How-to: Use Wickr in Whonix ™

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Security risk. Discouraged as per software installation best practices.

  • Unsigned software. It is not possible to follow the security advice of always verifying software signatures since installation is thorough snap which does not verify software signatures (yet?). [1]
  • Only installable thorugh third party package manager snap which is discouraged. [2]
  • Wickr is non-freedom software. Discouraged as per avoid non-freedom software!

Therefore if you insist on using wickr, it is recommended to 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)Xfce Terminal

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

Start MenuXfce Terminal


Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

Install dependencies.

sudo apt install snapd


Reboot required. [3]


sudo snap install wickrme


The installation process is now complete.




If running

Above resulted in the terminal displaying this message:

realpath: '': No such file or directory
realpath: '': No such file or directory
realpath: '': No such file or directory
realpath: '': No such file or directory
Could not create NETLINK socket: Operation not permitted (1)
Failed to initialize udev, possibly due to an invalid system configuration. Various device-related browser features may be broken.

With Wickr still starting and showing an error during sign in that it could not connect to the Wickr Me Network (attempting to reconnect), it could be caused during the original installation of Wickr through "snap install wickrme". Try reinstalling Wickr with the "--devmode" flag enabled and it should fix the issue,

Removing Wickr.

snap remove wickrme

The command needs to be run twice. The first run will disable the "wickrme" package, the second time will remove "wickrme".

snap remove wickrme

To verify Wickr is no longer installed, run.

snap list

It should no longer show wickrme.

Reinstall using this command:

snap install --devmode wickrme

Now try running


Or if you did not reboot yet, see footnote. [4]

Forum Discussion[edit] [archive]


  1. For better security and stability would to provide Debian downloads or even better an apt repository for Debian.
  2. [archive]
  3. So snap can add itself to the PATH environment variable.
  4. /snap/bin/wickrme

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