If you want to install Discord on Ubuntu you are far from alone. This messaging platform is ballooning in popularity worldwide for two reasons: it’s free, and it’s very, very good.
And if Snap apps aren’t your thing, no worries; we also cover how to install Discord’s Linux app using a terminal.
Whatever method you use to install Discord on your Ubuntu desktop you get the exact same app as Windows and macOS features, meaning you can:
- Create an account
- Create your own Discord channel or server
- Join public/private channels
- Send messages, gifs, and media
- Audio chats
– and a whole heap more!
Discord: What it is and why’s it popular?
Discord describes itself as an “all-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.” But be put off it’s you’re not a game; the service is increasingly popular with non-gamers too. In fact, all of the Discord channels I’m a member of have nothing to do with gaming!
Part of what makes Discord so fun to use is that it’s incredibly straightforward. From creating a private Discord server for you and your friends, to joining public and popular channels; from adding a chat bot, to chatting with other users in real-time audio — the service guides you every step of the way.
A messaging service is only as good as the people you can speak to on it and in this area Discord comes up trumps. It has an official desktop Linux app, as well as apps for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. There’s even a Discord web client if you want to use it in a web browser.
Discord is also free — at least for now. The company says it may introduce some optional real-money extras, like sticker packs, similar to WeChat and other platforms, in the future. But its core functionality is a veritable buffet you’re 100% free to feast on!
Install Discord on Ubuntu
1. Install Discord as a Snap app
Discord’s Linux app is Electron based (as it is on other systems). Despite this, the app integrates neatly with the GNOME Shell desktop Ubuntu users. It has a status tray indicator with a small set of options, and can deliver native desktop notifications.
You download the app from the Discord website or install it from the Snap Store:
Like many Electron apps Discord for Linux is 64-bit only. If you run a 32-bit version of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS you won’t be able to install it. to check whether you’re using a 32-bit or 64-bit system? Head to
System Settings > Details to find out.
Alternatively, if you prefer to use a CLI, you can install Discord Snap app by running:
sudo snap install discord
To update Discord to newer versions all you need to do is… Nothing, really. Snap apps update automatically in the background as you use your computer.
2. Install the Discord Linux App from a terminal
While Snaps are the easiest way to get this messaging service installed on your system it’s not the only way. You can install Discord on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS or another distro using the command line and a binary package, if you’d prefer.
First, download Discord for Linux using wget, which is preinstalled on Ubuntu:
Once the download is complete you can run this command to install the Discord Linux app using apt.
sudo apt install ./discord-0.0.13.deb
Finally, to launch the app, open your application launcher and find the purple ‘Discord’ icon.
You can update Discord in the future just by using the app. The client automatically checks for and download any updates, and prompts you to restart the app when an update is ready to install.