Install Slack in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release

Slack is a type of collaborative application. It improves communication between members of a team/group. This in turn leads to improvement in team’s productivity. Besides, it is developed by Slack Technologies. The application was first released in August 2013. Furthermore, at the time of writing the article, beta version – 4.4.2 of Slack is available for Ubuntu. The application is available for various platforms like – Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS etc. In this article, we would discuss how to install Slack in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release.

We would install Slack through two methods –

  1. deb package available from official website and,
  2. snap store.

We can choose any of the aforementioned methods to install Slack application.

Note: Following operations would require you to have superuser privileges. In case you don’t have one, then contact your System Administrator for assistance.

Install Slack in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release

First, we would download deb package available on official website of Slack. So, visit Homepage of Slacks’ website. A drop-down menu will open for Resources tab. Therein, click on Download.

On the Download page, click on Download .deb (64-bit) button. It will start downloading the package – slack-desktop-4.4.2-amd64.deb

Method I. Now, we can install the downloaded package either through dpkg or apt. Choose one which you are comfortable with.

cd /path/to/package/
sudo dpkg -i slack-desktop-4.4.2-amd64.deb

or,

cd /path/to/package/
sudo apt install ./slack-desktop-4.4.2-amd64.deb

where,

apt is Advanced Package Tool and,

dpkg is Package Manager for Debian and -i –> option installs the package file.

If, in case, some dependency related issues arise. Then, issue the following in terminal –

sudo apt install -f

where,

-f –> fixes any broken dependency issues.

Alternately, we can install the package through snap also.

Method II. Usually snap is installed as default in Ubuntu distribution. But, if for some reason its not there then –

sudo apt install snapd

It would install the snap package for us.

Thereafter, to install Slack –

sudo snap install --classic slack

In conclusion, we have discussed how to install Slack in Ubuntu 20.04 release through downloaded deb package & snap store.