Wire – A Secure Open Source Chat Application for Linux Systems
We have covered many VoIP applications in past like Skype, Ring, Viber, etc. Today we are going to cover about wire. Wire is another VoIP applications which has full end-to-end encryption and best alternative for Skype users since Skype doesn’t offer all the features which is available for Windows and there is no proper updates for Linux too.
Wire is a cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging application developed by a team of engineers from Swiss. It’s support voice and video calls, send text messages, files, images, videos, audio files, Audio message, voice filters, 1:1 and group conversations, . It is available for iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, macOS and Web browser clients.
How Wire best alternative for Skype ? Skype’s co-founder Janus Friis is backing the project and half of the wire employees came from Skype.
It’s highly secured since it has Full end-to-end encryption, Open source, Independently audited, Swiss-based, EU hosted & Protected by European laws.
You no need to worry about privacy because it’s won’t ask any sensitive information such as phone number for signup, No ads, No profiling or data gathering, No contact sharing required.
How to Install Wire in Debian
We can easily install wire in Linux through AppImage package. For Debian based users can install through Debian Repository.
For Debian base users, add the below repository and use APT package manager or APT-GET package manager to install wire.
Install apt-transport-https to receive the package via HTTPS
$ sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
Import a PGP signing key to verify the downloaded package
wget -q https://wire-app.wire.com/linux/releases.key -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Add wire repository address to your sources list
echo "deb https://wire-app.wire.com/linux/debian stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wire-desktop.list
Update your local list of available packages
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wire-desktop
Other Linux Distributions
For other Linux distributions, use AppImage package. Download AppImage from developer github page
$ wget https://github.com/wireapp/wire-desktop/releases/download/release/2.13.2741/wire-2.13.2741-x86_64.AppImage
Make AppImage executable
$ sudo chmod +x wire*.AppImage