How To Install Slack Desktop On Chromebook?

Linux to the rescue!

Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
how to install slack on chromebook
Image: Abubakar Mohammed

A few apps appear unsupported when you open the Google Play Store on your Chromebook. One of them is Slack. In this article, let’s look at installing Slack Desktop on a Chromebook.

Over the past few years, Chromebooks have become potent devices, thanks to the addition of the Google Play Store and a Linux container. There’s nothing you can’t do on Chromebooks except desktop-level gaming; however, support for Steam and Proton Compatibility layer should make Chromebooks suitable for gaming soon.

How do I install Slack Desktop on Chromebook?

ChromeOS Linux Beta - Install Linux on Chromebook

1. To install Slack Desktop, you’ll first need to enable Linux. Here’s how to enable Linux on Chromebook.

2. Next, you’ll need to enable Flatpak in Linux. You can refer to our “How to install Firefox on Chromebook” article.

3. Once Flatpak is enabled, enter the following command to start downloading and installing Slack.

sudo flatpak install slack

4. You will be prompted multiple times to press “Y.” Do it, and you’ll have Slack installed in no time.

Find your dream job

5. Since we’re installing a Linux version of Slack, you’ll need to install a browser in Linux like Microsoft Edge to sign in to Slack (since Slack opens a sign-in popup in the default browser). To install the same, use the following command, or follow our comprehensive guide.

sudo flatpak install edge

6. Once done, head over to the app menu and open Microsoft Edge.

7. On Slack, right-click on the “Sign-in to Slack” button and copy the link.

Slack Linux Desktop app copy link

8. Open Microsoft Edge, paste the link into the address bar, and hit enter.

9. Enter the email on which you have your Slack workspace.

Sign in to slack Microsoft Edge

10. Enter the six-digit code from your email and click on sign-in.

Check your email for a six-digit slack code

11. Select the workspaces you want to sign in to.

slack choose a workspace

12. Once done, click on “Open” and click on “Open” again in the popup.

Click on Xdg-open

13. Switch to the Slack app, and you should see your Workspaces.

If you think the process is way too long, you can use sign-in to Slack on Chrome. After enabling notifications, the app’s web version will function and look exactly like the app after enabling notifications.

And that’s how you can install Slack on Chromebook. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Slack should be made available on the Google Play Store or have a standalone version for Chromebooks? Let us know in the comments section below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a passionate tech writer whose love for tech started in 2011 when he got a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Linux and open-source, you'll find him binge-watching anime or Tech content on YouTube.

Find your dream job

Work at your dream company with Fossbytes Jobs