4 Easy Steps to Download & Install Slack on Linux for Ubuntu or any other Distro

How to download and install Slack on Linux for Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian or other Linux Distribution using .deb, .rpm or Snap packages.

Slack is a powerful collaboration tool that combines all of your communication together in one place. You can build channels for your teams, projects, virtual watercooler activities, onboarding, communities etc. Slack also has features that let you talk to your teammates over voice and video, share files and loads of other productivity apps for remote and hybrid teams to make your work more efficient and your teams more collaborative.

Slack offers the Linux app in .deb and .rpm packages. Ubuntu users should install .deb while the rest of Linux distros like fedora should install .rpm. The Linux version is no different from the web/windows in that it offers all the same features.

Installing Slack on Ubuntu


Method 1: Downloading Slack using the .deb package

  1. You can simply visit the Slack for Linux page and get the Slack DEB package.
  1. Select the DEB package and save the file on your system. You can also use the Wget command to download the file.

  2. Once the download is complete, you can start installing Slack after entering your password and updating the apt-cache.

    How to update apt-cache?
  • Run the downloads directory with
$ cd Downloads
  • Type:
$ sudo apt update 
  1. Once the installation is complete, you can open it by typing in the slack command or clicking on the Slack icon ‘activities’.


Method 2: Downloading Slack using the Snap package

  • Slack can also be installed using the Snap package. To install the Snap package in an Ubuntu system, you can use command:
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install snapd.
  • Next, simply enter the password and the installation will begin.
  • Install Slack using the Snap package and run this command ​​to begin and update respectively:
sudo snap install slack --classic
sudo dnf update slack

Installing Slack on Fedora, Debian or other Linux distros 


Method 1: Downloading Slack using the .rpm package

  1. You can simply visit the Slack for Linux page.

  2. Install the .rpm package

  3. Search for the file in downloads and open it in the file manager

  4. Install after entering fedora password

  5. Open the Slack app and run it

Method 2: Downloading Slack using the Snap package

Snaps are discoverable and installable from the Snap Store. It is an app store with an audience of millions.

1. To get started, you need to enable snapd
Snap can be installed on Fedora using the command line:

sudo dnf install snapd

2. To ensure that the snap’s path is updated, you need to restart your system or login back again. 

3. You can enter this command to enable classic snap support and create a link between /var/lib/snapd/snap and /snap:

sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

4. Next, to install Slack, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install slack --classic

Conclusion

Now that you’ve learnt how to install Slack on Ubuntu, Fedora and other Linux distros, you might be wondering how to use Slack. For more information, you can visit the Slack help center. You can also check out our guide to getting started and which channels to have on your Slack.

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