How to Install Discord Application in Ubuntu and Other Linux Distributions

Discord is an application built for communication. You can text, call, video call, or share your screen with anyone, no matter where they are in the world, through Discord. You can also share media files and documents, making it the ideal app for communication. 

On Discord, you can make communities called “Servers”. Anyone can join servers through a specific invite code or link. When you join a server, you can communicate with anyone on the server through either a personal message/direct message or by using Text and/or voice channels. 

You can make automated bots on Discord, which can be instructed to do different tasks. For example, you can make a bot that welcomes anyone who joins the server. For the people who love memes, you can ask the bot to show you a hilarious meme. If you wish to listen to a song, you can type the name of that song in tandem with a bot-specific command to play it. 

Discord also has a user-friendly, colorful, and animated interface making it very fun to use. There are millions of people who are already using it, and the numbers are growing rapidly. So, it is safe to say that Discord is an appealing application to all.

The application can be installed and used on different operating systems. This includes Linux and its distributions. If you are wondering how to install Discord application in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, this article will guide you through each step of the different ways of installing it.

It should be noted that although we’re using Ubuntu in this guide, the methods to install Discord would be the same for all Linux distros. So each method will help you learn how to install Discord application in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

With that said, let’s get going!

1. Using DEB File.

A DEB file is a Debian software package. DEB files are primarily used in Unix-based operating systems. They contain the libraries, executable files, and documentation related to the application you are installing. 

Discord also has a DEB file that can be downloaded from their official website. You just have to google it on your computer, and you will be led to the downloadable DEB file easily.

Follow these steps to install the Discord application on Ubuntu:

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Type Discord in the search bar. Click on the topmost result to head to the website or click here.
  1. On the homepage, you should see the Download for Linux option. Click on that option. You should see a drop-down menu with two options i.e., Deb and tar.gz file. Choose the Deb option.
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  1. When the package is downloaded, open it with the Software Manager to install it. 

With the steps followed correctly, you should now have discord installed on your device, this is the uncomplicated and swift method to install Discord. For the users who want to do it the other way, there are other methods as well. 

2. Using Snap Store.

A “Snap” is a software package that can be used on Linux and its distribution only. The “Snap Store” or “Snapcraft” is a Linux-unique application similar to “Ubuntu Software”. You can install and manage installed applications, and other software on your computer using this application.

The Discord application can be found on the snap store for download. Downloading and installing an application through snap is a bit different as compared to installing from a Deb file. But not to worry, we will be explaining all the steps.

We will be using “Snapcraft”, which is the online website for installing snaps. There is an application called “Snapd” that can be found in Ubuntu Software. If you are going to follow the forthcoming procedure, you need to make sure that the “snap support” is turned on in “Ubuntu Software” and that “Snapd” is installed.

 Follow these steps to install discord using the snap store. 

  1. First, Open your Firefox browser.
  2. Type Snapcraft in the Search bar.
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  1. Click on the first link.

You can directly head to the snap store website by clicking here.

  1. In the search bar of snapcraft, type Discord. On pressing enter, you shall see the icon of Discord. Click on it so you can move on to the next page.
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  1. You should see the install option on the top-hand right corner. When you click on it, you should see this. We need to type the command in the Terminal.
Install Discord in Ubuntu linux
  1. Open the terminal on your desktop and type the given command:
$ sudo snap install discord
  1. When you press enter after typing the command, the terminal will ask for your password. Provide the password, and you will be on your way.
Install Discord in Ubuntu linux
  1. Alternatively, you can choose the option of “view in desktop store” to install Discord from “Ubuntu Software”.

Installing applications through snaps has some prerequisites, just make you have all of them covered. Other than that, the installation process is easy. However, if this method seems complicated, you can opt for the third method.

3. Using the tar.gz File.

The “tar.gz” file, also called “Tarballs,” is a file that contains a multitude of other files or folders. It is a collection of files and is mostly used for easy storage. They are mostly compressed and can be likened to “rar” files.

The “tar.gz” file for any application has all of the relative information required to install and run the application successfully. As seen before, the “tarball” file for Discord can be found on its official website, but the installation process is quite different from the one for the DEB file. 

So follow this procedure accurately to install using tar.gz file:

  1. Follow the procedure for the Deb file in Method 1 until step 3.
  2. From that drop-down menu, choose the option of tar.gz file
  3. After the package has been installed, open the terminal.
  4. Extract the contents of the file using the following command:
$ sudo tar -xvzf Discord-0.0.10.tar.gz -C/opt
  1. The command will create a directory for Discord and its files. We need to proceed by creating a symbolic link in the bin directory. For this type, the following command:
$ sudo ln -sf  /opt/Discord/discord usr/bin/Discord

The bin directory has all the binary commands for the system. We have successfully shifted the binary commands for Discord to the bin directory.

  1. Now we need to create the desktop icon and menu entry. We have to shift the discord.desktop file present in the opt directory to the applications directory. Type the following command:
$ sudo cp -r -v /opt/Discord/discord.desktop /use/share/applications 

With this, you have successfully installed Discord on Ubuntu using the tar.gz file. For using Discord, you will need to restart your computer. After restarting, open it using the desktop icon, and you will be good to go.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to install Discord application in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. If you are looking for a game to play with your friends, we recommend Among Us. You can learn how to install Among Us on Linux by clicking here.

Discord is an excellent application for people who want to communicate and know different communities worldwide. This article went through the different ways of installing Discord for Ubuntu. So if you use Ubuntu, now you can go and talk with millions of people worldwide.

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