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How to Install Desktop App on Linux


In this tutorial, I will show you how to install the open source desktop app on Linux. desktop app supports self-hosted WordPress blogs via Jetpack.

Install Desktop App on Linux

Go to and download the client. For Debian-based Linux distros, there is a deb package. For all other Linux distros, download the tar.gz file.

Install Desktop App on Linux

Once downloaded, cd into the download directory and run the following command to install it onto your Linux OS.

For Debian/Ubuntu based distros.

sudo gdebi wordpress*.deb
Install Desktop App on Linux

The executable is located at /usr/share/wpcom/wpcom. To list all files installed by desktop app, issue this comand:

dpkg-query -L

For all other distros, i.e. Fedora, Arch Linux, OpenSUSE etc, first extract the tarball.

tar xvf wordpress-com-linux-x64-1-3-1.tar.gz

A new directory will be created under the current directory. cd into it.


You can find an executable called in this directory. Now you can launch the WordPress desktop app in this way.

Install Desktop App on Linux

Add self-hosted Site

By default when you sign into the app, you can edit blogs and sites hosted at

If you’d like to edit your self-hosted WordPress blog or site, you can do that by following these instructions:

  1. Create an account at and verify your email address.
  2. Install the Jetpack plugin on your self-hosted WordPress site.
  3. Connect Jetpack to account.
  4. Now you can sign in to the app using the account Jetpack is connected to, and you can find your self-hosted site under the “My Sites” section.

Use Desktop App to Manage Self-hosted Site

By default, you can edit and publish posts, pages.

To make the most out of desktop app for self-hosted sites, enable the manage feature in the Jetpack plug-in. The manage feature allows you to manage your site’s themes, menus and the like.

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