3 Ways to install Telegram app on Fedora Linux
Telegram is a popular chatting application that uses the internet to send messages and share media files. It comes with lots of features and better security options than WhatsApp. Hence if you already have the Telegram app on your smartphone and want to access your chats and media files directly on Desktop; then we can install the Telegram Desktop application on Linux, Windows, and macOS easily.
We already have done a couple of articles around this subject, hence if you are a Debian based system user such as Ubuntu, then follow this link: How to install Telegram Desktop App on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
Whereas for Fedora users, the below-given steps will work perfectly fine.
Telegram Installation on Fedora Linux
#Ist Method using Tarball file
Run system update
User the DNF package manager and run the system update command to make sure all the packages are up to date including repo cache.
Download Telegram Tar file
Go to the official download page of Telegram and get the Tar file meant to install this chatting application on Fedora and other Linux. Alternatively, you can also use this link to directly download Telegram for Linux.
Extract & Install Telegram on Fedora 34
Now, extract the content of the downloaded Telegram Tar file and save it somewhere safe such as under /opt directory.
Now, to run the application:
After this, you will have a Telegram shortcut in the Application Launcher.
Optional – To Remove or uninstall
#2nd Method using Snap
Setup Snap-on Fedora 34
Fedora doesn’t come with Snap by default hence first we need to install the same on our system. Then after we can install the Telegram via the Snapcraft repository
Install Telegram Desktop Messenger App
Once we have Snap, next we just need to run a single command to set up Telegram on all active versions of Fedora including the 34.
#3rd Method using FlatPak
Well, those who don’t want to use any of the above-given methods can go for “Flatpak” just like Snap it is also very simple to use. Follow the below-given steps.
Open Telegram Flatpak – Linux
- Open browser in your Fedora 34 and visit this link-https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.telegram.desktop
- Click on the Install button.
- Select Open with “Software Install (default)”.
- Hit the OK button.
Wait for few seconds, after that again click on the “Install” button. That’s it. You will have your Telegram Desktop Messenger on your Fedora 34.
Telegram in Fedora
Recently, there has been a new wave of instant messaging services focused on the mobile world. Examples include Whatsapp, Messenger, Hangouts, and Viber. However, these are all closed and don’t have the best record of security and privacy. A new service with a different approach is Telegram. It’s developed and run by a non-profit organization, has an open API and protocol, provides open source clients, and stresses privacy.
The Telegram instant messaging service was founded by Nikolai and Pavel Durovs. They are known for founding VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, which they left after they refused to hand over users’ data to FSB. Telegram is based in Berlin and the service has received accolades all around the world.
I’d known about Telegram for some time, but hadn’t tried it out until I conducted a survey asking what IM services Fedora users were using. It caught my attention because it ended up surprisingly high in the list.
Here is a summary of what makes Telegram an attractive option for instant messaging:
- Free of charge and run by a non-profit organization
- Open (open API, open protocol, open source clients; the server side is currently closed though)
- Accepts file uploads up to 1.5 GB
- Secret Chats (end-to-end encryption, a timer to destruct messages) (API that lets you write your own bots to notify you or deliver content to your Telegram client).
How to Join
Telegram accounts are tied to the phone number of the user. The easiest way to start with Telegram are the mobile apps, because they can scan your contacts and give you a list of friends already using the service. You can join Telegram even without having a smartphone, though. You can create an account in one of the official clients including the web client. You’ll need a phone to receive authentication PINs via SMS.
Account Creation in the Web Client.
Available Clients for Fedora
There are several Telegram clients you can use in Fedora. There is no clear winner, though. Every client has its pros and cons, which I will try to describe in the following paragraphs.
The official client for Linux desktop is open source and can be found in Copr. You can install it by running the following commands:
The desktop client has all the bells and whistles of Telegram. It includes group chats, emoticons, stickers, and sending/receiving files. However, it lacks one important feature: secret chats which provide end-to-end encryption and were ranked by EFF at 7/7 points.
The desktop client is written in Qt, but unfortunately it’s patched. This makes it hard to include in the official repositories of Fedora. Another minor inconvenience is that it uses its own notifications, instead of the standard ones the system provides. Moreover, the app in Copr is not really built from the source code, but a packaged binary provided on the website of Telegram. So instead of relying on the packaging system, it has its own updating mechanism. This may cause some complexity, such as a parallel installation of the app.
The official desktop client.
Cutegram is an unofficial alternative to Telegram Desktop and is a well-done client, written in QML. If there was a standard way to install it in Fedora, it would definitely be the best option. However, it’s not available in the official repositories or Copr, and the authors don’t provide an RPM package. You need to download a generic installer which installs the app to /opt and doesn’t create a desktop launcher. Jaroslav Řezník started packaging it in Copr, but hasn’t finished it yet. He might appreciate some help there!
Otherwise Cutegram supports the same set of features as the official client, and adds more. It supports secret chats, is better integrated to the desktop — using standard notifications, for instance — and has more options such as support for multiple accounts.
Plugin for Pidgin
If you’re accustomed to traditional desktop IM clients, or want to have Telegram together with other services in one app, a 3rd-party plugin for Pidgin might be a better option. It can also be found in Copr. To install, run the following commands:
The plugin doesn’t support Telegram-specific emoticons and stickers. However, you can for example send and receive files, and pictures are shown directly in the chat, like in official clients. Most importantly, it supports secret chats.
For those who prefer the command line, there’s also an unofficial CLI client. It’s again available in Copr and you can install it running the following commands:
It obviously doesn’t support the graphical features such as emoticons or stickers, but covers a fair share of Telegram features, such as sending and receiving files or secret chats.
The official web client, which you can find at web.telegram.org, supports the same features and has the same interface as the official desktop client which means it also lacks support for secret chats.
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Step-by-step – Telegram Fedora 34 Installation Guide
GNU/Linux Fedora 34 Installing Telegram – Quick-Start Guide
You are Welcome! The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How to Install Telegram Messenger in Fedora 34 GNU/Linux Desktop.
And Telegram for Fedora 34 is a Messaging App with a Focus on Speed and Security, it’s super Fast, Simple and Free.
You can use Telegram on all your Devices at the same time — your Messages Sync Seamlessly across any of your Phones, Tablets or Computers.
Then with Telegram, you can Send Messages, Photos, Videos and Files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create Groups for up to 200 people.
Furthermore, the Telegram’s goal is to allow everyone to get back their right to Privacy. It is a global non-commercial project with contributors from all over the world.
Finally, unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is Cloud-based and Heavily Encrypted. As a result, you can access your messages from several devices at once, including tablets and computers, and share an unlimited number of photos, videos and files of up to 1,5 GB.
What can you do with Telegram?.
- Connect: from most remote locations.
- Coordinate: groups of up to 200 members.
- Synchronize your chats across all your devices.
- Send: documents of any type.
- Encrypt: personal and business secrets.
- Destruct: your messages with a timer.
- Store: your media in the cloud.
- Build: your own tools on our API.
- Enjoy: feedback from your customers
1. Launching Terminal
Open a Terminal Shell emulator window
(Press “Enter” to Execute Commands) .