Discord, how to install the client for this service in Ubuntu 18.04 | 20.04

about discord

In the next article we are going to take a look at how we can install the Discord client in Ubuntu 18.04 | 20.04. In case someone does not know yet, this is a freeware instant messaging service for VOIP chat, video and text chat, which works through servers, which are separated into channels either text or voice. Discord is available for Gnu / Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, and IOS.

Discord offers the ability to be used from a desktop client, but can also be used from the web browser. Although the application is for general use, its characteristics orient it towards video game communities.

Community users and friends can communicate through voice calls, videos and instant messages privately and easily. Whether you’re part of a private club, game group, art and design community, or just want to create a small group for a handful of friends to communicate privately, Discord makes it easy to do just that.

Install Discrod on Ubuntu

In the following lines we are going to see how we can install the Discord client in Ubuntu. Here are some of the more popular installation methods.

Through the DEB package

To begin with, let’s see how we can download and install the Discord client as a .DEB package. While other options for installing Discord may be good for some, installing it from its official DEB package is one of the easiest ways to do it. This package we can download it from the official page, downloads section.

We can also use the terminal to download the package. It will only be necessary to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the following commands to download the latest released version of the .DEB package:

sudo apt update

download discord deb

cd ~/Descargas

wget -O discord.deb "https://discordapp.com/api/download?platform=linux&format=deb"

Once the download is finished, we can proceed to installation. In the same terminal, we will only need to launch the following command:

install as deb package

sudo apt install ./discord.deb

After installation, to open the client we will only have to go to “Show Applications“And in the search engine write”Discord”. When the launcher appears on the screen, there is only click launcher to start the program.

launcher for discord

When it starts we will see a screen from which we will have to create an account or log in if we already have one.

create discord account

After create the account, and confirm the necessary email, we can start using the Discord client from the Ubuntu desktop.

discord running

Uninstall

For remove this client from our system, we will only have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the following command:

uninstall discord apt

sudo apt remove discord; sudo apt autoremove

Through Snap

Another way to install Discord in Ubuntu will be using its corresponding snap package. Snaps are containerized software packages that are easy to create and install. These types of applications are packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Gnu / Linux distributions.

For install Discord as a Snap package, we will only need to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command in it:

install as snap

sudo snap install discord

Snaps are confined, so Discord may not be able to perform some of the tasks it normally does when unconfined. This can cause the system registry to receive apparent errors. Granting access to the system observation interface will enable the necessary functions and therefore you should reduce these errors. We can grant this access with the command:

snap connect discord:system-observe

Once the installation is finished, we can now search for the launcher on our computer among all the installed applications.

discord launcher

Uninstall

If you have chosen to install Discord through its Snap package, you can remove it from your system In a simple way. You just need to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the command:

uninstall discord snap

sudo snap remove discord

Via Flatpak

Another installation option will be through its corresponding Flatpak package. If you use Ubuntu 20.04 and you still do not have this technology enabled, you can follow the guide that a colleague wrote in this blog a while ago about it.

When you can install Flatpak packages, to proceed to installation you just have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the command:

install flatpak discord

flatpak install flathub com.discordapp.Discord

When the installation is complete, we can launch the application typing in the same terminal:

flatpak run com.discordapp.Discord

Uninstall

For remove this program installed as flatpak, it is only necessary to open a terminal and execute the command in it:

uninstall discord flatpak

flatpak uninstall com.discordapp.Discord

The Discord servers are organized into channels arranged by topic where you can collaborate, share, or just talk about your day. In these lines we have seen how easy it is to install the Discord application in Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04. Users who want, can get more information about this application in the project website.

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