How to Install the Official Telegram Desktop App in Linux

Looking for a messaging application that is open source but has a major focus on security and encryption? Look no further than Telegram. It’s a modern cloud-based messaging application that allows you to share pictures, videos and even files.

Unlike a lot of mainstream messaging apps, Telegram is available on both mobile and computer. This is great because it allows you to check your Telegram messages that you receive no matter where you happen to be. It’s safe to say it’s pretty awesome.

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Install the official Telegram app in Ubuntu

Are you interested in Telegram on Ubuntu (or Ubuntu-based distro)? Awesome! Here’s how you get it.

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Open up a terminal window. You’ll need to enter a few commands to get Telegram installed.

The first thing you’ll need to do is add the PPA (personal package archive) to your system.

After adding the PPA to your system, you’ll need to update Ubuntu’s software sources to reflect the changes you’ve just made.

Now that the update command has been run, you’ll be able to install the Telegram app.

After those few commands have been run, you’ll be able to launch Telegram on your Ubuntu installation. Have fun!

Install the official Telegram app in Arch Linux

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For ARCH Linux, you can get it straight from the Arch User Repository. It’d be nice if you could get it straight from pacman, but that’s not an option.

To install it, open your AUR helper of choice and find and install telegram-bin. It’s as simple as searching for that term. If you’re new to Arch and not quite sure what AUR helper you should use, read this. It’ll help you decide which AUR program is the best for you.

If you are a hardcore Arch user and don’t like to use AUR helpers, you can easily download the PKGBUILD for the official Telegram app here. Like all packages from the AUR, everything is straightforward when it comes to installation. Happy messaging!

Install the official Telegram app in other Linux Distros

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Not every version of Linux has an easy way to install software through some kind of personal package archive or an Arch user repository. If you don’t have these options, you’ll have to install Telegram the old fashioned way.

Go to the Telegram website and download the tar archive. Once you’ve downloaded it, open up a terminal window.

To get started installing Telegram, you’ll need to navigate to where the tar archive was downloaded.

Now it’s time to extract the tar archive to get it ready for installation.

Note: Telegram updates their tar archive fairly regularly, so keep in mind that the name of the archive you’ve downloaded may differ from the instructions. If this is the case, just take the command above and replace “tsetup.0.7.6.tar” with whatever the one you’ve downloaded is called.

With the software extracted from the tar archive, we can push it to the correct directory.

With the Telegram’s files put where they need to go, all that’s left is to create a link.

With the link created, you should be able to run Telegram.

Conclusion

These days it seems like everyone is using some kind of messaging app – iMessage, Google Hangouts, Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and the list goes on. Instant messaging has had some kind of renaissance. All these programs are great, but they all suffer a big flaw. They don’t have a great desktop version of their mobile app. That really sucks because sometimes you just want to type with a real keyboard.

With Telegram you get a great desktop app that is on par with the quality of the mobile app. This is something I really and truly appreciate. If you’ve been looking for a message service replacement with a great user experience on multiple platforms, with an added focus on security and open source, please check this program out.

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4 comments

  1. Hi, this is a very useful article, thanks :)

  2. Hi, can you describe what is the “Linking” ( “sudo ln -sf /opt/telegram/Telegram /usr/bin/telegram”) for?
    thanks.

  3. Cant get it to run in Antergos. I downloaded the tar from the official site as I have done in other distros, but here it wont start. I also tried installing “telegram-desktop” from the GUI package manager but still it wont run, there not even an icon for it after it gets “installed”.

  4. In Xubuntu 14.04 to properly install Telegram as an app, I did this:

    Downloaded the .xz file from official page,
    extracted it to home,
    then I downloaded an image for the app, from here
    http://i.imgur.com/CP3GVtP.png

    then I created a .desktop file
    nano .local/share/applications/telegram.desktop

    pasted in

    [Desktop Entry]
    Encoding=UTF-8
    Name=Telegram
    Exec=/home/username/Telegram/Telegram
    Icon=/home/username/Telegram/telegram128.png
    Type=Application
    Categories=Network;

    (replace username with yours)

    Ctrl+O (save file)
    Ctrl+X (exit nano)

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