please, I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and I'm very satisfied yet. But unfortunatelly, Telegram desktop stops work after today's reboot. I really don't know why because it was works correctly before today.

If I'm trying start telegram from command line I have this error message:

~$ telegram-desktop 
QXcbConnection: Could not connect to display :1
Aborted (core dumped)

In fact, I had many probles with snap packages like with gnome-calculator or gnome-system-monitor. This applications was delivered as snap packages after normal install. But I don't think that this applications need to be as snap. After uninstall and install as normal app works correct.

But Telegram I cannot install as normal application via sudo apt install because it is not in stadard ppa repository :( Only I can download AppImage from official Telegram website. But then snap is just a crap of ... (you know) and I recommend migrate to Flatpak.

Please, can you help where can be a problem with snap package of this application?

My Snap applications:

$ ls -la /snap/
total 40
drwxr-xr-x  9 root root 4096 máj 20 20:16 .
drwxr-xr-x 24 root root 4096 máj 19 22:39 ..
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4096 máj 20 20:16 bin
drwxr-xr-x  4 root root 4096 máj  7 19:04 core
drwxr-xr-x  5 root root 4096 máj  9 20:28 gnome-3-26-1604
drwxr-xr-x  4 root root 4096 máj  5 20:54 gnome-characters
drwxr-xr-x  4 root root 4096 máj  5 20:54 gnome-logs
-r--r--r--  1 root root  548 máj  5 14:08 README
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 máj  6 09:09 telegram-desktop
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 máj 20 20:02 vlc

vlc works correctly yet :) Thanks for any advice

PS: I tried refresh snap package via snap refresh but it doesn't helps

sudo snap refresh telegram-desktop
snap "telegram-desktop" has no updates available

Thanks for reply

2 Answers 2


This problem affects me too. The first time I connected required snap interfaces to telegram, and it worked. But today the problem showed up itself again. I fix it by remove and install again telegram with:

sudo snap remove telegram-desktop
sudo snap install telegram-desktop

Note that by now exists a telegram-desktop package within default ppa and you can install it by

sudo apt install telegram-desktop 
  • 1
    Yes, great. Thanks. My solution was replace telegram from snap package into flatpak Jun 4, 2018 at 12:42
  • snap remove/snap install worked for me in bionic
    – lrkwz
    Jun 6, 2018 at 13:11
  • snap package does not work for me from the first time I've tried it on 18.04.4 LTS. However apt works fine
    – oleksa
    May 20, 2020 at 6:59
  • is it installed on your system ?
    – Bob91
    May 20, 2020 at 18:54

Frist remove the packge.

sudo snap remove telegram-desktop

Install it back.

sudo snap install telegram-desktop

Now perform another install using the default package manager.

For Debian based OS,

sudo apt install telegram-desktop 

For Arch based OS,

sudo pacman -S telegram-desktop 

Extend @Bob91 answer for Arch users.

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