How To Install And Use Slack In Linux

Install and use Slack in Linux

Slack is one of the top messaging services for teams. You probably use it for your work. We do here at It’s FOSS to communicate among ourselves. In this article, we’ll see various ways to install and use Slack in Linux.

Some might wonder why we don’t just run Slack in a browser tab. My answer is that it is nice to have it in a separate application because it is easier to switch to and it will not go away if you accidentally close your browser.

Slack: The official client for Linux

Slack has started offering a native app for Linux recently. It is still in beta, but works pretty smooth and you can definitely install it to use Slack in Linux.

It has all the features that you would expect from the native client, including desktop notification, auto-login and options to change teams etc.

There are binaries available for Ubuntu (.deb) 32 bit and 64 bit and Fedora (.rpm) for 64 bit system. You can download the binaries from Slack download page.

Download Official Slack Client (Beta)

In case, you are not happy with the beta client or want some open source solution (though Slack is not open source), we’ve got you cover. I am going to introduce you to two open source client for Slack with options to add multiple instant messaging applications and email.

ScudCloud:

ScudCloud: Unofficial Slack client for Linux

ScudCloud is an unofficial client for Slack. It improves Slack’s integration into the Linux desktop by adding the following features:

  • native system notifications
  • count of unread direct mentions on launcher or system tray
  • channels quicklist (Unity only)
  • optional tray notifications
  • “Close to Tray”

I prefer Scudcloud because it runs better than official Slack client for Linux. I had a problem with the latest update to Slack. Hopefully, they fix it soon.

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You can use the following commands to install ScudCloud on Ubuntu-based systems.

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:rael-gc/scudcloud
echo ttf-mscorefonts-installer msttcorefonts/accepted-mscorefonts-eula select true | sudo debconf-set-selections
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install scudcloud

To install on ScudCloud on Arch, search the AUR for scudcloud.

To install it on Fedora, use the command below:

sudo dnf install scudcloud.

You can find more installation instructions on their GitHub page.

ScudCloud on GitHub

Rambox

Rambox: Slack for Linux

The second option for Slack on Linux is called Rambox. If these two apps were pocket knives, Scudcloud would be a single blade folding knife and Rambox would be a Swiss Army knife.

Rambox is not limited to Slack, but also supports WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Hangouts, Telegram, WeChat, Gmail, Inbox, HipChat, ChatWork, GroupMe,Grape, Gitter, Steam, Discord, Noysi, Outlook, TutaNota, Hushmail, BearyChat, Sync, Wire, Rocket Chat, Missive, Yahoo Mail, Office 365, Dasher, DingTalk, FlowDock, Mattermost, Voxer, and Yahoo Messanger.

On top of support for 33 messaging and email services, Rambox allows you to sync your Rambox installs across multiple computers. Like ScudCloud, it supports native notifications. You can also add custom services that are not implemented by Rambox.

Rambox is available for Linux, Windows and Mac from their website:

Download Rambox

Honorable Mention

There is a third option named Franz. It supports 22 messenger services besides Slack. I didn’t include it because I’m not sure it’s open-source. I couldn’t find any licensing information for it. If you are interested, you check it out at the link above.

What’s your Slack?

What’s your favorite Slack app for Linux? Have you had any experience with the apps we mentioned?

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Hola from Spain. I heard about Franz and I have tried to use it, I've said try because when I open it my laptop crashes. so I'm going to give an opportunity to Rambox. Anyway I was going to talk about Slack. I had used, well touched to see how it was a pair of time in Android but now I have the necessity because I have to change some documents with my pupils and they don't use, for instance, email (they are another generation...) But when I have gone to Slack page looking for the native client for Ubuntu I crashed like my laptop because there was only a version for 64 architecture. So I decided to look for an applicaton for linux and I arrived here and my heart smiles again because of Scudcloud. So I have got what I wanted and maybe something more. Thank you very much.

I tried Rambox, and found that it's made with electron. Which means that it imports on a single window, web content for every app. Too resource hungry for my specs. (Acer Aspire 5672)

Well I never knew of Rambox, After seeing their website, Its Awesome, thanx for mentioning it...

Author

That's why we get paid the big bucks. :)

All the licensing info for Franz is here http://meetfranz.com/acknowledgements.html

I think I will try Rambox by Protonmail. I use their encrypted mail too.

Abhishek Prakash

confusing license policy! I say, it's not Open Source.

I think too, it's not open source.

Author

That's the exact reason Franz only got an honorable mention.