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.

Caution: Please remember that the app is in beta. We’re still busy adding features and ironing out potential issues.

 

Download and install Slack

At the moment we support Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora.

Ubuntu

Debian

Fedora

  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at slack.com/downloads.
  2. Under Linux (Beta), choose Ubuntu 64-bit in the drop-down menu, then press the green download button to the right.
  3. Find the downloaded file in your Downloads folder. The file name will begin: slack-desktop
  4. Double click the file to view Slack in Ubuntu Software Center.
  5. Click the Install button to the right. You may 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.
  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at slack.com/downloads.
  2. Under Linux (Beta), choose Ubuntu 64-bit in the drop-down menu, then press the green download button to the right.
  3. Make an exact note of the full file name you see in the Open and Save dialog that appears.
  4. Check Save File then click OK.
  5. Open a terminal, then enter the following, replacing slack-desktop … .deb with the full name of the file you downloaded:  sudo dpkg --install slack-desktop-*amd64.deb
  6. To launch Slack, click Activities, then Show Applications, and then the Slack icon. You may need to scroll down through your applications to find it.

Desktop environments

  • Debian/Cinnamon: Run these commands from the command line: sudo dpkg update and sudo dpkg upgrade. Then install Slack. Place the version number being installed where you see the asterisk (*) symbol: sudo dpkg --install slack-desktop-*-amd64.deb
  • Debian/GNOME: Run this command from the command line: sudo dpkg --install packagename Then install the following packages: apt-transport-https, libappindicator1 and its dependencies: libdbusmenu-glib4, libdbusmen-gtk4, libappindicator7.
  • Debian/MATE: Run this command from the command line: sudo dpkg --install packagename. Then install the following package: gir1.2-gnomekeyring

Note: Having trouble using a different desktop environment? Let us know which one you're using and we'll follow up!  

  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at slack.com/downloads.
  2. Under Linux (Beta), choose Fedora 64-bit in the drop-down menu, then press the green download button to the right.
  3. Click the Open with button, and make sure Software Install (default) is selected in the drop-down menu.
  4. Click the Install button in the next window.
  5. If prompted, enter the password you use to sign in to Fedora.
  6. Once installed, you'll see a Remove button instead of Install. Ignore this, and close the installer window.
  7. To launch Slack, click Activities, then Show Applications, and then the Slack icon. You may need to scroll down through your applications to find it.

 

Update Slack

  • Ubuntu or Debian: Update Slack by entering these commands from the command line:sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Fedora: Update Slack by running this command from the command line:sudo dnf upgrade

 

Tips and tricks

  • Sign in to multiple workspaces
    You can use the app to sign in to multiple Slack workspaces. Simply click your workspace name in the top left to open the menu, then click Sign in to another workspace… to get started.
  • Pull up keyboard shortcuts
    There are a number of keyboard shortcuts to help you move around Slack faster. To see a list of keyboard shortcuts in the desktop app, use Ctrl /.
  • 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 check Launch app on login
  • Spellcheck
    Spellcheck is not available on Ubuntu 14.04 — there are issues with the version of libstdc++ required for these features.
  • Specify the proxy server
    You can specify the proxy server used with the --proxy-server=IP:port command line switch. This will look like in your terminal window: $ slack --proxy-server=ip:port 

 

Troubleshooting

Having trouble? Here's what to try first:

  • Refresh the app with Ctrl R.
  • Make sure you're running the latest version of the Linux app. Check for the latest version at slack.com/downloads.
  • If you're running into striations, pixelation, or rendering issues with the Linux app, try running this from the command line: slack & If you're seeing better results, enter: /usr/share/applications/slack.desktop Then, change Exec=/usr/bin/slack --disable-gpu %U to Exec=/usr/bin/slack %U. You can also make a local copy and edit: ~/.local/share/applications

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

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