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Brief: This beginner’s tutorial show the steps for installing Zoom on Ubuntu, along with tips on using it on other Linux distributions.
The ‘work from home’ was existing for years but only a few people chose to work like this.
Covid-19 lockdowns made work from home a common scenario. Even the non-IT people had to resume their work activities from the confinement of home. Video conferencing tool become as common as emails.
Among all this, Zoom became the de facto online meeting tool. If you are using Linux and prefer open source video conferencing tools like Jitsi Meet, chances are that people at work use Zoom.
In such cases, you have no option but to use Zoom on Linux and in this tutorial, I am going to show you different ways of using it on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions:
Please note that Zoom is not open source software.
Zoom provides DEB package for Debian, Ubuntu and Mint (Debian-based distributions) and RPM packages for Fedora, Red Hat and SUSE (Red Hat based distributions).
To download Zoom, go to the download page of Zoom website:
If you are using Linux, it automatically recognizes it and gives you the option to download Zoom for various Linux distributions. Here, select the distribution of your choice. In my case, it is Ubuntu:
You are most likely running a 64-bit system. So, go with default choices and hit the download button.
It will download a file of around 60 MB. If you are using Chrome on Ubuntu, it will ask you to confirm to keep or discard when the download completes. Click keep.
You probably already know how to install an application from DEB file, don’t you? That’s right. Just double-click on it or right click on it and select Software Install like this:
It will open the file with Software Center and then you just click on the Install button.
You’ll be asked to enter your account’s password. Do that and Zoom should be installed in a few seconds.
Once installed, press the Super key (Windows key) and search for Zoom. Click on the Zoom icon to start it:
It will start Zoom and you can start attending your Zoom meetings.
That’s not it. You’ll see that Zoom is accessible from the applet indicator on the top right corner. It should send you notifications and let you quickly access Zoom features like screen sharing.
Enjoy Zoom on Ubuntu.
If you want to quickly install Zoom using command line, you can do all the steps you did in the previous method.
You can download files in Linux terminal using tools like wget and curl. Download the deb file using this command:
If it complains about wget, install wget first and then use the above command.
And then install the deb file by pointing the correct path to the deb file:
After that, you can search Zoom in system menu and start using it.
To uninstall Zoom from Ubuntu, you’ll have to use the terminal, irrespective of whichever method you used to install it.
Open the terminal on Ubuntu by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and use the following command:
It will ask you to enter your account password. When you type the password in the terminal, nothing happens on the screen. That’s normal. Type the password blindly and press enter.
It will ask for your confirmation before deletion. Press enter or Y to confirm:
If you must use Zoom for work or school, you can install Zoom on Ubuntu and use it without having to leave Linux. Having options are always better.
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it looked hard but with help,
command line is the easiest, cleanest, fastest, best way,
cut and paste two lines and just like that,
I am new to cl but the more I use it, the more I like it,
thank you for your assistance… again
Is there any problem with screen sharing under Ubuntu?
I’m getting dependency errors when installing Zoom on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS 🙁
Using command line, I presume? Whatever dependency it is listing, install those packages separately.
Actually, one can just install using APT: `sudo apt install /path/to/your/zoom_amd64.deb` and the dependencies should be resolved automatically.
Valid point. I updated the article. Thanks.
It was fun to fix it from CL. Thanks for the help!
It might be worth mentioning that Zoom is also available as a Snap in the Snap store and as a Flatpak on Flathub:
This way, users can benefit from features such as auto-update (for Snap) and confinement.
I saw that but the snap is not from from Zoom developers or from Snapcraft team and hence I did not include it.
Over, the last year I’ve installed Zoom by downloading the DEB and installing via GUI. The problem that I ran into was that over time the Zoom application was not updated on my machine and more than once I was unable to connect to a meeting or worse I was unable to present. Very embarrassing!
Eventually I switched to the Flatpak version and now the application is updated. No issues since.
Three or four months ago I tried to install Zoom under Ubuntu.
The installation had failed because the web browser Edge was required to operate.
That’s interesting. Didn’t encounter such a thing.
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