TUTORIAL: [Linux] Windows Live Messenger Installation on Debian Linux with Youtube video


Hi there.
In this topic I’ll show you how to install MSN/Windows Live Messenger on Debian Linux.
Debian Linux is Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Elementary/Hanna MontanaOS etc.

I also made a tutorial video on Arch but on Ubuntu… more difficult a bit. So let’s see how it’s going on ex. Ubuntu. My distro is Ubuntu 16.04.05 x64.

Here is a Tutorial video how I installed the WLM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66E7LAjUrJM
Not a quality video but I tried. I didnt wanna talk just show u. Understand plz.

0. Open Terminal

  1. Install Wine and Winetricks
    Notice: I skipped the installation with n button because I already have them. You have to press enter or press y.
    2.Update your Wine and Winetricks to newest stable version
    [Write these commands in Terminal]
    (If you are use 64 bit linux then write this command)
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

[Now type these commands]
wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
sudo apt-key add Release.key
sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/

(If you are using Linux mint then type these commands:)

On Linux Mint 17.x, the last line should be the following:
sudo apt-add-repository ‘deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ trusty main’

On Linux Mint 18.x, the last line should be the following:
sudo apt-add-repository ‘deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ xenial main’

On Linux Mint 19.x, the last line should be the following:
sudo apt-add-repository ‘deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ bionic main’

[Continue the commands]
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install winetricks

Now your wine has been installed. Lets continue…

========Windows Live Messenger installation=======

  1. Download the (your favourite) MSN / Live Messenger version
    from website of Escargot MSN Server
    2.Run it as Wine programloader and wait
  2. Your MSN is installed
    But do not open it yet

If doesnt happen anything then use this command:
and it will automatic install
msiexec /i move here your msi file

Type this command in terminal:
sh winetricks riched20 gdiplus msxml3 flash

To make sounds workable:
winetricks tahoma
winetricks riched30
winetricks msxml3
winetricks msls3

To fix sounds ill make a new tutorial video.
While you should wait.
Or watch this topic: https://wink.messengergeek.com/t/fixed-the-sound-in-windows-live-messenger-8-5-in-linux

I hope I helped u. See u later bye. Eat cheeses.

Wine informations:
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.8-staging
What works

  • Logging in

  • Adding contacts

  • Chatting (sending photos, emotes, nudges)

What does not

  • By default, the login boxes don’t work.

  • Sometimes, the application crashes when you try to pick someone on your contacts list. Ignore the crash message, but don’t close it.

  • Voice calls and recordings

  • Winks don’t display the animation

  • Handwriting

What was not tested

  • Video and voice chat (don’t work)

  • Recieving voice messages

Linux Users!

Thats because flash is probably not installed for wine
open a terminal and type
winetricks flash
and that should do the job :slight_smile:


Ive just copied datas from winehq :stuck_out_tongue:


Oh well installing flash will work :slight_smile:


Yeah I wrote the flash component :slight_smile:


Ok great ! :stuck_out_tongue:


Thank you balazs v
is working
but not sound

try pack wma but is not good
nudge sound is online sound


you have to convert wma files to wav and change them in Settings at Alert and Notifications.


is easy convert file in Linux ?


Type in google wma to wav converter online and you can easily convert files. Or if you can wait to tommorrow i convert them for u


There is a simple audio converter tool that you can use to install it open a terminal and type this
sudo apt-get install soundconverter
and hit enter and type ur password
To convert follow the following:

  1. Open Sound Converter, located under “Accessories” and “Sound & Video” on the top desk bar.

  2. Click “Add File” or “Add Folder” and specify which files you want to convert.

  3. Click “Edit,” then “Preferences,” and select WAV as the output. At this point, you may also select where to save and how to re-name the converted files.

  4. Click "Convert.

Or follow this


live sounds.zip (397.6 KB)


This is partially why I signed up onto MG, is to maybe look into patching existing Linux applications like KMess and aMSN to work with Escargot. Wine is not the most optimal experience, and I’m sure the native clients out there could work fine.


I’d love to see emesene working again too.




I can’t get it working with MSN 7.5 :confused:



Click the logon button several times. In MSN 7.5 this usually works.


I tried that. It doesn’t work.


ie8 is installed?