2 Ways to Install Telegram Messenger on Ubuntu: PPA & Snap Package

Telegram is a free and open-source instant messaging app that values user’s privacy and data encryption, available for GNU/Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. In this tutorial, I will show you 2 ways to install Telegram on Ubuntu.

Telegram Messenger Features

  • Sync messages across your computers, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Unlimited file sharing with up to 2 Gigabytes per file. Send messages, photos, videos, and any type of file.
  • Secret chat with end-to-end encryption.
  • Secure and fast video calls, which supports picture-in-picture mode.
  • switch video on or off at any time during voice calls.
  • Create groups of up to 200,000 people.
  • Create channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences.
  • Profile Videos. You can now upload a video to your profile.
  • Multi-accounts. Stay signed in on 3 accounts from different phone numbers without logging out.
  • and more

Method 1: Install Telegram on Ubuntu Via Snap

A Canonical employee has packaged a Telegram snap app. You can find it in Ubuntu Software by searching for “telegram”. Then click install button to install it on Ubuntu.

install telegram on ubuntu

You can also open a terminal window and enter the following command to find the name of Telegram snap package.

snap find | grep telegram

Then run this command to install it.

sudo snap install telegram-sergiusens

install telegram on ubuntu 16.04 via snap package

Method 2: Install Telegram on Ubuntu via PPA

There’s also a Telegram PPA available for Ubuntu. Run the following 3 commands to install from PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install telegram

If you can’t find Telegram in Unity Dash after it’s installed, log out and log back in, then you should be able to find it.

Snap packages and deb packages can live happily with one another. So you can install two Telegram clients on Ubuntu.

run two telegram clients at the same time on ubuntu 16.04

Two Telegram clients running at the same time on Ubuntu

The downside of this Telegram snap app is that there’s no tray icon. In addition, it can’t open link via Web browsers and CJK fonts are not displayed properly.  From a pragmatic standpoint, I recommend installing Telegram from PPA.

In theory, snap package is safer to use because it is confined by sandbox. However, the default display server on Ubuntu desktop is still X11 and as you may already know, X11 is inherently insecure. Applications in X11 can steal other application’s data.

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One Response to “2 Ways to Install Telegram Messenger on Ubuntu: PPA & Snap Package

  • Manoj Mulakala
    7 seconds ago

    This app has been discontinued , there is an official app from telegram themselves,
    use the follow command to install :

    snap install telegram-desktop

    if you have installed app mentioned in the post first,then run the command below to disable the app first:

    snap disable telegram-sergiusens

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