Have you ever looked for a Discord PPA? Would you like to have Discord up-to-date without depending on Snap Store on your Linux distribution? Let me introduce you a new PPA for having your Discord installation on your system with all features.

Discord is a chatting and texting application whose motivation is to substitute both Skype and TeamSpeak as the desired chat application for gamers and general purpose.

Currently, Discord is available for downloading for all platforms but, in Linux, it is only available for downloading as a raw .deb file or using the Snap Store, without any official PPA. As some users are against the Snap Store (due to its limitations, restrictions and policies), this repository aims to provide an easy solution for all users who want to have Discord installed and upgradeable.

How it works?

On the one hand, Discord is available for downloading from the official website, using the following URL: https://discordapp.com/api/download?platform=linux&format=deb

With that in mind, the server just runs every fifteen minutes and downloads the latest file provided by the Discord team. Then the PPA is updated and, if a new version is available, served to the users.

In that way, the PPA is always up-to-date (with a delay of at most 15 minutes) and the end-user can have the stable installation of Discord (or beta one) in their computers.


Firstly, we need to import the GPG repository keys. In a previous version this was done using the apt-key command, but as for January 2021 it’s deprecated and the recommended way has changed and it’s a bit larger:

sudo -E gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring=/usr/share/keyrings/javinator9889-ppa-keyring.gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 08633B4AAAEB49FC

Then, add the repository to your sources.list as follows:

  • For the stable version, use the all distribution.
  • For the beta version, use the public-beta distribution.
  • You can use HTTPS if you want.
# Stable repository
echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/javinator9889-ppa-keyring.gpg] https://ppa.javinator9889.com all main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/javinator9889-ppa.list

# Beta repository
echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/javinator9889-ppa-keyring.gpg] https://ppa.javinator9889.com public-beta main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/javinator9889-ppa.list

Finally, update and install Discord:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install discord

# If using public beta, install as follows:
sudo apt install discord-ptb

You can browse the repository at the following URL: https://ppa.javinator9889.com/ and the GitHub repo at: https://github.com/Javinator9889/discord-ppa

Uninstalling Discord and repository

If you would like to remove Discord from your computer and remove the repository from your sources.list, run the following commands:

sudo apt remove discord
# If using public beta, uninstall as follows
sudo apt remove discord-ptb

# Remove the repository from the lists
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/javinator9889-ppa.list

# Finally, remove the key if you want not to trust it anymore
sudo -E gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring=/usr/share/keyrings/javinator9889-ppa-keyring.gpg --delete-keys 08633B4AAAEB49FC

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