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Install And Use Official Telegram Desktop Client In Linux

Telegram is one of the best instant messengers for Linux and definitely needs no introduction.

You can use it on your smartphone. On the desktop, you can use it in a web browser. If you use it frequently and want an even better experience, you can install it on your computer.

Telegram provides native applications for Linux users in the form of Snap and Flatpak packages. It is also available in the software repository of most distributions.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you various methods of installing Telegram on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

  • Installing Telegram from official repositories on Ubuntu (easy but you may not get the latest version)
  • Installing Telegram using Snap on Ubuntu and other distributions (gives you the latest version)
  • Installing Telegram using Flatpak on Fedora and other distros (gives you the latest version)

You can go with any of the methods discussed here.

Method 1: Install Telegram in Ubuntu using Software Center

This is the most convenient way to install any software, especially if you’re a beginner and don’t want to mess around the terminal yet.

Open the software center and search for Telegram by clicking on the search icon, and from the given results, the first result is what you’re looking for.

search for telegram in software store

Click on the Install button and Telegram will be installed on your system.

click on install button

Remove Telegram

Open the software center and select the Installed tab to bring a list of installed software in the system. Here, you’ll find Telegram and a little bin icon for uninstallation. Click on that bin icon and that’s it!

removing telegram using store
Removing telegram using software center

Method 2: Install Telegram in Linux using command line

You will find the availability of Telegram in almost every package manager. Let me share the commands for some of the common ones.

For Ubuntu and Debian-based distros:

sudo apt install telegram-desktop

For Fedora, you have to enable the RPM Fusion repository:

sudo dnf install https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

Now, you can proceed with the installation of Telegram:

sudo dnf install telegram-desktop

For Arch-based distros:

sudo pacman -S telegram-desktop

You can use the respective package managers for removing Telegram.

Method 3: Install Telegram using Snap

Ubuntu comes pre-configured with Snap. For other distributions, you may have to enable Snap explicitly.

With Snap, you get the latest version of the Telegram application. Use this command:

sudo snap install telegram-desktop
using snap stable branch to install telegram

Removing Telegram using Snap

If you want to remove it afterward, use this command:

sudo snap remove telegram-desktop

Method 4: Install Telegram Through Flatpak

Flatpak is another universal packaging format for Linux. Many distros such as Linux Mint and Fedora come preconfigured with it. For others, you can easily enable Flatpak. You should also enable the Flathub repo.

You can install the latest Telegram version with this command:

flatpak install flathub org.telegram.desktop
using flatpak to install telegram

Removing Telegram with Flatpak

If you don’t like it, you can remove it using:

flatpak uninstall flathub org.telegram.desktop

Using Telegram in Linux

Once you’re done with the installation process, you can launch Telegram from your system menu or by just typing telegram in the terminal. With the first launch, you’ll be greeted with a welcome screen like this:

telegram welcome screen

There are two options to sign in: Using a QR code from your mobile app, so you won’t need to enter your phone no and OTP and the other is the traditional method (enter credentials and OTP to log in).

login with qr code

The default interface has been kept minimal and the below image is from our Telegram, which will notify you whenever we’ll post something useful to you.

itsfoss group in telegram

In the end …

Telegram is the go-to choice for almost every Linux user, including me. For most users, the free plan will work fine, but you can still choose to go with premium.

By the way, did you know that It’s FOSS has an official Telegram channel? If you are an active Telegram user, join our official channel to receive the latest updates instantly:

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  • I’ve had it running on Linux Mint 20.1 by downloading from Telegram directly here:
    https://desktop.telegram.org/
    I’ve upgraded to Linux mint 21.0 and re-downloaded the latest version:
    tsetup.4.3.1.tar.xz

    I extracted the files and In the Telegram directory that is created clicked on the Telegram program and everything came back.

    (OS installed on one partition and /home on another – same SSD)

    I was expecting to have to re-authenticate but didn’t have to.

    Without getting into it, how do you PURGE the system so that I can reinstall Telegram cleanly in this case?