How to Install and Use Slack in Linux

Slack is one of the most popular team communication applications. Whether it is Linux or not, numerous users may have had the chance to try Slack.

You probably use it to communicate with your colleagues, as we did here at It’s FOSS. We’ve moved to Rocket.Chat for a few years now, which is an open-source Slack alternative.

You can go through our comparison article between Slack and Rocket.Chat if you’re curious.

No matter what, if you decide to install and use Slack on Linux, we’re here to help with some of the best methods available to get started.

Of course, you can always use the web browser for the job, but it could be a better option to have a separate application dedicated to it.

Install Slack official client for Linux

Slack offers an Electron app for Linux that is available in Snap, Flatpak DEB, and RPM packages.

It has all the features that you would expect from a standard desktop client, including desktop notifications, auto-login, and options to change between teams/organizations.

If you use Ubuntu, you can install Slack from the Software Center itself. Just search for it.

slack in ubuntu software center
Slack in Ubuntu Software Center

If you don’t use Ubuntu, no worries. You can still install Slack on Linux, thanks to the Snap package, and the Flatpak package on Flathub. Just make sure that your Linux distribution supports Snap and Flatpak.

You can install the snap package via the command line using the following command:

sudo snap install slack

We recommend using the Snap package, considering it is more up-to-date. But, you’re free to try the Flatpak package as well.

If you prefer using DEB or RPM packages, you can download them from Slack’s website.

In case you are not happy with using a beta product, and you would rather not use Snaps, but want an open-source client (though Slack is not open source), we’ve got you covered.

There’s a way to use Slack and get some additional features overall:

Use Rambox to use multiple applications in one window

Rambox community edition is open-source, which happens to be a preferred option for some. Think of Rambox as a Swiss army knife of messaging and web apps.

What makes Rambox cool is that it’s not just limited to Slack. It also officially supports WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Hangouts, Telegram, WeChat, Gmail, Inbox, TweetDeck, GroupMe, Steam, Discord, Outlook, Tutanota, Protonmail, Wire, Office 365, Mattermost, Voxer, and much more.

On top of many supported services, Rambox lets you add custom websites if you want to use a web app that isn’t officially supported and allows you to sync your installs across multiple computers.

Rambox is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac, and it comes in two versions — a community-supported version aptly named Community Edition and a sleeker, more polished Pro version that the Rambox team officially supports. The Community Edition is free, while the Pro version will set you back $4 or $10 a month. There is also an enterprise variant that is catered toward larger corporations if that’s what you need.

Honorable Mentions

Similar to Rambox, you can try Franz or Ferdi. It has a few differences and offers a different user experience.

You can give them a try if you like.

What’s your Slack?

What’s your favorite way to use Slack on Linux? Have you had any experience with the apps we mentioned? Let us know in the comments section below.

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