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Getting IG:dm running on Windows and Linux

IG:dm (Instagram Desktop Messenger) is a desktop application used for continuing your Instagram chats from your mobile devices to your computer—just like WhatsApp.

While IG:dm is built to support all platforms (macOS, Linux, and Windows), there are some known issues you might encounter when trying to get it running on your Windows or Linux machines. Here’s a list of them, and possible workarounds.

Cannot Install on Windows 10 and Windows 8

There have been cases where the windows installer crashes while being executed with the following error:

Windows Error

There are 2 known solutions to solve this problem:

Windows Screenshot

How to run it on Linux

As of version 2.3.1, the Linux version of IG:dm comes as an AppImage which is a format for packaging applications in a way that allows them to run on common Linux-based operating systems, such as RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and derivatives.

However, in some cases, you might get the following error when you try to run it on a Linux machine: This Package is not compatible

To fix this:

You need to convert the IGdm AppImage file into an executable file by following the steps here

Unable to Login due to 2-Factor Authentication

Although this issue is not specific to any particular platform, it is a common issue.

As of version 2.3.1, IG:dm does not have support for Instagram's two-factor authentication so if you are a user with a 2-factor authentication on, you might find yourself unable to login to IG:dm

How to fix this

A current workaround for this would be to:

After doing this, Instagram would recognize your IG:dm device from that point on, and you would not be required to enter the 2-step verification code even if you log out and then log back in with IG:dm.

Disclaimer: If you do not feel comfortable with temporarily disabling two-step authentication on your account, please don't go through with it.