Install Telegram on Raspberry Pi
Telegram is a free and open source, cross-platform, cloud-based instant messaging software. This service also provides end-to-end encrypted video calling, VoIP, file sharing and several other features.
To run: Menu -> Internet -> Telegram Desktop
To run from terminal: flatpak run org.telegram.desktop
Fortunately, Telegram is very easy to install on your Raspberry Pi in just two steps.
- Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Raspberry Pi.
- Use Pi-Apps to install Telegram.
For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which is currently version Bookworm.
Raspberry Pi OS has 32-bit and 64-bit variants, both of which will run on most Raspberry Pi computers, including the Pi 3, Pi 4, and Pi5.
Telegram will only run on PiOS 64-bit. Pi-Apps will not let you install Telegram on PiOS 32-bit.
Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Raspberry Pi with just a few clicks.
Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:
wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Botspot/pi-apps/master/install | bash
Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here: https://github.com/Botspot/pi-apps
Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install Telegram.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:
Then click on the Internet category, which leads to the Communication category.
Now scroll down to find Telegram in the list.
Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install Telegram for you!