Install Zoom Client on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Zoom client on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04 LTS.

Zoom is a cross-platform video communication tool that works on Windows, Mac, Android and Linux systems. It allows users to schedule and join meetings, video webinar and provide remote technical support.

Zoom is one of the few companies that provides full Linux support. So the client works and supports features you’ll find in other operating systems.

The client is not an opensource software. However, if you’re going to be participating on Zoom conference call or scheduling a Zoom meetings, then you will want to install the tool.

To get started with installing Zoom, follow the steps below:

The are multiple ways to install Zoom client on Ubuntu. You can use the command line terminal as well as the desktop GUI.

For fast installation, use the command line terminal

Method 1: Install via Command line

The quickest way to install Zoom client is via Ubuntu command line interface. Simply run the commands below to install the client.

First press Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard to launch the command line terminal.

Then type the commands below to install:

wget -O Downloads/zoom.deb
sudo apt update
sudo apt install ~/Downloads/zoom.deb

You should then get a prompt to accept packages that are going to be installed. Type y for Yes and continue the installation.

Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Note, selecting 'zoom' instead of '/home/richard/Downloads/zoom.deb'
The following additional packages will be installed:
libegl1-mesa libgl1-mesa-glx libxcb-xtest0
The following NEW packages will be installed:
libegl1-mesa libgl1-mesa-glx libxcb-xtest0 zoom
0 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 0 to remove and 12 not upgraded.
Need to get 16.7 kB/41.5 MB of archives.
After this operation, 155 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y

That’s it!

You can now go to the Activities Dashboard and start Zoom client.

Method 2: Install via GUI Desktop

If the commands above is hard for you to type, then use the steps below to download and install.

Open your browser and browse to the link below. Then choose Ubuntu for Linux Type.

Zoom install client ubuntu

Click the Download button to save to your desktop, usually in the Downloads folder of your Home directory.

After downloading, navigate to your Downloads folder in your Home directory, then right-click the downloaded file and select Open With Software Install

Ubuntu zoom client install

When Ubuntu Software opens, click Install to begin the installation.

Ubuntu zoom client setup

That should prompt you to type and confirm your password before the installation can continue. When you’re done, Zoom should be installed and ready to use…

To launch it, go to the Activities Overview and search Zoom and launch it.

That’s it!


This post showed you how to install Zoom client on Ubuntu 20.04 | `8.04 desktop. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.


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3 thoughts on “Install Zoom Client on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04

  1. Got Zoom installed on Ubuntu 20.04 but with one issue.
    When configuring Zoom for the recording folder, it won’t recognize the 2nd hard disk in the system, or any of my NAS drives. Is there a way around this?

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