How to install Viber on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

This is how you can install Viber on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux , 18.10, Linux Mint 19 and other Linux distributions.

Viber is a communication app, widely used for free secured calls and messages across the world. It has some unique abilities such as call switching from your mobile phones to Linux desktops among many things.

This free app is available for Windows, Linux (all distributions including Flatpak), Mac, Android and iOS.

Download Viber Package

Let’s start by downloading the official Viber Debian package by using the wget command:

After execution of the above command you should find Viber’s installation package within your home directory:

Install Viber

Warning: The following Viber installation procedure will inadvertently remove libcurl4 from your system and replace it by libcurl3 package due to improper Viber package dependency definition. From this reason you are recommended to install Viber by using the following set of commands in order to preserve libcurl4 state on your system.

Alternatively, repackage the viber.deb package:

At the time of writing the Viber package seems to be a little bit troublesome and unmaintained. The default DEB installers including gdebi fails to fetch prerequisites and the Viber installation attempt results in the error:

Failed to open the software package The package might be corrupted or you are not allowed to open the file. Check the permissions of the file.

The solution to installing Viber on Ubuntu 18.04 is to explicitly include the libcurl3 package prerequisite as part of the apt installation command:

Start Viber

To start Viber application you can either run:

from your terminal or search your start menu:

Click on the Viber icon to start the Viber application.

Click on the Viber icon to start the Viber application.

Viber Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04

Viber Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04

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