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A beginner's introduction to Discord

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Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app that's used by tens of millions of people to talk and hang out with their communities and friends.

People use Discord daily to talk about many things, ranging from art projects and family trips to homework and mental health support. It's a home for communities of any size, but it's most widely used by small and active groups of people who talk regularly.

The vast majority of servers are private, invite-only spaces for groups of friends and communities to stay in touch and spend time together. There are also larger, more open communities, like the Scrimba community. All conversations are opt-in, so people have total control over who they interact with and what their experience on Discord is.

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Discord is available on web, desktop, Android, and iOS, which makes it perfect for taking conversations on the go. Read more about Discord here.

Installing Discord

To install Discord, head to the Discord website and click Download for Mac or Download for Windows (the button will automatically detect your platform - how cool is that?)

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Open the .exe (if you're on Windows) or .dmg (if you're on Mac) and follow the instructions on screen.

When you finish installing Discord and make your account, things will look pretty empty:

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Not to worry! You're now ready to join the Scrimba Discord community.