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A Telegram Snap Package Is Available on Ubuntu 16.04

Using Ubuntu 16.04 and want to install the official Telegram Linux app?

Don’t run off to the official website to get the official binary: there’s now a Telegram app snap package available on Ubuntu 16.04.

To install it you can search for ‘telegram’ in Ubuntu Software or, if you don’t mind mind flexing your fingers at the command line, load a new Terminal and run:

sudo snap install telegram-sergiusens

Telegram Snap

The Telegram snap app is the exact same client as the one Telegrams distributes themselves. The only difference is this one is available to install without downloading a separate package.

The Snap has been packaged up by a Canonical employee and, in theory, is safer to use as it runs in a confined sandbox (usual X11 flaws still apply, however).

What this app is not is the Ubuntu Touch Telegram QML app maintained by Canonical for Ubuntu phone and tablet. It is the open-source Telegram desktop app created and maintained by Telegram.

This version of the app is not as fully fleshed as the native Mac OS X app the company makes, nor the Android and iOS app. But it does support most of the secure-chat service’s features, including Stickers, group chats, and profile editing.

It even integrates with Ubuntu to offer a Unity launcher badge count for unread messages and an indicator applet menu to quickly access the main app window.

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