How to Install Discord on Ubuntu Linux

Install Discord on Ubuntu Linux

Discord is a wildly popular text and voice chat application. Though it began life catering primarily to gamers, it has gained widespread favor across nearly all audiences.

Discord isn’t just a great chat client. When you install it you also get its powerful server capabilities, batteries included. Gamers and non-gamers alike can spin up their own private chat servers in minutes, making Discord an obvious choice for teams, guilds, and all sorts of communities.

All too often, Linux users are left out in the gaming world. That’s not the case with Discord. Its developers actively build and maintain their popular chat platform for Linux too. Ubuntu users have it even better. Discord is bundled in a convenient Debian/Ubuntu .deb package.

Get and Install the Packages

There are a couple of ways that you can get Discord for Ubuntu. You can take a look at both and choose the one that you’re more comfortable with.

Via Snap

The easiest way to install Discord is definitely via Snap. Discord is available as a Snap package. You can easily install it with the command:


If you decide to install via the traditional method, then there are a couple of dependencies that you need before you can install it on Ubuntu. It’s not a big deal. Open up your terminal and enter in the following command to get what you need:

Graphical Install

The graphical install process takes a bit longer, but it also tends to be simpler for newer Linux users.

Download Discord for Linux

Start by heading over to the Discord website. The site should automatically detect that you’re running Linux and suggest the correct package right in the main section of the page.

If it doesn’t, just scroll down a bit. The next section of the page shows the other available downloads, and Linux will be there.

Once you’ve found the download link for Linux, check to see that “deb” is selected, and click the “Download” button.

Ubuntu prompt to install Discord

Your browser will ask if you would prefer to open the file with the Ubuntu software installer or download the file. You can do either, but it is quicker to automatically open the package with the software installer.

Ubuntu Software Center Discord Inst all

The download is fairly quick, so the installer will open right up and allow you the option of installing your newly-downloaded package. It’s a fairly plain window without a nice icon or a lot of descriptive text, so don’t be put off by that. It’s normal. Click “Install” to begin the installation.

The install process won’t take long. Afterward, Discord will be available and ready to use.

Command Line Install

Lazy Linux veterans don’t care much for fancy GUI tools. If you fall into this camp, there’s a more direct command line option for you.

First, open up a terminal and change into your download directory. From there, you can use wget to grab the .deb package directly.

When the download completes, you can use dpkg to install the .deb package directly. Run the following command:

Testing It Out

Discord icon in Unity

Now you can open your software launcher and search for Discord. Click the icon to launch it.

Login to Discord on Ubuntu

On your first run you will be prompted to create an account or sign in. Do whichever you need to.

Discord running on Ubuntu Linux

After you sign in, you’ll be dropped right in to Discord. It will offer some introductory tutorials and advice. You can jump right in and play around, though. Welcome to your new Linux chat experience!

Nick Congleton Nick Congleton

Nick is a freelance tech. journalist, Linux enthusiast, and a long time PC gamer.


  1. sudo dpkg -i discord-0.0.2.deb || sudo apt install -f

    No need for installing dependencies manually and keeping track of them yourself when apt has the ability to do this itself and mark those dependencies as part of the deb that you just installed.

    1. Thank you simonizor, i get the window but nothing was showed in it.
      I tried your method and it worked perfect.

  2. Hi,
    Could we install discord on an headless debian serveur (without X session) just to be used by clients?

  3. hi I’ve downloaded the discord file and all that shit but when i go to run the “sudu dpkg -i discord-0.0.1.deb” this is what I get

    dpkg: error processing archive discord-0.0.1.deb (–install):
    package architecture (amd64) does not match system (i386)
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    could really use some help thanks.

    1. Hey!

      To me it looks, like you have a 32 bit (i386) operating system installed (maybe because of hardware dependencies).
      The package, however, is for 64 bit (amd64) operating systems only.

      You should either concider installing a 64 bit OS, if your hardware allows it, or hope, that Discord team releases a 32 bit version of the app.

      For the time being, it looks like you are stuck without it, sorry.

      Hope it helped!

  4. i have successfully installed it following above commands but when i opened it , it says discord has crashed unexpectedly please help me to solve this .file:///home/lenovo/Pictures/Screenshot%20from%202018-03-05%2001-18-53.png

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