How to install Telegram on Linux

Let’s install Telegram on Linux. Telegram Messenger is a powerful application to keep in touch with friends, family, and acquaintences across a variety of operating systems, including those on mobile and computer.

You need a phone number to initially sign up, but then it’s simple to download the messenger on Linux and use it to message others. It’s also capable of hosting large group chats, video calls, and social media feeds.

In this tutorial, we’ll go over the step by step instructions to install Telegram Messenger on all major Linux distros. Telegram is simple to install, since it’s natively available in most distro’s official package repositories. You’ll also see a few alternative methods of installing the application in case you are on a different Linux distro.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Telegram with package manager
  • How to install Telegram with Snapd and Flatpak
  • How to install Telegram from official website
How to install Telegram on Linux
How to install Telegram on Linux
Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Any Linux distro
Software Telegram Messenger, optionally Snapd or Flatpak
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 Telegram with package manager



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On most Linux distros, it’s possible to install Telegram Messenger with the system’s package manager, since the Telegram package is available in the official repos.

Use the appropriate command below to install Telegram with package manager.

To install Telegram on Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint:

$ sudo apt install telegram-desktop

To install Telegram on Fedora, CentOS, AlmaLinux, and Red Hat:

$ sudo dnf install telegram-desktop

To install Telegram on Arch Linux and Manjaro:

$ sudo pacman -S telegram-desktop

Install Telegram with Flatpak or Snapd

If you have a different distribution, you could always use a univeral package manager such as Snapd or Flatpak.

To install Telegram with Snapd:

$ sudo snap install telegram-desktop

To install Telegram with Flatpak:

$ flatpak install flathub org.telegram.desktop

Install Telegram from official website

The last option is to install Telegram Messenger as it’s directly downloaded from the official Telegram website.

$ wget -O telegram.tar.xz https://telegram.org/dl/desktop/linux
$ tar xf telegram.tar.xz
$ sudo mv Telegram /opt/telegram
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/telegram/Telegram /usr/bin/telegram


Telegram Messenger running on Linux
Telegram Messenger running on Linux

Closing Thoughts

In this tutorial, we saw several different methods for installing the Telegram Messenger application on a variety of Linux systems. Telegram offers secure and encrypted chats, with snappy response times and tons of different options. Best of all, Telegram is free and open source. Now that it’s installed, you can log into your account and message your friends.



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