How to Install Telegram on Linux Mint (easy and fast)

In this short guide, I’ll show you how to install Telegram on Linux Mint in several ways. The program is an excellent messenger for students. There are a lot of groups in areas like:

  • Python
  • Linux
  • Data Science

Note: Telegram has huge materials, books and information in areas like Biology, Geography, Math, Computer Science.

Step 1: Download and Install Telegram from the official site

This is my preferred method for installation. You will get the latest version and Updater is included.

Steps to Download and install it:

  1. Visit the official site: https://desktop.telegram.org/
  2. Select Platform
    • Telegram for Linux 64 bit
    • Telegram for Linux 32 bit
  3. Download the tsetup.2.4.7.tar.xz file
  4. Extract it
  5. Run it

If you like to create a Desktop Entry or shortcut to Linux Mint panel you can follow this article:

Linux Mint 19 Add Shortcuts to Panel

Step 2: Install Telegram from Software Manager

The second option is installation from the Software Manager. This is going to install the flatpak version.

The steps are:

  1. Main Menu of Linux Mint
  2. Software Manager
  3. Search for Telegram Desktop
  4. Install

Alternatively you can use the terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram-desktop

If you install the app in this way you will have entry in the menu. Updates should be automatically as well.

Note: Some people reported problems with flatpak apps. Personally I prefer to use official site when possible.

Step 3: Install Telegram with snap

Telegram is available as a snap application. The installation process is simple and includes only one command:

sudo snap install telegram-desktop

If you don't have snap it can be installed by:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd

More information on this link: Enable snaps on Linux Mint and install snapd.

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