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Ripcord is a lightweight desktop chat client for group-centric services like Slack and Discord built upon the Qt toolkit. It is proprietary software and currently distributed as freeware, with the intention of eventually reaching a commercial release while maintaining at least the Discord portion usable free of charge.


Install the ripcordAUR package.

Custom themes

See the following guide. The directory containing settings.ini is $HOME/.local/share/Ripcord.

Emoji glitch

There is a bug with some emoji fonts (known: ttf-emojione-colorAUR[broken link: package not found], noto-fonts-emoji) which generates rendering glitches, currently not fixed. Emoji fonts known to behave well include ttf-twemoji-colorAUR and ttf-symbolaAUR, so it is recommended to use one of them. Please note that some dialogs in the application always use system fonts, so it is sufficient to rely on the mentioned font in one's fontconfig to experience the bug.

Some users have reported that using system libraries solves the issue.

For further updates and information, see the relevant ticket on the issue tracker.

Using system libraries

Warning: The following hack is not supported or guaranteed to work in any way.

The Ripcord AppImage bundles its own copy of required libraries, which are also used by the AUR package. It is however possible to force the program to load libraries preexisting in the system. The main advantage of this is better integration with the desktop environment and Arch as a whole. The main disadvantage is that system libraries might be incompatible with the Ripcord release in use.

Proceed as follows:

  • Install packages qt5-base, qt5-imageformats, qt5-multimedia, qt5-svg, qt5-websockets and qt5-x11extras (more may be necessary, if so please amend this list).
  • Reach directory /usr/lib/ripcord or, if you'd rather not touch managed files, download the AppImage, run it with --appimage-extract and cd to squashfs-root.
  • Wipe or better move to a backup location the contents of the lib folder you find there.
  • cd into lib and ln -s /usr/lib/
  • cd .. and delete or move to a backup location the plugins folder.
  • Set environment variable QT_QPA_PLATFORM_PLUGIN_PATH=/usr/lib/qt/plugins and run the program executable.


If you need to use an input method framework, IBus is known to behave well out of the box, while Fcitx seems to require using using system libraries.