How to Install Slack on Manjaro 21 Linux

Slack is one of the most popular collaboration communication platforms in the world. From it was initial launch in 2013, it has grown. It is now favored amongst development teams and corporations to integrate many services, run groups, meetings, etc. The way Slack works is to create channels for your teams, topics, customers, or co-workers. Slack also features voice and video calls, file sharing when face-to-face meetings are not possible.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Slack on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

Update Manjaro

Before proceeding with the tutorial, it is good to ensure your system is up-to-date with all existing packages.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the directory is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install Slack

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install Slack using the following command.

yay -S slack-desktop --noconfirm

Remove --noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

Optionally, once installed, verify the current version that was installed.

slack -v

Example output:

How to Install Slack on Manjaro 21 Linux

Launch Slack

Now that you have completed the installation launching, it can be done in a few ways.

Using the command line terminal, you can open the software quickly by using the following command.

slack

Alternatively, run the slack & command in the background to free up the terminal:

slack &

The best way to use Slack for desktop users that prefer not to use the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path: Taskbar > Internet > Slack.

Example:

How to Install Slack on Manjaro 21 Linux

When you open Skype, sign in to your account or create one, then join workspaces or create one so you can start communicating and joining communities.

Example:

How to Install Slack on Manjaro 21 Linux

Congratulations, you have installed Slack.

How to Update Slack

To check for updates using the command line, use the following command to allow a blanket check for any updates across all packages.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

How to Remove (Uninstall) Slack

When you no longer want Slack installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.

yay -Rns slack-desktop --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install yay AUR helper quickly and install, maintain, and, if so, remove Slack on Manjaro 21 Linux series.

Overall, Slack is a great program, one of the drawbacks is the cost. Slack charges by the user, so If you get a few hundred to few thousand, it quickly becomes a drawback, hence why you only find corporations that use it and pay for a license. Most small businesses and development teams could not afford to pay for the premium features. However, it can still be used for free with relative ease if you accept missing out on a few things.

For more information, you can investigate and further learn about Slack by visiting the documentation page.



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