Slack for Linux (beta)

Slack for Linux brings all the features you find in your browser, plus support for multiple workspaces, right to your desktop.

Note: Slack for Linux is in beta. We’re still busy adding features and making adjustments to the app. 🐝

Download and install Slack

At the moment we support Ubuntu, Fedora and RHEL.




Download the app from the Slack downloads page

  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at
  2.  Click Download .deb (64-bit) or Download .rpm (64-bit).
  3. Locate the file in your Downloads folder (the downloaded file name will begin with slack-desktop). 
  4. Double-click the file to view Slack in Ubuntu Software Centre.
  5. Click the Install button to the right. You might need to enter the password you use to log in to Ubuntu.
  6. To run the app, search your computer for Slack, then double-click the Slack icon.

Install Slack from the command line with snap

sudo snap install slack --classic

Tip: We don’t recommend having both the .deb and .snap packages installed at the same time.

  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at
  2.  Click Download .rpm (64-bit) or .
  3. Locate the file in your Downloads folder (the downloaded file name will begin with slack). 
  4. Open the file in your package manager.
  5. Click the Install button.
  6. If prompted, enter the password you use to sign in to Fedora.
  7. To launch Slack, click Activities, then Show Applications and then the Slack icon. You might need to scroll down through your applications to find it.
  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at
  2. Click Download .rpm (64-bit).
  3. Click Save File, then OK.
  4. Open Terminal.
  5. Run the following commands in your terminal: 
    wget rpm -Uvh epel-release-latest-7.rpm sudo yum -y install ~/Downloads/slack-3.2.1-0.1.fc21.x86_64.rpm

Note: Make sure that your system is registered with Red Hat Subscription Manager.


Update Slack



Update Slack by entering these commands from the command line:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade slack-desktop

Update Slack by running this command from the command line: 
sudo dnf update slack

Tips and tricks

Pull up keyboard shortcuts

There are a number of keyboard shortcuts to help you move around Slack faster. Use Ctrl / to see a list of keyboard shortcuts in the desktop app.

Launch Slack at login

You can choose to have Slack start automatically when you log in to Linux. Just click your workspace name in the top left to open the menu, then select Preferences. Next, click the Linux App tab and tick Launch app on login

Specify the proxy server

You can specify the proxy server used with the --proxy-server=IP:port command line switch. This is what it will look like in your terminal window:
$ slack --proxy-server=ip:port 


Having some trouble with the Slack for Linux app? Here are some tips to try:

Clear cache

  1. From the Slack desktop app, click Help in the menu bar.
  2. Select Troubleshooting and click Clear cache and restart.

Check your app version

Make sure you’re running the latest version of the Slack for Linux app.


Need help? Drop us a line with the details. We’ll be happy to help you troubleshoot!

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