Telegram Desktop can be installed on Ubuntu/Linux Mint from the Ubuntu’s APT repository, but this way you will get a quite outdated version of the app.
This note shows how to install the latest version of the Telegram Desktop application on any Linux distribution, incl. Ubuntu and Linux Mint, from the official
tsetup.*.tar.xz tarball and how to update the already installed application.
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Download & Install Telegram on Linux
Download the latest version of the Telegram Desktop setup tarball from the official website:
$ cd ~/Downloads/ $ wget https://telegram.org/dl/desktop/linux -O tsetup.tar.xz
Extract the tarball to
$ tar -xvf tsetup*.tar.xz $ sudo mv Telegram /opt/telegram-desktop
Once extracted, the
/opt/telegram-desktop directory will store two binary files:
Make yourself the owner of the
/opt/telegram-desktop directory to not being prompted for a password during an auto-update of the app:
$ sudo chown <username>:<username> -R /opt/telegram-desktop
Optionally, you can create a symbolic link to the Telegram app launcher in
/usr/local/bin directory, which will allow us to run the
telegram-desktop command in a terminal regardless of your present working directory:
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/telegram-desktop/Telegram /usr/local/bin/telegram-desktop
Start the Telegram by executing this command:
$ telegram-desktop - or - $ /opt/telegram-desktop/Telegram
On the first execution, the command above creates the “Telegram Desktop” launcher in the “Applications” menu, so the next time it can be started from there, and also it creates the
~/.local/share/TelegramDesktop/ directory that will be used to store all of the Telegram user data and app settings.
Update Telegram on Linux
When a new version of the Telegram Desktop is released the “Updater” will automatically update the app’s binaries in the
/opt/telegram-desktop (may prompt you for a password).
But if you see a message as follows you may need to update it manually:
Please update your app to the latest version. The version you are using is out of date and will no longer work. If you don’t know how to update your app go to https://telegram.org/dl and install thee latest version of the official app.
To update the Telegram Desktop manually, simply download and unpack the latest version of the
tsetup.*.tar.xz tarball from the official website and replace the files in
$ cd ~/Downloads/ $ wget https://telegram.org/dl/desktop/linux -O tsetup.tar.xz $ tar -xvf tsetup*.tar.xz $ sudo mv Telegram /opt/telegram-desktop
Execute the following command to complete the update of the Telegram Desktop app:
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