In this short guide, we will be installing Telegram on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux. Telegram is a messaging and voice over IP application available on various Linux distributions of your choice and, in particular, Ubuntu 20.04. As a user of Telegram you will be able to send messages, photos, videos or other files over this service.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install Telegram on Ubuntu 20.04
  • How to start the Telegram application
Telegram on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
Telegram 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 Telegram
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

Installing Telegram on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions

  1. The easiest way to install the Telegram Desktop application is to open up a terminal and enter:
    $ sudo apt install telegram-desktop
    
    Optional packages related to the Telegram Desktop messaging application are command-line interface for Telegram messenger and purple plugin to support Telegram. Both packages can be installed using the apt command:
    $ sudo apt install  telegram-cli telegram-purple
    
    Another alternative for installaion of the Telegram Desktop on the Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the GUI package management interface. Do for example, if you are using the default GNOME desktop, simply search activities for Ubuntu Software.
    Once in the Ubuntu Software interface, search for telegram and hit the Install button
    Once in the Ubuntu Software interface, search for telegram and hit the Install button.
  2. Use your desktop menu to start the Telegram Desktop application. Alternatively you can start the application by executing the below command:
    $ telegram-desktop
    
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