WhatsApp with BitlBee
The libpurple plugin is no longer developed and doesn't connect anymore. Just use whatsapp web or an android emulator or something.
The rest of this page contains outdated information.
Since many people seem to be interested in using whatsapp with bitlbee, here's a rough briefly tested summary of how to get it working. Please send reports of success or any issues to #bitlbee.
In the near future it will be possible to write BitlBee plugins in languages other than C, through an RPC layer. This is still under development in the parson branch. One of the first plugins is a WhatsApp module which is based on the Yowsup library (written in Python). It should be in good enough shape for other people to try out in the near future.
bitlbee-libpurple (see HowtoPurple)
https://github.com/davidgfnet/whatsapp-purple (no active development, not working anymore)
- A phone number attached to something that can receive SMS
- A password (see the 'registration' section)
- You can't use whatsapp from more than one device simultaneously.
This might be against the whatsapp TOS, and they might decide to ban your phone number. Your warranty is now void, etc.
- The registration tokens change often, additional security measures are added regularly, so maybe none of this will work.
You need to get a password to connect. This password is not the IMEI as you might have read (it was, a few years ago), but you need to extract it somehow from a running whatsapp client, or create a new one. At the time of this writing it doesn't seem possible to sniff it, so, alternatives:
If you succeed at this step, congratulations. Try not to get too desperate if it goes wrong, you might end up with a huge cooldown period. Check the issue trackers of the relevant tool to see if other people have the same issue, as the registration tokens might have changed.
An example of creating an account
Get yowsup from https://github.com/tgalal/yowsup/wiki/yowsup-cli
- Create a config (text) file with the following content only:
- where 358500123456 is your sms-capable phone number with country code, without + or leading zeroes
./yowsup-cli -c <configfile> -r sms # request a registration code from WhatsApp
./yowsup-cli -c <configfile> -R <code> # register an account using the code you should have received via SMS
- You should now receive a message on the console with your new password
You can test chatting with yowsup-cli. Add line "password=<password>" on you config file and run an interactive chat with a friend with something like
./yowsup-cli -c <configfile> -i <number_of_a_friend> --wait --autoack --keepalive # See yowsup-cli -h for details
Putting it all together
The next step is to get whatsapp-purple working in bitlbee.
Get plugin whatsapp-purple from https://github.com/davidgfnet/whatsapp-purple (If running Ubuntu, you can add ppa:whatsapp-purple/ppa and install package pidgin-whatsapp, or you could just build it from source)
- If you want, you can try it first with pidgin, since that's the officially supported way to use whatsapp-purple.
- (Re)start your bitlbee-libpurple instance (remember, the non-libpurple version won't do)
- Bitlbee command "help purple" should now list whatsapp as a supported protocol
Add your account the usual way: acc add whatsapp 358500123456 <password>
Add buddies as usual: add whatsapp <number_of_a_friend>
In some cases, setting a newer resource helps with "not-authorized" connection issues (check https://github.com/davidgfnet/whatsapp-purple/ for issues and working resources), i.e.
account <number> set resource Android-2.31.151-443
- Whatsapp seems to generate a lot of "connection established" and +v/-v -messages, probably due to the underlying library making connections to the server per message
- Contacts need to be readded after onlining the account again in bitlbee.
adding Contacts in irssi/bitlbee using trigger.pl (prior v3.4)
(There is no need for a workaround as of bitlbee version 3.4, which does keep a contact list.) This is a very quick and dirty (not to say security flawed) workaround for adding contacts via trigger.pl and a separate contacts file (work still in progress, cleanup/rewrite more than welcome!). Trigger will be the successful whatsapp log-in as displayed in the control channel output by 'root':
- create a file with contact information, e.g. '~/.irssi/whatsapp.contacts', with similar content:
add whatsapp 1234567890 fancypants add whatsapp 0123456789 buddy add whatsapp 9012345678 mother
Get trigger.pl and autostart it with irssi
- Set trigger in irssi:
/trigger add -publics -tags 'bitlbee' -channels '&bitlbee' -masks 'root' -pattern 'whatsapp - Logging in: Logged in' -command 'exec -out cat ~/.irssi/whatsapp.contacts' /trigger save
One could just as well create a trigger for each individual contact and avoid using "-command exec …" like:
/trigger add -publics -tags 'bitlbee' -channels '&bitlbee' -masks 'root' -pattern 'whatsapp - Logging in: Logged in' -command 'add whatsapp 1234567890 fancypants' /trigger add -publics -tags 'bitlbee' -channels '&bitlbee' -masks 'root' -pattern 'whatsapp - Logging in: Logged in' -command 'add whatsapp 0123456789 buddy' /trigger add -publics -tags 'bitlbee' -channels '&bitlbee' -masks 'root' -pattern 'whatsapp - Logging in: Logged in' -command 'add whatsapp 9012345678 mother' /trigger save