Telegram FAQ

How to Install Telegram on a Computer Running Linux

You can install Telegram on a PC or laptop running Linux in three ways: using the Ubuntu Software Center, from the official website or via the terminal window. Let’s examine all three installation methods using the example of the Ubuntu OS with screenshots and explanations. We will teach you to work with the graphic user interface, to install the portable client version and to find the Snap and Flatpak bundles via the command prompt. You can also read about adding the Software Center if the software manager isn’t already installed.

Installing Telegram Using the Ubuntu Software Center

Installing the messenger through the graphic user interface of the Software Center is intuitive and shouldn’t pose any difficulties. This method will suit beginner Linux users who are not familiar with the terminal window and are used to working with the iOS, Android, or Windows operating systems.

1. Click on the Software Center icon on the Ubuntu Dash left side panel.

finding the Ubuntu Software Center

2. In the window that opens, click on the magnifying glass icon.

locating the application search bar

3. In the search bar, type in “telegram”.

searching for Telegram in the Ubuntu Software Center

4. Click on the top result, telegram-desktop.

opening the Telegram Desktop page

5. Read the description. Take note of the application version and file size.

description of Telegram for Linux

application version and size

6. Press the green Install button near the top of the screen.

beginning Telegram installation in Ubuntu

By default, Ubuntu Software Center offers the latest stable version of Telegram. To download the newest messenger version and to explore the updates at the testing stage, select the second item from the Source drop-down menu.

choosing the latest/edge channel

7. Wait for the installation to complete.

installing Telegram in the Linux OS

messenger installation successfully completed

After completing the installation, press the Permissions button and check the permission settings for Telegram to access the camera, microphone, speaker, and flash drive. You don’t have to change the default settings.

opening the Telegram permission settings

adjusting the messenger permissions

Click on the Telegram icon on the desktop and sign up for the messenger.

the Telegram icon on the desktop

launching the messenger for the first time

The development of the Software Center was completed in 2015, so this outdated program may not be installed on your computer by default. To install the software manager, press Ctrl + Alt + T at the same time to open the terminal window, then type in the command sudo apt-get install software-center. If there is an issue with the installation or the software manager isn’t working properly, use the command sudo apt --reinstall install software-center to reinstall the software manager.

Installing Telegram for Ubuntu from the Official Website

Downloading Telegram for Ubuntu from the official site gives you the portable version of the application. Save the messenger on a flash drive and launch the program on any PC or laptop. Communicate with your friends from your home, a café, college, or the office.

1. Click the Mozilla Firefox icon on the Ubuntu Dash panel and open the website

launching Mozilla Firefox

open the official messenger website

2. Scroll down and follow the blue Telegram for PC / Linux link.

follow the Telegram for PC/Linux link

3. Click on the blue Get Telegram for Linux button to download the messenger from the official site.

downloading the installer for Ubuntu

If you want to install Telegram from a Flatpak bundle, follow the Flatpak link to the Flathub repository and press the INSTALL button. To install the application from a Snap bundle, go to the Snap Store, select the version and click on the button in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

installing the messenger from a Flatpak bundle

installing from the Flathub repository

downloading the application from a Snap bundle

installing from the Snap Store

4. To save the Telegram archive file on your computer, select Save File in the modal window that appears and click OK.

saving the messenger archive file on your PC

5. Double-click on the archive file tsetup.3.7.3.tar.xz with the left mouse button and press the gray Extract button on the top left side of the window.

opening the archive file tsetup.3.7.3.tar.xz

6. Press the green Extract button in the top right-hand corner of the modal window. Don’t change the extraction settings in the bottom part of the screen.

extracting the messenger in Ubuntu

7. The archiving software will inform you when the archive file has been successfully extracted. Press Show the Files.

archive file successfully extracted

By default, files are extracted to the root directory Home.

messenger folder in the root directory Home

8. Open the Telegram folder and click on the file with the name of the messenger.

launching Telegram Portable for Linux

Click on the blue button and link your phone number to the messenger.

registering upon first launching the app

To free up memory, delete the Telegram catalog and the archive file tsetup.3.7.3.tar.xz. You don’t need to uninstall the application.

How to Install Telegram via the Ubuntu Terminal

Working with the console will suit experienced users and adherents of the Linux philosophy. If “bundles,” “dependencies,” and “repositories” are not your cup of tea, we recommend installing applications via the Ubuntu GUI.

1. Click the Show Applications button in the bottom left-hand corner of the window.

finding the list of applications in the Ubuntu OS

2. In the application search bar, type in “cmd”.

3. Click on the Terminal icon.

applications installed on the PC

open the Linux terminal window

As an alternative, you can open the terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T at the same time.

the Linux command prompt

4. To search for the Telegram Snap-bundle, type in snap search telegram-desktop and press Enter.

Information about the application version and publisher will appear in the terminal window.

searching for the Snap-bundle

5. To install the client, execute the command sudo snap install telegram-desktop.

installing Telegram via the command prompt

In 1-2 minutes, a message will appear stating that the installation has completed. The Telegram icon will be added to the Ubuntu application menu.

wait for the installation to complete

messenger installation from the console is complete

6. To launch the messenger, type in the command telegram-desktop or click on the airplane icon on the desktop.

To search for the Flatpak bundle containing Telegram, type in flatpak search telegram. To install and launch the messenger, execute the command flatpak install flathub org.telegram.desktop followed by flatpak run org.telegram.desktop.