How to: Install WhatPulse in Ubuntu and Debian

created by BasicSysAdmin

Tags: Linux, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Debian, Debian 8

Dec 31, 2016


In this guide, I will be showing you how you can install get WhatPulse setup on Ubuntu and Debian. This will start by getting all of the required software installed, installing WhatPulse and setting up all of the correct permissions.

In order to follow this tutorial, you will need the following
  • A supported Operating System (See above tags)

  • A WhatPulse Account (Click here to sign up)

  • System Preparation

    Updating package list

    The first step is to open the terminal window and update our list of packages. This will allow us to install the most up to date version of everything. To do this, you will need to open up a terminal window.

    When you have the terminal window open, you can then run the following command:
    sudo apt-get update;

    Installing Prerequisites

    Before we can install WhatPulse, we will first need to install the prerequisites to make sure that the program functions correctly. You can install these packages by doing this command in the terminal
    sudo apt-get install libqtcore4 libqtwebkit4 libqt4-sql libqt4-sql-sqlite libssl-dev libqtscript4-sql libqtscript4-core libpcap0.8 -y

    Installing WhatPulse

    After you have installed all of the required packages, you can now install WhatPulse. You can get this by going to WhatPulse Downloads and downloading the Ubuntu-based version. Once you have downloaded this, if you go back into the terminal and change to wherever it downloaded e.g. Downloads.
    cd ~/Downloads/

    We are then going to extract this to a folder which we will use to store our programs
    mkdir -p ~/Programs/whatpulse;
    gzip -dc whatpulse-linux*.tar.gz | tar -C ~/Programs/whatpulse -xvzf -

    You should now change to the Programs directory
    cd ~/Programs/whatpulse

    Once you have done this, you now need to run the setup input permissions script
    sudo ./

    Just follow the instructions until it says All done, have fun using WhatPulse! If you would like WhatPulse to count data usage, you will need to run this file
    sudo setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin=eip ./whatpulse

    After this, you can start WhatPulse by typing

    You can now just login and use WhatPulse as normal.
    Making WhatPulse run on Startup (Ubuntu)

    If you would like WhatPulse to run when you start your machine up, you can easily do this by following these steps. The first thing you will need to do is to search for the Startup Applications like in the screenshot here:

    Once this opens up, you simply click Add and filling out each of the boxes. For the command, you can just click browse and go to the programs directory we created and click on whatpulse.

    You can then click add to complete this.

    Making WhatPulse run on Startup (Debian)

    To get whatpulse to automatically start up when you login on Debian, you will need to head to your terminal and paste in the following

    mkdir ~/.config/autostart;
    echo -e "
    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment=Autostart whatpulse at login
    Exec=/home/wilson18/Programs/whatpulse/whatpulse -delaystartup
    StartupNotify=false" | tee -a ~/.config/autostart/whatpulse.desktop


    If you restart, you should see whatpulse ready for you when you login!