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

You can install Slack from the command line with snap:
sudo snap install slack --classic


If the ☝️ above option isn't available, you can also download the app from the Slack downloads page:

  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 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.
  1. Visit the Slack downloads page at slack.com/downloads.
  2. Select Fedora (64-bit) from the drop-down menu.
  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-3.0.2-0.1.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

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


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 Clear Cache and Restart.


Check your app version

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


Fix rendering issues 

If you're running into striations, pixelation, or rendering issues, here's what you can do:

  1. Enter this command: cp /usr/share/applications/slack.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
  2. Then run the following:
    gedit ~/.local/share/applications/slack.desktop
  3. Lastly, change Exec=/usr/bin/slack --disable-gpu %U to Exec=/usr/bin/slack %U .

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

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