Discord is an application for text, image, video and audio communication, which was developed for video gaming communities. Discord runs on various Linux distributions of your choice and, in particular, on Ubuntu 20.04. The objective of this guide is to install Discord the gamer's chat platform on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install Discord
  • How to launch Discrod
Discord on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
Discord on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed Ubuntu 20.04 or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software Discord
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Install Discord on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions

Install Discord using Snap

The easiest way to install Discord on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using snap:
$ sudo snap install discord
discord 0.0.9 from Snapcrafters installed

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Install Discord from the official package

  1. Install all prerequisites needed to perform the Discord installation:
    $ sudo apt update
    $ sudo apt install gdebi-core wget
  2. Download the official Discord debian package:
    $ wget -O ~/discord.deb "https://discordapp.com/api/download?platform=linux&format=deb"
  3. Install the previously downloaded package by using the gdebi command:
    $ sudo gdebi ~/discord.deb 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree        
    Reading state information... Done
    Reading state information... Done
    Requires the installation of the following packages: gconf-service gconf-service-backend gconf2-common libappindicator1 libc++1 libc++1-9 libc++abi1-9 libdbusmenu-gtk4 libgail-common libgail18 libgconf-2-4 libgtk2.0-0 libgtk2.0-bin libgtk2.0-common 
    All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers
     All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that's free, secure, and works on
     both your desktop and phone.
    Do you want to install the software package? [y/N]:y

  4. Start Discord either by searching for the application name in the Activities menu or be executing the following command:
    $ discord
    Search for discord application
    Search for discord application and start the application by clicking on the relevant icon.
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