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From Wikipedia: Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging service. Telegram clients exist for both mobile (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Ubuntu Touch) and desktop systems (Windows, OS X, Linux). Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers and files of any type. Telegram also provides optional end-to-end-encrypted messaging.

The official clients are open-source but the code for recent versions is not always immediately published. The server-side code is closed-source and proprietary.


You can use one of following methods in order to use Telegram in Arch:

Plugin for other chat software

GUI/graphical application

The official app:

Alternative unofficial clients:

  • cutegramAUR, open-source client by Iranian developer aseman. The package is based on Qt and has different capabilities from pure Telegram. Install cutegram-gitAUR for latest development version.

CLI/command line application

  • telegram-cli-gitAUR provides command-line interface to connect and use Telegram. For more information about the program, visit the program page on Github.

Web application

  • The official Telegram Web.
  • franzAUR is an open-source web-based application that can be used for web-based interface of various instant messaging software such as Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and more.
  • rambox-binAUR is an open source alternative to Franz. It offers all features of its closed source counterpart.
  • Use Telegram Desktop addons for Firefox, to connect to Telegram in your browser via web interface.
  • Use Telegram Chrome app for Chromium, to connect to Telegram in your browser via web interface.

Tips and tricks

Telegram channels about Arch Linux