How to Install Signal Messaging on Ubuntu 20.04

Install Signal Messaging on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure Signal Messaging on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Signal is a popular messaging application as an alternative to WhatsApp. It is available as a Desktop application for Windows, Linux, and macOS systems. Signal has well known due to the privacy it provides along with several custom encryption techniques. This security feature helps in keeping a close eye on the chats ensuring the privacy of the user. Today, the end-to-end encrypted protocols have become the most important feature in any messaging application, and Signal is no other exception. The application uses this protocol and does not share its application’s data with any other existing app.

Install Signal Messaging on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Signal Messaging on the Ubuntu system.

  • Install Signal Messaging from the official repository.

Let’s add the official repository using the command:

wget -O- https://updates.signal.org/desktop/apt/keys.asc | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://updates.signal.org/desktop/apt xenial main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/signal-xenial.list

Now that you have added the repository, update the cache and install the Signal desktop application:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install signal-desktop
  • Install Signal Messaging using Snap.

Signal application is available as a snap package for Linux systems. The Ubuntu 20.04 systems have default Snapd install and recommended for packages installation:

sudo snap install signal-desktop

Step 3. Accessing Signal Desktop App on Ubuntu.

Once installed Signal application on your Ubuntu desktop system. Search for Signal application under Activities. Note: To use the Signal desktop app, Signal must first be installed on your phone.

That’s all you need to do to install Signal Dekstop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on Signal Messaging, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.