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How can one determine the current or latest version of WhatsApp Desktop (for macOS or Windows) available for download?

The current obstacles:

  1. It appears one can not determine the downloadable version from https://www.whatsapp.com until it's installed.
  2. I see no place to "check for upgrades" in the macOS desktop app.
  3. Currently, the App Store install (Version 0.3.9309) is an older than the downloadable version from https://www.whatsapp.com, so auto-upgrades from App Store do not appear to be useful.

I do not have a Windows machine, so I have not been able to test anything there. But I ask for Windows version-detection as well, for the sake of my current and future team members (no current team members with Windows).

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  • Where did you install it from initially? App Store or direct, the versioning may be different. one will not be an update of the other, directly. There is likely to be functionality in the direct version that Apple will not allow in the App Store, hence the disparity.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 21, 2020 at 17:52
  • They only seem to advertise the beta updates :/
    – DavidPostill
    Jan 21, 2020 at 17:54
  • @Tetsujin - I initially installed from whatsapp.com/download Jan 21, 2020 at 20:48

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On macOS, in a browser, go to https://web.whatsapp.com/desktop/mac/releases.

You will get something that looks something like this:

{"name":"2.2210.9","notes":"2.2210.9","url":"https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.16592-6/10000000_3179600072286747_8209932109665859618_n.zip/release-2.2210.9.zip?_nc_cat=1&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=ab91e1&_nc_ohc=kvDpPN1QqEsAX-orkrR&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=00_AT-KOFvfJld4KcnshBbvXRqnUbTp8vEMteGgTp5OBAwYHA&oe=6251BC69","pub_date":"2022-03-24T13:52:01-07:00"}

The "name" field is your latest release version.


**EDIT** After reviewing the Homebrew cask package, it seems that the version returned by brew info --cask whatsapp has to be manually updated via a git pull request after a whatsapp update is released. The below method may not be correct just after a whatsapp update. The browser method above will always return the latest version however.

Alternatively, with homebrew installed, run the following in Terminal:

brew update
brew info --cask whatsapp

The output should look something like this:

% brew update
Already up-to-date.
% brew info --cask whatsapp
whatsapp: 2.2208.14 (auto_updates)
https://www.whatsapp.com/
Not installed
From: https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-cask/blob/HEAD/Casks/whatsapp.rb
==> Name
WhatsApp
==> Description
Desktop client for WhatsApp
==> Artifacts
WhatsApp.app (App)
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  • Hooray for (home)brew! I love it, thanks @Cancun101. Jan 21, 2020 at 22:10
  • The version printout at the weblink (web.whatsapp.com/desktop/mac/…) is also super helpful. Thanks again. Jan 22, 2020 at 16:09
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    Downvoter(s): please explain why you downvoted. For me (the question asker), this answer nails it. (Yet another example of how StackExchange loves to frown upon useful information.) Jan 22, 2020 at 17:39
  • Were you ever able to figure out what the version link for the Windows version is? Also, how did you find the macOS link originally?
    – XJDHDR
    Apr 2 at 4:43
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    @johnny-utahh - That said, I think I found an equivalent answer for the Windows portion of the question. After the email fails, I used Fiddler to do some packet sniffing and found the following URL: web.whatsapp.com/check-update?version=1&platform=win32 It appears to give some info comparing the queried WhatsApp version (the "version=" parameter) with the latest version. One of those pieces of info being the latest version's version number ("currentVersion":"<number>").
    – XJDHDR
    Apr 6 at 6:21
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If you download the app but do not install, do a properties on the (details tab) on the exe file as I did, for Windows 64bit, currently it is 0.4.315, probably can do this for the mac version using a mac PC.

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  • I'm not seeking how to determine the version that's running on my OS/system/machine. I'm looking to determine the latest-released version available from WhatsApp the company. Jan 22, 2020 at 5:28
  • You did not read, I never said to install it. The latest is the one they offer at the time, I showed you how to find the version number after you download but DO NOT INSTALL it.
    – Moab
    Jan 22, 2020 at 13:33
  • Oh yes, my bad for my misread. I still want something provides version info without having to download software (eg: reading version on the web page) and/or upgrade to the latest version of an installed app (see homebrew for macOS) when requested. If I understand correctly, this answer suggests I download a file/package/software just to peer at it's properties (through an rather-technical process) just to get the version number of what I downloaded. While technically answer, this does not server the intent or spirit of the question. Regardless - thanks for clarifying! Jan 22, 2020 at 15:20
  • Evidently there is no solution but mine for Windows.
    – Moab
    Jan 22, 2020 at 15:46
  • maybe there's a "windows" platform weblink like this one for mac (as mentioned by Cancun101 in the mac-based answer here)? web.whatsapp.com/desktop/mac/… Jan 22, 2020 at 15:51

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