Telegram is a popular free cross-platform, cloud-based instant messaging system. Telegram is famous for providing end-to-end encrypted video calling, VoIP, file sharing, amongst many other features. One of the main attractions of Telegram, it is unique in having no ties or shared interests with the big social media giants such as Facebook or Twitter. The application is also cross-platform, with app versions available for most operating systems for desktops and mobile/tablet devices.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Telegram 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.
Table of Contents
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.
Build the package using the
Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install Telegram using the following command.
yay -S telegram-bin --noconfirm
--noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.
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.
Alternatively, run the
telegram & command in the background to free up the terminal:
The best way to use Telegram 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 > Telegram Desktop.
When you open Telegram, sign in with your mobile and you can start communicating and joining communities.
Congratulations, you have installed Telegram.
How to Update Telegram
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) Telegram
When you no longer want Telegram installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.
yay -Rns telegram--bin --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.
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to install yay AUR helper quickly and install, maintain, and, if so, remove Telegram on Manjaro 21 Linux series.
Although Telegram Messenger has some clear advantages for users who prioritize privacy, it is not without its faults. Some have raised concerns about the app’s susceptibility to cyber-attacks and its lack of end-to-end encryption. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a communication client that prioritizes your privacy and does not bombard you with advertisements, Telegram is worth considering. Have you tried Telegram? What do you think of it?