I understand скачать means to download, but what's the correct term for install?


  • Загрузить is more literal for download (load = груз). Though, скачать is more often used. Even выкачать implying files were large or many, so the very downloading process was a significant job per se. Also загрузить is quite generic. Upload - загрузить на сервер, load - загрузить в память. Boot or bootstrap - загрузить операционную систему (в память)
    – Arioch
    Oct 14, 2018 at 19:43
  • загрузить (на) seems to be more apt as an equivalent of UPload, a synonym of закачать (на) which belongs to a lower register, however formally загрузить is used in the sense of DOWNload Oct 15, 2018 at 12:44
  • Наконец уровень (игры) загрузился. That is not from WWW, that is from disk to RAM.
    – Arioch
    Oct 15, 2018 at 19:07
  • "Загрузить" in the meaning of "to download" is used much more rarely than "скачать". Typically it should be followed by some preposition like "загрузить на" or "загрузить себе" However, in the context of smartphones (rather than PCs) I can see "загрузить" in plain use more often.
    – Alexander
    Oct 16, 2018 at 19:02
  • Upload is also "залить".
    – alamar
    Dec 10, 2023 at 8:18

3 Answers 3



(по)ставить can be used colloquially

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    The noun is установка, installation. Oct 13, 2018 at 18:32

Установить would be the most widely used form. Literally, "to set up". Установка means setup, installation.

Less commonly used is also the direct loanword инсталлировать, инсталляция. You might use this when you want to be more specific about the type of setup.


The other answers provided are correct, I just want to mentioned yet another verb used casually — заинсталлить (or just заинсталить since double consonants are relatively rare in Russian), as in the following phrases:

Нужно заинсталлить сертификат.


При инсталляции Акробата есть предложение заинсталлить и принтер.

As a side note, there's even отынсталить, though this is used less often.

  • downvoter can you explain yourself? Those are real-life worlds one can easily google.
    – shabunc
    Oct 16, 2018 at 14:18
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    What does предложение refer to in your response? Or did you mean есть приложение заинсталлить?
    – CocoPop
    Dec 9, 2023 at 13:21
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    @CocoPop I guess that when you install Actobat you will be prompted to install a printer (either printer driver or add printer to Actobat, I'm not sure). With приложение the complete sentence does not make grammatical sense anymore. With предложение it is simply dense and confusing.
    – alamar
    Dec 25, 2023 at 21:49

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