Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app used by tens of millions of people ages 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media, and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers.” Discord is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux Distros.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Discord client on Linux Mint 20.
Table of Contents
- Recommended OS: Linux Mint 20.+
- User account: A user account with sudo or root access.
Updating Operating System
First, update your Linux Mint operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
Install Discord .deb package
To install Discord, you will need to download the .deb package from the Discords website. Visit the downloads page as you may require an updated link. Currently, version 0.0.16 is the latest; if this has changed, you can just modify the command number to suit the new version.
Now, download the Discord .deb package using the wget command:
Once you have completed the download, proceed to install the .deb package.
sudo apt install ./discord-0.0.16.deb
Type Y, then press ENTER key to proceed with the installation.
Next, verify the installation was successful by running the apt-cache policy command:
sudo apt-cache policy discord
How to the Launch Discord Client
With the install complete from either installation method, you can run Discord in a few different ways.
First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command:
Alternatively, run the Discord & command in the background to free up the terminal:
However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your Linux Mint 20 to open with the path: Taskbar > Applications > Internet > Discord. If you cannot find it, use the search function in the Applications menu.
Now open Discord, you will come to the login page, either create an account or use an existing account, and that’s it; you have successfully installed Discord on Linux Mint 20.
Comments and Conclusion
The tutorial has outlined how to install Discord on Linux Mint 20. Discord is and will be the number 1 gaming platform for online communities for the years to come. However, TeamSpeak self-hosted is making a comeback. The future will determine if Discord can keep its dominance, given the privacy concern these days.