How to install Telegram on Ubuntu 23.04

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

Telegram is a cross-platform messaging app that you can use almost on any device.

Telegram Desktop can be installed on Ubuntu 23.04 by using flatpak, snap or using the source code.

It's worth mentioning that Telegram Desktop is the web version of Telegram, which means there may be some features missing comparing to the mobile app. However, you can still use telegram for messaging on your Desktop, just like you use it on your phone or other devices.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Telegram on Ubuntu 23.04, by using flatpak and snap.

Install Telegram with Flatpak

Telegram is available for download on Flathub repository, so downloading and installing Telegram can be done easily from the Flathub repository.

Ensure that you have Flathub repository added on your system, in order to download Telegram Desktop.

Now to install Telegram Desktop, simply run the command below

flatpak install flathub org.telegram.desktop

Once you run the command above, you will see the following prompt on your terminal, simply press Y key to confirm and then press enter to proceed installing Telegram

Install Telegram with Snap

Telegram can also be installed with Snap. Snap is enabled on Ubuntu 23.04 by default, so you don't need to setup anything.

To Install Telegram with snap, run the command below

sudo snap install telegram-desktop

As you can see above, Telegram is being downloaded from "stable" channel. Once the installation process is completed, you will see the following output

Now you can close the terminal window, and run Telegram.

Launch Telegram Desktop

You can now launch Telegram Desktop and start using it. Telegram Desktop will be added on the applications menu, no matter which installation method you went with.

So, to launch Telegram Desktop, open "Activities Overview" and type "Telegram" in the search box, then click Telegram to launch it.

Uninstall Telegram with Flatpak

To uninstall a flatpak app, in this case Telegram. You need to use the uninstall option as below

flatpak uninstall org.telegram.desktop

Next, you need to confirm by pressing Y key to proceed uninstalling Telegram

Uninstall Telegram with Snap

To uninstall Telegram that you installed with Snap, you can do so by running the command below

sudo snap remove telegram-desktop


In this tutorial, you learned how to install and uninstall Telegram on Ubuntu 23.04, with flatpak and snap.