1]

This is counter to best practices on the Install Software page. Therefore use a separate Whonix-Workstation.

Open Terminal[edit]

Open a terminal.

If you are using Qubes-Whonix, complete the following steps.

Qubes App Launcher (blue/grey "Q") -> Whonix-Workstation AppVM (commonly named anon-whonix) -> Konsole

If you are using a graphical Whonix with KDE, run.

Start Menu -> Applications -> System -> Konsole

If you are using a graphical Whonix with XFCE, run.

Start Menu -> Xfce Terminal

APT Signing Key[edit]

Add Ubuntu's apt signing key.

sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/ubuntu.gpg adv --keyserver hkp://qdigse2yzvuglcix.onion --recv-keys 630239CC130E1A7FD81A27B140976EAF437D05B5

Expected output.

Executing: /tmp/apt-key-gpghome.6Ouq0wKoVF/ --keyserver hkp://qdigse2yzvuglcix.onion --recv-keys 630239CC130E1A7FD81A27B140976EAF437D05B5
key 40976EAF437D05B5:
59 signatures not checked due to missing keys
gpg: key 40976EAF437D05B5: public key "Ubuntu Archive Automatic Signing Key <>" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1

The warning 59 signatures not checked due to missing keys can be safely ignored if you checked validity of the key fingerprint 630239CC130E1A7FD81A27B140976EAF437D05B5 being the Ubuntu repository fingerprint. [2]

APT Sources[edit]

[3] [4]

A new file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntu.list containing the Ubuntu repository has to be created.

Open /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntu.list in an editor with root rights.

If you are using a graphical Whonix or Qubes-Whonix with KDE, run.

kdesudo kwrite /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntu.list

If you are using a graphical Whonix or Qubes-Whonix with XFCE, run.

kdesudo mousepad /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntu.list

If you are using a terminal-only Whonix, run.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntu.list


###### Ubuntu Main Repos
deb xenial main 

###### Ubuntu Update Repos
deb xenial-security main 
deb xenial-updates main



Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

Install dependencies.

sudo apt-get install libhunspell-1.3 libprotobuf9v5 libpng12-0


Download WickrMe from Choose the Ubuntu version. [5]

Save in ~/Downloads folder. (Hint Tor Browser#Navigating Tor Browser Downloads.)

At the time of writing, no software signatures were provided.

Change Directory[edit]

Change to Downloads folder.

cd ~/Downloads



unzip WickrMe*.zip


Install WickrQt. [6]

sudo dpkg -i wickr-qt_*_amd64.deb

Install WickrMe.

sudo dpkg -i WickrMe_*_amd64.deb


Fix dependencies.

sudo apt-get install -f

Download libgstreamer-plugins-good1.0-0.

apt-get download libgstreamer-plugins-good1.0-0

Fix packaging conflict (since we mix with Ubuntu).

sudo dpkg --force-all --install libgstreamer-plugins-good*_amd64.deb

Fix dependencies.

sudo apt-get install -f

Last lines of output are expected to show something like:

Setting up wickrme (4.59.10-01) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.24-11+deb9u3) ...


The installation process is now complete.




  1. For better stability would to provide Debian downloads or even better an apt repository for Debian.
  2. This is because gpg home folder /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d does not know any signatures of any signatories who signed that key.
  3. Created using
  4. says Ubuntu 16.04 which is xenial.
  5. Replaced gdebi with dpkg. It's just a deb. Dpkg should be very very much fine. Even easier to debug than graphical frontend gdebi.

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