WhatsApp bridge setup

This page contains instructions for setting up the bridge by running the executable yourself. You may also want to look at the other ways to run the bridge:

Please note that everything in these docs are meant for server admins who want to self-host the bridge. If you're just looking to use the bridges, check out Beeper, which provides fully managed instances of all of these bridges.


Compilation (optional)

  • Go 1.17+ (download & installation instructions at https://golang.org/dl/)
  • Olm dev headers and a C/C++ compiler (if you want end-to-bridge encryption)


  • A Matrix homeserver that supports application services (e.g. Synapse). You need access to register an appservice, which usually involves editing the homeserver config file.
  • A WhatsApp client running on a phone or in an emulated Android VM.
  • libolm3 (if you compiled manually and want end-to-bridge encryption)
  • ffmpeg (if you want to send gifs from Matrix)


You may either compile the bridge manually or download a prebuilt executable from the mau.dev CI or GitHub releases.

Compiling manually

  1. Clone the repo with git clone https://github.com/mautrix/whatsapp.git
  2. Enter the directory (cd mautrix-whatsapp)
  3. Run ./build.sh to fetch Go dependencies and compile (build.sh will simply call go build with some additional flags).
    • If you want end-to-bridge encryption, make sure you have a C/C++ compiler and the Olm dev headers (libolm-dev on debian-based distros) installed. Note that libolm3 is required, which means you have to use backports on Debian stable.
    • If not, use ./build.sh -tags nocrypto to disable encryption.

Downloading a prebuilt executable from CI

  1. Go to https://mau.dev/mautrix/whatsapp/pipelines?scope=branches&page=1
  2. Find the entry for the master branch and click the download button on the right-hand side in the list.
    • The builds are all static with olm included, but SQLite may not work. Postgres is recommended anyway.
  3. Extract the downloaded zip file into a new directory.

Configuring and running

  1. Copy example-config.yaml to config.yaml
  2. Update the config to your liking.
    • You need to make sure that the address and domain field point to your homeserver.
    • You will also need to add your user under the permissions section.
  3. Generate the appservice registration file by running ./mautrix-whatsapp -g.
    • You can use the -c and -r flags to change the location of the config and registration files. They default to config.yaml and registration.yaml respectively.
  4. Add the path to the registration file (registration.yaml by default) to your synapse homeserver.yaml under app_service_config_files. You will then need to restart the synapse server. Remember to restart it every time the registration file is regenerated.
  5. Run the bridge with ./mautrix-whatsapp.


If you compiled manually, pull changes with git pull and recompile with ./build.sh.

If you downloaded a prebuilt executable, simply download a new one and replace the old one.

Finally, start the bridge again.