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.

Ubuntu

Fedora

RHEL

Download the app from the Slack downloads page

  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at slack.com/downloads.
  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 the 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.

Install Slack from the command line with snap

sudo snap install slack --classic

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

  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at slack.com/downloads.
  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 ActivitiesShow Applications, and then the Slack icon. You may need to scroll down through your applications to find it.
  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at slack.com/downloads.
  2. Click Download .rpm (64-bit).
  3. Click Save File, then OK.
  4. Open Terminal.
  5. Run the following commands in your terminal: 
    wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm 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

Ubuntu

Fedora

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. 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


Specify the proxy server

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


Troubleshooting

Having 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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