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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, closed-source software released under a shareware license which allows the Discord module to be used free of charge while locking Slack usage behind purchase.


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: noto-fonts-emoji, ttf-joypixels, ttf-twemojiAUR) 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. Otherwise, the Experimental tab of the Preferences window offers an option to override the system font for Ripcord only.

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 you find 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, leaving the folder itself intact.
  • Run ln -s /usr/lib/ lib/
  • Delete or move to a backup location the whole plugins folder.
  • Set environment variable QT_QPA_PLATFORM_PLUGIN_PATH=/usr/lib/qt/plugins.
Note: A recent update in some Qt component makes Ripcord versions 0.4 to 0.4.15 (included) crash when using Phantom, their own default style engine. To run those versions of the software, the following additional steps are necessary.
  • Set environment variable RIPCORD_STYLE_ENGINE=wrong and run the executable. The program will crash, but a list of QStyle engines available to use should still get printed to terminal. Choose one that isn't Phantom.
  • Set environment variable RIPCORD_STYLE_ENGINE to the one you chose, e.g. RIPCORD_STYLE_ENGINE=Fusion.

Finally, run the 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.