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. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Zoom for Linux client on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 desktops.
The Client works on Ubuntu, Fedora, and many other Linux distributions and it’s easy to install and use. The client is not an opensource software. however, if you’re going to be participating on Zoom conference call or scheduling a Zoom meeting, then you will want to install the tool.
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When you’re ready, continue below:
Follow the steps below to get Zoom for Linux install
To install Zoom using its DEB package, simply go to this link below and select the version for Ubuntu systems… 64-bit should be good if your system supports it. Then download it to your desktop (usually to the Downlaods foldero of your Home directory).
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 https://zoom.us/client/latest/zoom_amd64.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
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.
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
When Ubuntu Software opens, click Install to begin the installation.
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.
This is how one installs Zoom for Linux on Ubuntu 16.06 / 17.10 and 18.04 desktop. Now you simply sign in with your account credentials or click the button to join a meeting.
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