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Telegram is a cloud-based cross-platform instant messaging service with optional end-to-end encryption. Account creation requires a phone number.

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


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

Chat client plugins

Graphical clients

The official app:

Third-party clients:

Command-line clients

  • telegram-cli-gitAUR provides command-line interface to connect and use Telegram. For more information about the program, visit the program page on Github.
  • nctelegram-gitAUR is a command-line interface for Telegram based on Ncurses and needs telegram-cli-gitAUR to run. For more information about the program, visit the program page on Github.
  • python-telegram-sendAUR, not a full client but a command-line tool to directly send messages or files via Telegram.

Web-based clients

Tips and tricks

Telegram resources about Arch Linux

Unread messages counter for Telegram Desktop

By default, only the icon in the system tray will show the number of unread messages. If you want to have the actual app icon to show the unread message counter as well, you can use the Unity badge integration, which can be handled by KDE and Gnome as well. To enable the Unity integration, you will have to install libunityAUR and start Telegram Desktop with the XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP environment variable set to Unity, e.g. copy the .desktop file to ~/.local/share/applications/ and change the Exec line to start Telegram Desktop with the environment variable set instead.