How to install Discord on Deepin OS 20.7 or any other Debian-based distro

How to install Discord on Deepin OS 20.7 or any other Debian-based distro


How to install Discord on Deepin OS 20.7 or any other Debian-based distro

Check your OS

You can try one of the following approaches.


The command "lsb_release -a" is used to display information about the Linux Standard Base (LSB) and distribution-specific information of your Linux system.

The "lsb_release" command is useful for identifying the distribution and its version in a standardized manner, particularly if you are writing scripts or need to retrieve distribution information programmatically.

lsb_release -a

The output should be something like this

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Deepin
Description:    Deepin 20.7.1
Release:        20.7.1
Codename:       apricot


The command cat /etc/os-release is used to display the contents of the "/etc/os-release" file, which contains information about the operating system distribution.

The "/etc/os-release" file is commonly used by various system utilities and scripts to determine the distribution and retrieve specific information about the operating system.

In the terminal

cat /etc/os-release

Your output should be something like the following:

PRETTY_NAME="Deepin 20.7.1"

Debian-based distro

In the terminal

cat /etc/debian_version



Update the system

In the terminal

sudo apt update

When it gets done, go to the following:

sudo apt upgrade

Download Discord

In the terminal:

wget "" -O discord.deb

The wget command is used to download files from the internet using various protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more.

It is a versatile tool for downloading files and automating file retrieval tasks from the command line.

-O discord.deb option specifies the output filename for the downloaded file. In this case, it will save the downloaded file as discord.deb on your local machine.


Install Discord

Make sure you are in the same directory where you downloaded the "discord.deb" file before running this command.

In the terminal:

sudo apt install ./discord.deb

The apt command is a package management tool commonly used in Debian-based Linux distributions, including Deepin OS. It allows you to manage software packages, install, upgrade, and remove them, as well as resolve dependencies.

./ refers to the current directory, and discord.deb specifies the name of the package file you want to install. In this case, it refers to the discord.deb file you previously downloaded.

So, when you execute the sudo apt install ./discord.deb command, apt will attempt to install the Discord package from the "discord.deb" file located in the current directory.


Download is performed unsanboxed

After using the installation command, I ran into the following issue:

N: Download is performed unsandboxed as root as file '/home/calaca/discord.deb' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)

Instead of copying and pasting, I wrote the same command again, using the tab key in order to find the file.


After re-running the installation command, I ran into the following issue:

I just ignored and I moved on.

Double-check installation

You can choose one of the following options.


The "which" command in Linux is used to locate the executable file associated with a given command or program. It helps you determine the path to the binary file that will be executed when you run a particular command.

When you run the "which" command followed by the name of a command, it searches the directories listed in the "PATH" environment variable to find the corresponding executable file.

In the terminal

which discord




The "dpkg -s" command is useful for checking the status of a specific package, verifying its installation, and retrieving detailed information about it, including its version and description.

dpkg -s discord


Package: discord
Status: install ok installed
Priority: optional
Section: net
Installed-Size: 223012
Maintainer: Discord Maintainer Team <>
Architecture: amd64
Version: 0.0.27
Depends: libc6, libasound2, libatomic1, libgconf-2-4, libnotify4, libnspr4, libnss3, libstdc++6, libxss1, libxtst6, libc++1
Recommends: libappindicator1 | libayatana-appindicator1
Description: Chat for Communities and Friends
 Discord is the easiest way to communicate over voice, video, and text. Chat,
 hang out, and stay close with your friends and communities.


discord & disown

`discord` is the command to launch the Discord application.

The "&" symbol at the end of the command tells the shell to run Discord in the background, allowing you to continue using the terminal.

"disown" is used to detach the Discord process from the terminal session. This prevents the process from being terminated when you close the terminal.

After running this command, Discord should launch in the background, and you can continue using the terminal for other commands without Discord's output or messages interfering.

Be happy

You got here. Way to go!

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Final thoughts

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