Install YakYak – Desktop Chat Client for Google Hangouts on Ubuntu 22.04

YakYak is the desktop client for Google Hangouts, and for the readers who are not familiar with Google Hangouts, Google Hangouts is the application developed by Google and Gmail to communicate with other people through text messages, calls, sharing files, and the screens. YakYak is open source, but to make calls, you have to buy a subscription.

Google Hangouts can be installed on different operating systems, including Android, iOS, and Linux operating systems, and in this guide, we will explore the installation methods of YakYak on Ubuntu to use Google Hangouts.

How to install YakYak on Ubuntu 22.04

There are two methods to install YakYak on Ubuntu, either by downloading its Debian package or downloading it from the snapcraft store, we will explain both methods in detail in the next section.

Method 1: How to download YakYak on Ubuntu 22.04 from its Debian package

We can download its Debian package using the wget command using the command:

$ wget -c https://github.com/yakyak/yakyak/releases/download/v1.5.9/yakyak-1.5.9-linux-amd64.deb

For the installation of YakYak, we will use the dpkg command:

$ sudo dpkg -i yakyak-1.5.9-linux-amd64.deb

To uninstall the package of YakYak from Ubuntu, run the command:

$ sudo apt purge yakyak -y

Method 2: How to install YakYak on Ubuntu from Snapcraft

Snapcraft is a store containing the snaps of different Linux applications, we can download the snaps of different Linux applications from Snapcraft and install them using the snap utility. Likewise, we will download and install the YakYak from its snap using the command:

$ sudo snap install yakyak

To launch the application, we will go to the search bar of Ubuntu and type “yakyak” and click on the application icon:

The application has been launched, and now, if we want to remove the application, using the command:

$ sudo snap remove yakyak


To enjoy the Google Hangout for sending and receiving messages on Ubuntu, we can simply install the YakYak package on Ubuntu. In this guide, two different installation methods of YakYak have been explained in detail, either from the snapcraft store or from its Debian package.

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