Discord is a free voice and text chat app that caters primarily to gamers who needed an easier way to communicate in game. Installing the app on the bulk majority of covered platforms (Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android) is easy and rather straightforward. In only a few clicks (or taps) you can have Discord up and running on your device of choice. However, when it comes to newer Ubuntu Linux users who may not have a firm grasp on commands, it may be a little less than simple.
Don’t worry, it’s still not all that difficult but ultimately has a slightly different process to undergo before a Linux user can join in on the Discord craze. Normally, Linux users tend to be left out in the gaming world which is a notion that Discord has seen fit to scoff at. Discord developers were not willing to leave Linux users behind and have actively built and continue to maintain their popular chat platform for Linux too. Ubuntu users have it even better with a conveniently bundled in Debian/Ubuntu Discord package that is offered on most Linux app sites.
Installing Discord Ubuntu Packages
There are a couple of different ways to get Discord for Linux Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint. Most will require you to type in a command or two in order to install the app. Below, I go over multiple ways for you to acquire Discord for your Linux OS, starting with the easiest method.
Snapcraft.io is the fastest way to download and install Discord on the Linux OS. Well, it is so long as you have Snapd installed. Luckily for most all Linux users, Snapd comes already pre-installed for Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS or later. For those using a desktop, you’d also benefit from downloading the Snap Store app as well.
Just type the following command into the terminal:
$ sudo snap install snap-store
You will now have access to the Snap Store.
To use snap to install Discord, you’ll only need one more command typed into the terminal. Open up your terminal and type in the command:
sudo snap install discord
Enjoy your free voice and chat app!
There are other commands that may help with Discord setup including mic and camera options. Here is a list of commands to use:
sudo snap connect discord:camera core:camera
sudo snap connect discord:mount-observe core:mount-observe
sudo snap connect discord:network-observe core:network-observe
sudo snap connect discord:process-control core:process-control
sudo snap connect discord:removable-media
sudo snap connect discord:system-observe core:system-observe
For those who prefer something a bit more familiar, you can install Discord via the traditional method. First, you’ll need a few dependencies before you can install it on Ubuntu. Luckily, it’s already been put into an easily installable package for you. Open up your terminal and enter the following command:
sudo apt install libgconf-2-4 libappindicator1
Now you can install Discord using the traditional installation method. Next thing to focus on is are you a GUI user or an old command slingin’ Linux vet?
This process is a bit more lengthy than those which have been previously mentioned. However, it’s also the easiest method for those of you who are newer to Linux and prefer graphics to code.
Using the Graphical User Interface:
- Take a trip over to the Discord website.
- The site should automatically detect that you’re running Linux.
- The suggested download should be the one that you need, but if it isn’t, just scroll down the page. Other downloads are available there and will include Linux.
- Once the Linux download has been found, make sure that .deb has been selected.
- Click the Download button.
- When asked by your browser if you would prefer to open the file with the Ubuntu software installer or download the file, select the software installer.
- Either is fine if you prefer the download file but it’s far simpler to just open it automatically with the software installer.
- Expect the download to be fairly quick.
- Once the download is complete, the installer will open up on the screen and provide you the option to hit the Install button for the newly-downloaded package. Click Install to begin the installation.
- This process is also rather short and Discord should be readily available very quickly.
Going Old School
For the Linux veterans who prefer their code to all the fancy graphics, we’ve got you covered. There’s a more direct command line option you can take if you’d rather use Linux as it was always meant to be used.
Open up a terminal and change it over to your download directory. Use the command:
From the download directory, you’ll be able to use wget to snag the .deb package for Discord directly. Use the command:
wget -O discord-0.0.1.deb https://discordapp.com/api/download?platform=linux&format=deb
Once the download has completed, use dpkg to install the .deb package you just grabbed. Use the command:
sudo dpkg -i discord-0.0.1.deb
Aren’t Linux commands great?
After you’ve chosen a method and finished all the steps, you can open up your software launcher and do a search for Discord. When you find it, just click the Discord icon to launch the app. You’ll likely be prompted to create an account if you have yet to do so. If you already have an account, it’ll require a sign-in.
After you’ve tackled those obstacles, Discord is there for endless voice and text chat. Jump in, meet friends, create a server, the choice is yours. Game on, my friend.