Installing the Zulip desktop app

Zulip on your macOS, Windows, or Linux desktop is even better than Zulip on the web, with a cleaner look, tray/dock integration, native notifications, and support for multiple Zulip accounts.

To install the latest stable release (recommended for most users), find your operating system below. If you're interested in an early look at the newest features, consider the beta releases.

  1. Download Zulip for macOS.
  2. Open the file, and drag the app into the Applications folder.

The app will update automatically to future versions.

Homebrew

  1. Run brew cask install zulip in Terminal.
  2. Run Zulip from Applications.

The app will update automatically to future versions. brew upgrade will also work, if you prefer.

  1. Download and run Zulip for Windows.
  2. Run Zulip from the Start menu.

The app will update automatically to future versions.

Offline installer (for isolated networks)

  1. Download zulip-x.x.x-x64.nsis.7z for 64-bit desktops (common), or zulip-x.x.x-ia32.nsis.7z for 32-bit (rare).
  2. Copy the installer file to the machine you want to install the app on, and run it there.
  3. Run Zulip from the Start menu.

The app will NOT update automatically. You can repeat these steps to upgrade to future versions.

apt (Ubuntu or Debian 8+)

  1. Enter the following commands into a terminal:

    sudo apt-key adv --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv 69AD12704E71A4803DCA3A682424BE5AE9BD10D9
    echo "deb https://dl.bintray.com/zulip/debian/ stable main" | \
    sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/zulip.list
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install zulip
    

    These commands set up the Zulip Desktop apt repository and its signing key, and then install the Zulip client.

  2. Run Zulip from your app launcher, or with zulip from a terminal.

The app will be updated automatically to future versions when you do a regular software update on your system, e.g. with sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade.

  1. Download Zulip for Linux.
  2. Make the file executable, with chmod a+x Zulip-x.x.x-x86_64.AppImage from a terminal (replace x.x.x with the actual name of the downloaded file).
  3. Run the file from your app launcher, or from a terminal.

No installer is necessary; this file is the Zulip app. The app will NOT update automatically. You can repeat these steps to upgrade to future versions.

Snap

  1. Make sure snapd is installed.

  2. Execute following command to install Zulip:

    sudo snap install zulip
    
  3. Run Zulip from your app launcher, or with zulip from a terminal.

Beta releases

Get a peek at new features before they're released!

macOS, Windows, and most Linux distros

Start by finding the latest version marked "Pre-release" on the release list page. There may or may not be a "Pre-release" later than the latest release. If there is, download the approriate Zulip installer or app from there, and follow the instructions for your operating system above.

Linux with apt (Ubuntu or Debian 8+)

If installing from scratch, follow the instructions above, except in the command starting echo "deb https://... replace stable with beta.

If you've already installed the stable version, edit zulip.list and reinstall:

sudo sed -i s/stable/beta/ /etc/apt/sources.list.d/zulip.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install zulip