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So I have telegram messenger on my Ubuntu and I'm trying to launch it from terminal and later on set it up as startup program - problem is I cannot find command to run it. telegram/Telegram don't work.

This is how I installed this app:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram

Thank you for any help.

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4 Answers 4

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The app is installed in

/opt/telegram/

and the binary is

/opt/telegram/Telegram

To start the messenger via command line, you have to use the full path or add the path to your PATH definition or create a symbolic link in /usr/bin:

  • Use the PATH

    1. Edit the file ~/.profile

      nano ~/.profile
      
    2. and add the line below at the end of the file

      export PATH="$PATH:/opt/telegram"
      

OR

  • Use a symbolic link

    sudo ln -s /opt/telegram/Telegram /usr/local/bin
    

You have a desktop file:

/usr/share/applications/telegram.desktop

and therefore use the command below

cp /usr/share/applications/telegram.desktop ~/.config/autostart

to create an autostart entry via command line.

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Why do I know that?

% dpkg -L telegram
/.
/usr
/usr/share
/usr/share/doc
/usr/share/doc/telegram
/usr/share/doc/telegram/copyright
/usr/share/doc/telegram/changelog.Debian.gz
/usr/share/applications
/usr/share/applications/telegram.desktop
/opt
/opt/telegram
/opt/telegram/telegram.tar.xz
/opt/telegram/telegram.svg

 % cat /usr/share/applications/telegram.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Terminal=false
Name=Telegram
Exec=/opt/telegram/Telegram
Comment=Network taking back our right to privacy.
Icon=/opt/telegram/telegram.svg
Categories=GNOME;GTK;Network;
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  • Yes that do the trick :) - Thank you so much for support Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 5:41
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    I like the "why do I know that" additions... ;-)
    – Fabby
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 21:33
  • Why the hell did they put it there instead of /usr/bin as all others? Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 10:41
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If you installed using snap, try

telegram-desktop
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  • this outputs: Qt: Session management error: None of the authentication protocols specified are supported, any ideas?
    – goldylucks
    Commented Jun 22, 2019 at 8:52
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    it works for my ubuntu 20.04
    – Jackssn
    Commented Apr 29, 2021 at 16:04
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Use a Bash alias like this:

alias tg='/opt/telegram/Telegram'

And then just type:

tg

in Terminal and it will open Telegram. You can replace tg with what you like.

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  • Seems like a good answer to me
    – Zanna
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 13:50
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You can use TelegramTUI on your terminal

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