Discord

From ArchWiki

Discord is a proprietary, cross-platform, all-in-one voice and text chat application. Many open-source communities have official Discord servers as well. Discord can be used through a web browser or through the desktop application, which is made with Electron.

Installation

You can use one of the following packages to install the desktop application for Discord:

Warning: The usage of third-party clients, or any unofficial package or application that modifies the Discord client, is against Discord's Terms of Service and may get your account banned. You take all responsibility when using such packages.

Graphical clients

The official app:

Official clients, using the system provided electron for increased security and performance:

Third-party clients:

Command-line clients

There are more CLI-based third-party clients out there hosted on places like GitHub (such as Discline or terminal-discord), although only a few are currently packaged on the AUR.

Chat client plugins

Custom CSS & plugins

BetterDiscord is a project which allows Discord to be modified to use custom CSS and plugins. It can be installed through the betterdiscord-installerAUR Electron-based installer or betterdiscordctl-gitAUR management utility.

Powercord is an alternative client modification for using themes and plugins which requires discord-canary instead of the stable version. It can be installed via the powercord-electron-gitAUR package, the package contains modifications that allow it to work with a system-wide electron install.

Overlay

For linux clients, Discord does not support in-game overlay. discover-overlayAUR is an open-source GTK application that provides these functions. Discover works on X11 or wlroots environments.

Tips and tricks

GNOME top bar icon

If you would like to have the icon on the top bar of GNOME, install the AppIndicator and KStatusNotifierItem Support extension and libappindicator-gtk3.

Discord asks for an update not yet available in the repository

Discord will refuse to launch if there is an update available. If the updated version is not yet available in the official repos, you can build and install the updated package using the Arch Build System.

Or you can cheat. Check for discord's path:

file $(which discord)

and cd to where the symbolic link points. In this directory (probably /opt/discord/) edit the file resources/build_info.json that should look like:

{
  "releaseChannel": "stable", 
  "version": "0.0.13"
}

You can "upgrade" the version, in this case with "0.0.14", and trick the launcher. All is reset in a future update.

Start Discord minimized

Discord can be started minimized through the --start-minimized argument.

Microphone noise suppression using pipewire (Krisp replacement)

Although Krisp is not available in Linux, you can achieve similar noise reduction level with PipeWire#Noise suppression for voice.

Screen sharing with audio

Screen sharing with audio is not supported on Linux. Alternatives include:

Troubleshooting

Lagging when scrolling through your guilds

If you experience lags and stutters while scrolling through your guilds please ensure that your hardware acceleration is working correctly. You can do this by opening chrome://gpu in a Chromium based browser. If it is not working please check the chapter on Hardware video acceleration and try running Discord with some additional options:

$ discord --ignore-gpu-blocklist --disable-features=UseOzonePlatform --enable-features=VaapiVideoDecoder --use-gl=desktop --enable-gpu-rasterization --enable-zero-copy

Crackling during voice calls

If you experience crackling sounds when in voice chat, try the steps outlined in PulseAudio/Troubleshooting#Glitches, skips or crackling.

Enabling rich presence on Flatpak

When using the Flatpak version of Discord, Rich Presence will not work out of the box. To make it work, it is necessary to create a symlink from $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR/discord-ipc-0 to $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR/app/com.discordapp.Discord/discord-ipc-0. To create the symlink for the current user session, run:

$ ln -sf {app/com.discordapp.Discord,$XDG_RUNTIME_DIR}/discord-ipc-0

To automatically create the symlink, systemd-tmpfiles can be used by adding the following line to a file with the .conf extension in ~/.config/user-tmpfiles.d/:

L %t/discord-ipc-0 - - - - app/com.discordapp.Discord/discord-ipc-0

Discord becomes unresponsive during long calls

If Discord becomes unresponsive during long calls, try the --no-sandbox argument. You can also add the following to your .bashrc, or alias file for your shell:

alias discord='discord --no-sandbox'

Discord freezes after getting pinged or messaged

If a message that would trigger a notification (pings, DMs, servers with notifications on, etc) causes the client to freeze, the client is failing to find a notification server. To fix it without installing a notifications server, disable Enable Desktop Notifications in the Notifications options.

Emojis are not rendered correctly

If you encounter rendering issues regarding emojis (rendering as rectangles for example), discord-canary-electron-binAUR has the appropriate fonts as optional dependencies. You should install ttf-symbolaAUR, noto-fonts-cjk, and noto-fonts-emoji.

Clicking link does not open the web browser

If clicking a link does not open a tab in your default web browser, you should install the xdg-utils optional dependency.

Sync with computer feature not working

Discord is parsing the following file to find which theme to apply:

$HOME/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini

and it is looking for these specific lines:

[Settings]
gtk-theme-name=Adwaita-dark

If you change the theme from Adwaita-dark to Adwaita, then Discord will automatically change to light version and vice-versa.

Note that Discord only supports a few popular themes, so if it doesn't work for your particular theme (in this example with Materia theme), a "dirty" fix would be to put the following in your settings.ini file:

[Settings]
gtk-theme-name=Adwaita-dark
gtk-theme-name=Materia-dark

The definition order is important because GTK will use the second variable definition so in this case Materia-dark but Discord will still successfully detect that you are using a dark theme by providing Adwaita-dark in the first variable definition of the GTK theme.