Different messengers are widely spread now. But unfortunately, most of them focus on mobile devices or x86-based desktops. So, Raspberry Pi users are limited in using modern messengers. Recently we’ve posted a step-by-step instruction on  How to run Skype on Raspberry Pi . Today we’re telling you how to run another very popular messenger on Raspberry Pi – Telegram.

Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s super-fast, simple, secure and free. Moveover it was developed by our compatriot Pavel Durov.

Raspberry Pi test stand configuration


Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Raspberry Pi 3


1000 MHz

1200 MHz




Operating System

Raspbian Jessie from November 2015

Raspbian Jessie from May 2016


Telegram  for Linux 32 bit

Eltechs ExaGear Desktop for Raspberry Pi 2

Telegram  for Linux 32 bit

Eltechs ExaGear Desktop for Raspberry Pi 3

Telegram installation instruction

Install ExaGear Desktop

1. Download ExaGear Desktop archive with installation packages and license key. Open Terminal (command line) and unpack the downloaded archive using the following command:

$ tar -xvzpf exagear-desktop-rpi2.tar.gz

2. Install ExaGear Desktop:

$ sudo ./install-exagear.sh

Launch guest x86 system

3. Enter the guest x86 system using the following command:

$ exagear
Starting the shell in the guest image /opt/exagear/images/debian-8-wine2g

Now you are in x86 environment that can be checked by running the ‘arch’ command:

$ arch

5. It is recommended to update apt-get repositories on the first launch of the guest system:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install Telegram

6. Download Telegram archive for Linux 32-bit from the official Telegram site https://desktop.telegram.org. You can do it using a browser or typing wget in Terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install wget xz-utils gconf2
$ wget http://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.0.10.19.tar.xz

7. Unpack Telegram archive:

$ tar -xJvf tsetup*.tar.xz

Run Telegram

8. Run Telegram:

$ Telegram/Telegram

Final notes

It is worth to note that with ExaGear Desktop you can run other x86 apps on Raspberry Pi devices. ExaGear also supports other ARM-based devices such as Odroid, Banana Pi, Beagleboard, Cubox, Jetson, Cubieboard etc.

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