Installing Slack for Linux on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 / 18.04

Slack, the popular team communication and collaboration platform is now available for Linux and this brief toturial is going to show students and new users how to install it on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 desktop…

Slack brings teams together to colloborate on projects so work can get done as quickly and efficiently as possible… Whether you’re a small or large enterprise, Slack can help your team communicate and colloborate… and these conversations will be available on the desktop, mobile devices and everywhere you have Slack installed…

Caution: Slack for Linux is in beta. New features are still being added and potention issues still being ironed out…

When you’re ready to install Slack for Linux follow the steps below:

Below are two options available when installing Slack on Ubuntu desktops…. You can select either one to get it installed…

Option #1: Install Slack DEB Package

To install Slack using its DEB package, simply go to this link below and select the .DEB version… 64-bit should be good if your system supports it.. Then download it to your desktop (usually to the Downlaods foldero of your Home directory).

https://slack.com/downloads/linux

slack for linux ubuntu

Download and save the file to your desktop… usually in the ~/Downloads folder of your Home directory.

Slack for linux ubuntu install

After downloading, navigate to your Downloads folder, then right-click the downloaded file and select Open With Software Install

Slack for Linux setup

When Ubuntu Software opens, click Install to begin the installation.

Slack for Ubuntu Linux

That should prompt you to type and confirm your password before the installation can continue… When you’re done, Slack should be installed and ready to use… To launch it, go to the Activities Overview and search Slack and launch it.

Slack Ubuntu setup

Option #2: Install Slack via Snap

Slack can also be installed via Ubuntu snap package management… This might be the quickest way to install Slack.

To install via Snap, run the commands below

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install slack --classic

That’s it!

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