If you want to install Discord on Ubuntu or Linux Mint you’re in good company as this messaging platform is ballooning in popularity worldwide for two reasons: it’s free, and it’s very, very good.
In this guide I show you how to install Discord on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and later using the official snap app available from the Canonical Snap Store.
Don’t like snap apps? No worries; I also show you how to install the official Discord Linux app from the command-line using a simple command you can copy and paste.
However you choose to install the Discord Linux app you get the same client that Windows and macOS users get, with the same features and the same functionality.
Using Discord for Linux you can:
- Create an account
- Create your own Discord channel or server
- Join public/private channels
- Send messages, gifs, and media
- Audio chats
Plus a whole lot more!
What is Discord, and why is it so popular?
Discord bills itself as an “all-in-one voice and text chat for gamers”. It’s free, secure, and works on desktop and phone devices.
Don’t be put off if you’re not a gamer as 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!
What makes Discord so fun to use is that it’s incredibly straightforward. You can make your own private Discord server for you and your friends, or join public/popular channels; you can add chat bots, chat with people in real time using text or audio, share memes, gifs, and more.
And the app guides you every step of the way.
Still, a messaging service is only as good as the people who can use it. In this area Discord comes up trumps. It has an official Linux app, as well as apps for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. There’s also a Discord web client if you want to use it in a web browser or a Chromebook.
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 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 install Discord from the Snap Store using Ubuntu Software or the new App Center in Ubuntu 23.10, or head to the Snap Store website for more details.
If you prefer to use a CLI, install the Discord snap app using this command:
sudo snap install discord
To update the Discord snap you need to do… Nothing. Snap apps update automatically in the background as you use your computer.
Like many Electron apps, Discord for Linux is 64-bit only. If you run a 32-bit version of Ubuntu you won’t be able to install it. To check if you’re use a 32-bit or 64-bit system go
System Settings > Details.
2. Install Discord from Flathub
If you have Flatpak setup on Ubuntu (or you use a different Linux distro) you can now install Discord from Flathub. This package is official, and is maintained directly by Discord themselves.
3. Install the Discord Linux app from a terminal
The Discord snap is the easiest way to install the client on Ubuntu, but it’s not the only way. You can also install Discord on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS or another distro from the command line.
First, download Discord for Linux using
wget, which is preinstalled on Ubuntu:
After the download is complete run:
sudo apt install ./discord-0.0.35.deb
Finally, launch the app from the application launcher (look for the purple ‘Discord’ icon).
You can update Discord in the future just 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.