ICQ Messenger Available to Install via Snap in Ubuntu 18.04/Higher

Last updated: May 22, 2019

ICQ, the popular chat application, is available for Linux as an official Snap package.

ICQ is a cross-platform instant messaging and VoIP client that features:

  • securely encrypted calls
  • high-quality video calls
  • speech-to-text for voice messages
  • ability to create your own stickers
  • animated 3D masks and video calls
  • groups and channels
  • chat synchronization across all devices

Image via twitter.com/snapcraftio

To install ICQ Snap in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher:

Simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install the ICQ package (it’s beta at the moment):

To install ICQ snap in Ubuntu 16.04:

Ubuntu 16.04 can install the snap package after installed the snapd daemon.

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command to install snapd:

sudo apt-get install snapd

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

Then install ICQ snap package via command:

sudo snap install icq-im --beta

(Optional) To uninstall the snap package, run command:

sudo snap remove icq-im


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3 responses to ICQ Messenger Available to Install via Snap in Ubuntu 18.04/Higher

  1. Security and mail.ru (owner of icq) are incompatible.

  2. ICQ sucks! it demands phone number for registration, I hate such apps. Give power to the PEOPLE! let us choose how and with what credentials we want to register or be dumped!

  3. Anthony Scopacasa September 21, 2019 at 6:48 am

    I installed ICQ for Ubuntu 18.04 and I cant see the chat rooms. How do I do this so I can choose which chat to join?