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ScudCloud – An Unofficial Linux Desktop Client App for Slack

ScudCloud Linux Desktop Client for Slack
Written by Martins D. Okoi

ScudCloud is an unofficial Linux desktop client app for the popular instant messaging and collaboration app, Slack.

It has a typical Ubuntu UI and its best integration with the Unity desktop but it will work just as well in any of the other popular desktops e.g. Gnome and KDE.

ScudCloud for Linux

ScudCloud for Linux

Features in ScudCloud

ScudCloud improves the Slack integration with Linux desktops featuring:

  • Support for Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Arch, and Fedora
  • Integrated desktop notifications
  • Wobbling animation effect on new messages
  • Notification count on unread mentions on system tray/launcher
  • Support for collaboration with various teams
  • Unity integration for channels quicklist
  • Compatibility with desktop themes

Install ScudCloud on Linux

Please, first update and upgrade your system before including ScudCloud’s PPA to your repository to install the app in order to prevent ScudCloud from crashing or not installing some old components.

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
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Then, to install it under Ubuntu 16.04-14.04, Mint and Debian, open a Terminal and run:

$ sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:rael-gc/scudcloud
$ echo ttf-mscorefonts-installer msttcorefonts/accepted-mscorefonts-eula select true | sudo debconf-set-selections
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install scudcloud

On Fedora distribution, you can install it using dnf command.

$ sudo dnf install scudcloud

For other distributions, download ScudCloud and follow the installation instruction using the guide on its GitHub page.

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Download ScudCloud for Linux

Slack has a desktop client available for Linux which does its job just fine as far as I’m concerned and I doubt there can be another app that will do better. Nevertheless, feel free to give this FOSS project a test run – who knows? You just might prefer it to the official app.

What is your opinion on ScudCloud? If you give the app a try, don’t forget to return and share your experience with us in the comments section.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.