How to Install Mattermost Desktop on Ubuntu Linux

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Mattermost is an open-source alternative to the Slack messaging platform. It allows teams to communicate and collaborate securely from behind the company’s firewall.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install the Mattermost desktop app on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04 desktops.

Mattermost brings teams together to collaborate on projects so work can get done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Whether you’re a small or large enterprise, Mattermost can help your team communicate and collaborate. These conversations will be available on the desktop, mobile devices, and everywhere you have Mattermost installed.

Mattermost helps you:

  • Discuss topics in private groups, one-to-one or team-wide
  • Easily share and view image files
  • Connect in-house systems with webhooks and Slack-compatible integrations

For more about Mattermost, visit its homepage.

Caution: Mattermost for Linux is in beta. New features are still being added, and potential issues are being ironed out. When you’re ready to install Mattermost for Linux, follow the steps below:

Below are two options available when installing the Mattermost desktop app on Ubuntu desktops…. You can select either one to get it installed…

Install Mattermost Desktop App DEB Package

To install Mattermost using its DEB package, go to this link below and select the.DEB version 64-bit should be good if your system supports it.

Then download it to your desktop (usually to the Downloads folder of your Home directory).

If you select More options, it will let you download and install the.DEB package.

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Download and save the file to your desktop… usually in your Home directory’s ~/Downloads folder.

mattermost ubuntu install

After downloading, navigate to your Downloads folder, right-click the downloaded file, and select Open With Software Install.

Mattermost ubuntu install

When Ubuntu Software opens, click Install to begin the installation.

Mattermost ubuntu setup

That should prompt you to type and confirm your password before the installation can continue… When you’re done, Mattermost should be installed and ready to use… To launch it, go to the Activities Overview, search Mattermost, and launch it.

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Install Mattermost Desktop App via Snap

Mattermost App can also be installed via Ubuntu snap package management. This might be the quickest way to install Mattermost. 

Snaps are applications packaged with dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

To install via Snap, run the commands below

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install mattermost-desktop

That’s it!

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