GitHub Desktop is a free open source GitHub.com app. It is Electron based and written in TypeScript and uses React. There is no official Linux installer from GitHub and it only provides Windows and MacOS installers. But you can install GitHub Desktop on various Linux distributions from GitHub Desktop fork shiftkey/desktop. In this this article we will see how to install GitHub Desktop on Ubuntu Linux
Install GitHub Desktop on Ubuntu
Open the terminal command-line application (ctrl+alt+t) and run below commands one by one. It will install the latest version of GitHub Desktop on your system.
wget -qO - https://packagecloud.io/shiftkey/desktop/gpgkey | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/shiftkey-desktop.asc > /dev/null
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packagecloud.io/shiftkey/desktop/any/ any main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/packagecloud-shiftky-desktop.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install github-desktop
Install GitHub Desktop via DEB:
You can also install GitHub Desktop via the native deb package file on Ubuntu. Download GitHub Desktop in .deb file format from the above download page and save it on your Downloads folder. Here the downloaded file name is “GitHubDesktop-linux-2.9.0-linux4.deb”. You can change below commands based on your downloaded file name. Open the terminal run below commands one by one.
sudo dpkg -i GitHubDesktop-linux-2.9.0-linux4.deb
sudo apt install -f
sudo apt install ./Downloads/GitHubDesktop-linux*.deb
Install GitHub Desktop via AppImage:
It is also available via the portable AppImage file format. Download GitHub Desktop in .AppImage file format from the below download link and save it on your Downloads folder.
Open the terminal app and run below command one by one.
sudo chmod +x ~ GitHubDesktop-linux-2.9.0-linux4.AppImage
Here “GitHubDesktop-linux-2.9.0-linux4.AppImage” is the downloaded file name . you can change below commands based on your file name.
Install GitHub Desktop via Flatpak:
Install flatpak and flathub on your system and restart it. After that open terminal app and run below GitHub Desktop flatpak installation command.
flatpak install flathub io.github.shiftey.Desktop
You can oprn GitHub Desktop via
flatpak run io.github.shiftey.Desktop