Want to install Discord on Ubuntu? You are not alone. This popular messaging platform is ballooning in popularity on all systems for two reasons: it’s free, and it’s good.

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In this post we show you how to install Discord on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, or higher as a Snap app.

And if Snap apps aren’t your thing? Well, that’s cool too as we show you how to install Discord’s Linux app using the terminal and a couple of commands.

Whichever way you choose to install Discord you’ll be able to create a new account (or log in with an existing one); join your favourite channels; send messages, gifs, and media; take part in audio chats with other users; or create your own private Discord server.

Discord: What it is and why it’s popular

Discord bills 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 the service is increasingly popular with non-gamers too. In fact, all of the Discord channels I’m a member of are nothing to do with gaming!

Part of the popular of Discord can do it does incredibly well. 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.

The Discord Linux app on Ubuntu

Naturally a 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, plus apps for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and a web client that works in any modern web browser.

Discord is also free — at least for now. The company says it may introduce some optional real-money extras, like sticker packs and so on, similar to WeChat and other platforms, in the future. But its core functionality is a veritable buffet you’re free to feast on!

Install Discord on Ubuntu

Install Discord as a Snap app

Discord for Linux is an Electron based app (as it is on other systems). Despite this the app integrates neatly with the Ubuntu desktop. It has a status tray indicator with a small set of options, and can deliver native desktop notifications.

You can download the app from the Discord website or install the Snap version:

Discord on 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 open it as the app automatically downloads any updates when you run it. And when there are major client updates then the Snap app will update automatically in the background as you use your computer.

Install Discord via the terminal

While Snaps are perhaps the easiest way to get the 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 the following two commands.

First, download Discord for Linux:

wget https://dl.discordapp.net/apps/linux/0.0.12/discord-0.0.12.deb

Then run this command to install the Discord Linux app:

sudo apt install ./discord-0.0.12.deb

Finally, to launch the app, open your application launcher and find the purple ‘Discord’ icon.

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