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How to Install Discord

How to Install Discord on PC, Mac, Linux and Mobile in 2024

Discord is the go-to communication app for many users on different platforms. Installing it isn’t at all difficult, but if you aren’t tech-savvy, you might be looking for a step-by-step tutorial. Read on to see how to install Discord on macOS, Windows, Linux and mobile devices.

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Last Updated: 2024-01-25T11:50:47+00:00

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Whether you’re playing online games or just virtually hanging out with your friends, Discord is an excellent platform for communication. It allows text, low-latency voice and video chats, and screen-sharing in voice channels. You can create servers and communities to meet new people. To start, though, you need to install Discord. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Discord is an easy-to-use text, voice and video communication app that’s available on multiple platforms. 
  • Installing Discord on both desktop and mobile devices is very easy, even if you aren’t a tech-savvy user. 
  • The Discord app is available for all major operating systems and devices. It can be downloaded or used as a browser-based app.

If you want to watch friends stream or join a voice channel created by your gaming group or school club, here’s how to install Discord on major operating systems. 

How to Install Discord on Windows

Installing Discord on Windows is similar to doing it on a macOS device, though not identical.

  1. Download the Discord Setup

    Go to the Discord website. The website recognizes that you’re accessing it from a Windows device, and takes you to a page with a button that says “download for Windows.” Click it and wait for the .exe setup file to download.

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  2. Install Discord

    Once the setup file has downloaded, go to your “downloads” folder and start the installation by double-clicking the DiscordSetup.exe file. Wait for the setup to finish, create an account and log in to Discord.

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How to Install Discord on Mac

If macOS is your operating system of choice, you’ll need to download the app from the Discord website. The Discord app is not available in the app store. 

  1. Download the Setup File

    Go to the Discord website. The website will recognize that you’re accessing it from a macOS device and take you right to the “download for Mac” page. Click it, and wait for the .dmg file to download.

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  2. Install Discord

    Once the .dmg setup has finished downloading, drag it to “applications.” This will start the install process. You’ll be met with a pop-up asking you to confirm the installation. Click “open,” wait for the setup to finish and you can create an account and start using Discord.

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How to Install Discord on Linux

Installing Discord on Linux (in our case, Ubuntu) is slightly more complicated than installing it on macOS or Windows. Fortunately, you won’t need the command line or the Snap package manager — just follow the instructions below. 

  1. Download Discord

    Go to the Discord website and click on the “download for Linux” button. From the dropdown menu that opens, choose “deb.” 

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  2. Open the Installation File

    Go to your downloads folder and double-click the Discord installation file you just downloaded. When prompted, choose “software install” and then click “open.” 

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  3. Install Discord

    Once you’ve opened the installation file, click “install” in the top-right corner. Wait for the installation to complete, then create an account to start using Discord.

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How to Install Discord Mobile

Installing Discord on a mobile device depends on whether you use Android or iOS, though the installation procedure is very similar for both. 

  1. Open the Play Store/App Store

    If you’re an Android user, open the Play store on your device. If you’re using an iOS device, open the app store. 

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  2. Search for Discord

    Using the search bar, find the Discord app. 

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  3. Install Discord

    If you’re an Android user, click the “install” button from the Discord Play store page. If you’re using an iOS device, click the “download” button from Discord’s app store page. Once the app finishes downloading to your device, you can create an account and use Discord.

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How to Use Discord in Your Browser

If you don’t need to use the app often, you may not want to spend much time installing Discord. The browser version of Discord allows you to do the same things as the app — join private channels, enjoy text and voice chat and communicate on general and topic-based channels.

You’ll still need a Discord account, but using the web version is very easy. 

  1. Open Discord in Your Browser

    Open your browser of choice and go to the Discord website. Click the “open Discord in your browser” button and enter your Discord username. Complete the Captcha verification and the fully featured browser version will open.

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Final Thoughts

From a practice drawing session in a group chat to joining a worldwide art community, installing Discord has benefits for everyone. The installation process is very simple, regardless of which platform you’re installing it on. 

Read our Discord statistics compilation to understand how the platform has evolved over the years.

Do you use Discord for a group chat with your friends or in-game teammates? Which platform do you use the app on? Are you a macOS or Windows user, or is a mobile device more your pick? Let us know in the comments, and as always, thank you for reading. 


  • Yes, you can download Discord on your laptop. All you need to do is go to Discord’s website and download the installation file for your operating system.

  • To install Discord on Android, you need to open the Play store, search for Discord and click the “install” button. Once the installation has finished, you can use the app.

  • Yes, you can download the Discord application for macOS.

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