Install Zoom for Linux Client on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04

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..

Zoom solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.

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

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.

https://zoom.us/download?os=linux

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 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…

~Enjoy!

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21 thoughts on “Install Zoom for Linux Client on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04

  1. There is NO PLACE to click “open and install” when I right-click the downloaded folder. NOW WHAT????

    1. It states in the istruction above, to select “Open With Software Install” after you have right-clicked the .deb icon.
      Hope this helps!

  2. “open with software install” does not appear when I right click the downloaded folder. NOW WHAT?????

    1. First, make sure you downloaded the correct package (Ubuntu and Debian based are .deb, Fedora is .rpm)

      You can try double-clicking on the icon and see if the system has the package manager registered to open it automatically.

      If not, in the command line from the terminal.
      sudo apt install ~/Downloads/zoom_amd64.deb

      Hope this helps.

  3. Hi!
    For me ones i am at the poist to actually start the install, by clicking the Install icon, ones i have entered my authentication credentials , the intallation proggress bar only breafly flashes and stops the install. And nothing gets installed.
    Any suggestions?

  4. hi guys, can anybody show me how to update zoom that was installed by this way? i tried “sudo apt-get upgrade zoom” but it say zoom is already the newest version (2.4.129780.0915).

    1. You will need to download the file again and run the install. It should overwrite the old one with the updated files but if you find 2 instances of it in the menu then you’ll have to uninstall the old one. I would uninstall both and then re-install the new one.
      You may be able to remove the application through either the Software Store (look under installed) or use “sudo apt-get uninstall zoom” but that depends on getting the name it is registered as (“zoom”) correct.

      Running apt-get will only pull updates from the repositories, similar to the various app stores Microsoft, Google and Android are copying. That’s why applications like Chrome and Firefox check and run updates themselves.

  5. Screen share only has whiteboard option and not desktop for Ubuntu 18.04. Any suggestions on how to fix this issue?

  6. Refuses to install on Ubuntu 19.04. It is not a matter of “try again”. The software supplied does not install on Ubuntu 19.04. If I can’t get it to install with 30 years of IT support and development behind me it is not fit to be used.

  7. Hi,
    I am not able to install it in parrot security os .
    please tell which linux type and virsion I have to choose.

    1. “Parrot OS is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian”. Follow the instructions for Debian, that should work.

  8. It seems to have installed, but Zoom does not open and there is no icon anywhere to click on to open it. So how do I open the program to use it? Or did it lie to me and did not actually install at all?

  9. Downloaded, installed & runs perfectly…
    However after logging in using my spybook account, zoom didn’t sync or import any contacts from spybook 🙁 skype automatically synchronizes your contacts… maybe you could add this feature in an update?? Other than this all seems to work perfectly… I’m running Ubuntu 14.04TLS 32bit

  10. cuando lo voy a instalar desde el centro de software, en ubuntu 16.04, me da un mensaje , no se debe instalar, porque el software es de baja calidad y puede dañar el sistema

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