How to Install Discord on Ubuntu 20.04

If you play a lot of online PC games, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with Discord.

Video games and the internet go together like Doritos and Mountain Dew. With the internet, you don’t need to seek the bustling crowds of an arcade or wrangle friends together for gaming on the couch.

They can enjoy cooperating with or competing against other people all over the world. Granted, online multiplayer isn’t always a pleasant experience, especially when it comes to communication.

What Is Discord?

With over a quarter of a billion users, Discord is one of the most popular ways gamers communicate online. Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app that’s used by tens of millions of people ages 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends.

People use Discord daily to talk about many things, ranging from art projects and family trips to homework and mental health support.

It’s a home for communities of any size, but it’s most widely used by small and active groups of people who talk regularly.

The vast majority of servers are private, invite-only spaces for groups of friends and communities to stay in touch and spend time together. There are also larger, more open communities, generally centered around specific topics such as popular games like Minecraft and Fortnite.

All conversations are opt-in, so people have total control over who they interact with and what their experience on Discord is.

People love Discord because it’s a home for all their communities and groups of friends.

It’s a place where they can be themselves and spend time with other people who share their interests and hobbies. There’s no algorithm deciding what they should see, no endless scrolling, and no news feed. Conversations on Discord are driven by shared interests.

Gaming is definitely Discord’s focus, at one point the service even gave free away PC games to paid subscribers before realizing it couldn’t beat Steam. However, any online community can take advantage of the features Discord offers.

Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, iPadOS, Linux, and in web browsers. As of 2021, the service has over 350 million registered users and over 150 million monthly active users.

What makes Discord better than other VoIP services?

If you want just to talk with a small group of friends while playing some games, both Skype and Discord will get the job done.

However, Discord stands out by giving you the option to run the app in a browser, letting you change individual people’s mic levels and offering an overall lower-latency voice chat, which helps when talking to people across the globe.

If you’ve installed the Discord app on your PC, you also have the option of having it run as an overlay while you’re playing games.

This makes it easy to tweak audio levels or type something quickly without having to alt/tab to another window.

Key Features of Discord:

  • As we all know that Discord is available on multiple platforms(Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, iPadOS, Linux & Web), having an app on your smartphone will help you to login with your user information, and continue a conversation you left on a different device.
  • If you are a regular user of Discord web, you must be aware that the platform allows users to any public channel, and all you need is an invitation code. However, finding invitation codes is also not that hard, especially for the most popular games, such as Fortnite, Cold War, Minecraft, Modern Warfare, and others.
  • A user can also create your own channels or the so-called “servers” using the popular Discord interface which also allows you to invite your friends to join.
  • Apart from the above-mentioned features, the user interface of the Discord app is pretty simple and useful for video game fans because it is quick and convenient.

This article explains two methods of installing Discord on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Discord as a Snap Package

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the Discord application. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and execute the following command to download and install the Discord package on your system.

$ sudo snap install discord

That’s It. Now you can open the Discord application with the help of Activities search bar.

You don’t have to do anything To update Discord. Snap apps update automatically in the background as you use your computer.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “Discord” and install the application.

Method 2: Installing Discord via .deb Package

While Snaps are the easiest way to get this package installed on your system it’s not the only way. You can install Discord on Ubuntu 20.04 via .deb package, if you’d prefer.

Step #1

Type the following command to Download Discord package(.deb) for Ubuntu 20.04 using wget command.

$ wget https://dl.discordapp.net/apps/linux/0.0.14/discord-0.0.15.deb

Step #2

Once the download is complete, execute the below commands to update packages.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Note: The user must have sudo privileges to run all these commands.

Step #3

After completing the above steps, Now execute the following command to install the Discord package.

$ sudo apt install ./discord-0.0.15.deb

That’s it! You have successfully installed Discord on your Ubuntu machine, and you can start using it.

You can update Discord in the future just by using the app. The client automatically checks for and download any updates, and prompts you to restart the app when an update is ready to install.

Starting Discord

In the Activities search bar type “Discord” and click on the icon to launch the application.

When you run Discord for the first time, default configuration process will get started.

Now on next screen enter valid login credentials to logging in to the application.

Discord user interface:

Image Credit: discord.com

How to Uninstall Discord from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Discord application, refer following commands.

If you have installed Discord via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove discord

If you have installed the appication using apt then uninstall by running the below command:

$ sudo apt remove discord

Conclusion

I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to Install Discord on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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