Discord Linux: How to download and install, configuration features and problems

Messenger Discord has long been adapted for Linux operating system and contains similar content as Windows and MacOS, including access to servers and channels, microphone and headphones settings, screen sharing and thematic chats that accommodate hundreds and thousands of eSports players and those who care about the entertainment industry. There will be no problem with cross-platform support either – the previously registered account will be available on Linux computers as well.

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How to download Discord on Linux

There are several options to diversify the software on your Linux computer: you can download content from the official site in deb and tar.gz formats (the appropriate option is selected depending on the operating system version). Or you can use the terminal and a few commands that initiate the installation of the messenger. Which way to use – depends directly on the amount of free time and skills, but below consider both examples, and therefore unnecessary questions hardly arise.

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Download from a browser

The method is relevant for owners of Ubuntu operating system version 16.04.4 LST or later: additional actions are practically not required, even calling the terminal and entering all kinds of commands (like “apt install”).

The procedure is very predictable – just go to the official website, switch to the tab “Download”, and then select the version for Linux and choose the appropriate format. The downloaded distribution is only to unpack and run.

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Using the terminal

Installing messenger through the terminal is a little more complicated:

  • you will first need to call the text line to enter commands using the key combination “Ctrl + Alt + Del”;
  • then enter the command “sudo apt update and apt install -y snapd”;
  • procedure is almost complete, the last step is “$ sudo snap install snap-store”.

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Configuration peculiarities

Discord does not make any special or at least additional requirements for the initial setup of the messenger on Linux – it is enough to understand the basic things that are relevant for Windows and MacOS:

  • Authorization or registration. New users have to prepare a personal profile, adding information about username and password, e-mail and additional confidential data. For those who have been using Discord for a long time, it is enough to authorize by filling in a number of text fields.
  • Choice of microphone and headphones. Messenger automatically picks up information about the equipment used in the system – headphones, microphones, headsets – in 99% of cases. But there are exceptions, and therefore it is necessary to go to “Settings” by clicking on the gear at the bottom left, and then – select the item “Voice and video”. A list with “Input Devices” and “Output Devices” appears on the screen.

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  • Voice and Audio Settings. Just below are the settings related to sound activation, desync, noise reduction, and other technologies that add volume to the voice or get rid of unnecessary noise or unevenness in the sound. Each of the items with parameters is signed, so even beginners will hardly have any problems with the settings.
  • Integration of third-party services. Discord has long allowed you to sync your personal account with your social network profiles, gaming services like Steam, and music streaming platforms like Spotify. If you want to stream tracks you’re playing or share your activity, there’s no problem.

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Uninstalling Discord from Linux

Uninstalling software on computers running the Linux operating system follows a familiar and almost unchanging scenario, which depends directly on the selected method. There are several variants:

  • Terminal. Calling the terminal from the left side of the interface, checking the software added to the system with the command “dpkg -list”, viewing information about Discord (if the messenger does not appear in the list, there will be problems with uninstallation). Next – enter the combination “sudo apt-get -purge remove discord”. After adding the command, it will be required to pass the identification with the superuser password. The final touch is to agree to uninstall and wait for the corresponding message to be displayed.
  • Ubuntu Software. In addition to the terminal, Linux computers have long had a graphical interface with a logical structure that divides the available software into “All” and “Installed” tabs (the screenshot shows the English version of the operating system), containing the content available in the official digital store and that which is added to the system, and therefore available for installation.

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  • At the top of the interface is also available a search bar in case it is almost impossible to find the same Discord manually in the list because of the abundance of available software. After searching, the “Uninstall” inscription will appear next to the installed messenger and a pop-up window warning of the irreversibility of the actions taken. If the decision has already been made, the last step is to confirm the uninstall. Linux will handle the rest without additional help.

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Possible problems when using

The Linux version of the Discord messenger, in terms of functionality, available content and even settings, is similar to the Windows and MacOS releases. Therefore, there are hardly any software problems related to malfunctioning microphones, headphones or the same display screen, if the necessary drivers are loaded (we are mainly talking about updates for video cards and peripherals, which require additional software on the computer).

If the problems occur, it does not make sense to blame Linux directly: it is much more logical to try to find the causes of the inoperative messenger manually. It is recommended to take advantage of and trivial reboot your PC, and download updates for Discord, and change the directory for unpacking files (the default directory often solves half the problems).

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