How to install Discord Canary on Linux?

How To Install Discord Canary On Linux

Discord Canary is an alpha test version of Discord application. The Canary version provides latest features that are experimental. This application is likely to break, crash or contain bugs at this alpha stage and hence it is not recommended to use as a daily driver. This application lets people try out the newest version of Discord that is not working well and give helpful feedback to the Discord developers team about any problems. Then, the developers implement these feedbacks to bring stability for the next iteration of the stable application. This loop of feedbacks and more stable version continues, and finally we get the most stable version of the application.

Keep in mind that Discord is a proprietary closed-source instant messaging and social platform which allows communication through voice calls, video calls, text messaging, and media and files.

Features of Discord Canary

  • Discord Canary has an orange Canary logo instead of Discord’s normal purple icon, which distinguishes Canary for normal Discord.
  • Canary get updated every day with latest code changes rather than stable builds which take a longer time period.
  • This version of Discord contains unfinished or potentially unstable new features which may not land in the main client.
  • You can run Canary alongside the standard Discord app without disrupting each other on a single hardware.
  • You can either install the desktop application or simply use it in a Web browser.
  • We can create a new account or login with your existing Discord account to sync servers or to talk with friends.
  • You can test exciting upcoming features, and report any bugs prompts to developer for product improvement.

In this article, we will take a look at the installation process of Discord Canary application and learn how to use it on our Linux PC.

Installing Discord Canary

There are two ways through which we can install Discord Canary on our Linux PC. We will discuss all these steps one by one.

  • Installing via official website
  • And installing with the Snap package Manager

We will discuss all these methods one by one.

Method 1: Installing via official website (Recommended)

Open your browser and launch the link as given below:

First link for Debian package and used for Debian based distributions, whereas the second link will work for all Linux distributions.

Installing on Debian based distributions

On Debian based distributions such as Linux Mint or Ubuntu, you can simply install by clicking on Open With Software Installer.

Software Install
Install the application by right clicking on it


Just open the Terminal and run the command listed below to install Discord Canary on any Debian based distro.

cd Downloads/   #enter your downloads directory
sudo dpkg -i discord-canary-0.0.357.deb  #installing
Installing Deb Package
Installing the deb package

On Any other Linux distribution (using the Tarball)

On any other Linux distribution, we have to download and decompress the tarball first to install the app. Open a new Terminal tab, and run the following command:

cd Downloads/   #enter your downloads directory
sudo tar -zxvf discord-canary*.tar.gz    #decompressing
Decompressing The Tarball File
Decompressing the tarball file

After decompressing, we have to install Discord Canary.

cd DiscordCanary/  #change into extracted directory
./DiscordCanary    #run to install
Installing Discord Canary
Installing Discord Canary

Method 2: Installing Discord Canary via Snap

If you don’t have installed snap on your Linux PC, follow this guide and install using the commands according to your OS. Note that if you are using Ubuntu, snaps are preinstalled on your system. However, for other distributions it also just a matter of seconds. For Debian, follow the below command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install core
Installing Snap
Installing Snap

Here, apt package manager is used in Debian based distros, for Red hat based distros it will be yum or dnf. Change the package manager according to your distribution.

Now, to install Discord Canary using snap:

sudo snap install discord-canary
Installing Discord Canary Using Snap
Installing Discord Canary using Snap

This application will be installed using snap after this. We can check all the installed snap application using the below command:

snap list
List Of Installed Snap Applications 1
List of installed Snap applications

Now, you have successfully installed this application using above-mentioned methods, you can just launch the application from the app grid/Menu.

Login Promt Of Discord Canary
Login Prompt of Discord Canary

Now, Login with your login credentials, or create a new account by clicking on Register. After that you can use Discord Canary, just keep in mind that it’s unstable version.

Wrapping Up

In this module, we discussed Discord Canary which is the alpha release of Discord social media application, and how to install it on our Linux system. Early adopter Discord users can preview features before public release with Discord Canary, which gives them the thrill of previewing features before public release. But being careful is wise given its unfinished alpha state. You can switch to the public test build in the Discord Public Test Build (PTB) or the widely-available Discord Stable if you think it’s too unstable.

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