How to Install Slack on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

Slack is a collaboration hub for work where all the information like Project discussions, important documents, Conversation, and announcements stored together which makes collaborating online as easy as collaborating in person.

Features,

  • Effective communication
  • Channels
  • Direct messages
  • Notifications
  • Mentions
  • Access to your tools and services
  • Secure working environment

You can refer to the official link to know more about the features.

(How to) Install Slack

Slack for Linux is still in the Beta phase where features getting added and potential issues are removed. We are going to use Ubuntu for the demonstration. There are two methods to install slack. We are covering both the methods below, but you should use either.

1. Install Slack .deb package in Ubuntu

Open Firefox, Chrome, or any other preferred browser and click to download the .deb slack package from the Official page.

Here, you have the option to download.DEB(64-BIT) or.RPM(64-BIT). We are interested in.DEB package as we are installing on Ubuntu which is Debian based Linux Distro, for Redhat based distros like CentOS, you can go for the.RPM package.

download slack for linux

Click the Download.DEB (64-Bit) button. You should get below Window with Open with or Save File option.

Select Save File Option and Click Ok Button.

save slack for linux

The installer gets downloaded in the Download folder. Select the installer file, right-click, and select Open with Software install option.

This starts the installation.

slack open with software install

Installation requires Authentication. Enter the password and click the Authenticate button.

Enter Authentication

That’s it. It should get installed within seconds.

slack desktop installing

slack installation complete

Just Navigate to Applications and Search for Slack. Click to launch it. Below is a welcome screen, just sign in and start collaborating with your team.

slack sign in

2. Install Slack Snap Package in Ubuntu

Slack is available as a Snap package. Snap is a single secure package and auto-update system for Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Centos, Amazon Linux.

Login to Ubuntu and Press CTRL+ALT+ T to start the terminal and run the below command to install the slack snap package.

$ sudo snap install slack --classic
slack 3.3.8 from Slack* installed

Verify installation and all other related information using the info command as shown below.

$ snap info slack
name:      slack
summary:   Team communication for the 21st century.
publisher: Slack*
contact:   https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us
license:   unset
description: |
  Caution: Slack for Linux is in beta. We’re still busy adding features and ironing out potential
  issues.
  
  Slack brings team communication and collaboration into one place so you can get more work done,
  whether you belong to a large enterprise or a small business. Check off your to-do list and move
  your projects forward by bringing the right people, conversations, tools, and information you need
  together. Slack is available on any device, so you can find and access your team and your work,
  whether you’re at your desk or on the go.
  
  Scientifically proven (or at least rumored) to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and
  more productive. We hope you’ll give Slack a try.
  
  Stop by and learn more at: https://slack.com/
commands:
  - slack
snap-id:      JUJH91Ved74jd4ZgJCpzMBtYbPOzTlsD
tracking:     stable
refresh-date: today at 12:16 IST
channels:
  stable:    3.3.8 2019-03-12 (12) 151MB classic
  candidate: ^                           
  beta:      ^                           
  edge:      3.3.1 2018-08-31  (8) 148MB classic
installed:   3.3.8            (12) 151MB classic

That’s it and installation is complete.

Snap is auto-updated. But for any reason, if you find your slack snap outdated, use the below command to update if there is a newer version available.

$ sudo snap refresh slack
snap "slack" has no updates available

You can remove slack snap using the command given below.

$ sudo snap remove slack

slack removed

Summary

Slack is a very nice app that helps your team stay connected and increase collaboration amongst them. I hope you find it useful.

Go ahead and try Slack.

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