How to Install Zoom Ubuntu and Debian Derivatives

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Zoom Meetings is a proprietary video teleconferencing software program developed by Zoom Video Communications. The free plan allows up to 100 concurrent participants, with a 40-minute time restriction. Users have the option to upgrade by subscribing to a paid plan.

In this guide we are going to explore how to install Zoom Client on Ubuntu and Debian derivatives like Debian, Kubuntu and Elementary or Linux Mint.

You can easily download Zoom on your PC to start video conferencing with your colleagues and friends around the world. Zoom offers remote conferencing services including video calls, online meetings, and collaborative tasks. Zoom is free to use but does offer paid subscriptions which offer additional features.

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To follow along this guide, ensure you have the following:

  • Ubuntu 20.04 or Debian based server
  • Access to the internet
  • Basic knowledge of Terminal usage in Linux

Table of content

  1. Upgrading OS
  2. Downloading the installation package
  3. Installing zoom

Upgrading OS

Ensure that you have the latest packages in your system. Use these commands to ensure yor system is updated:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y

Downloading the installation package

The zoom software is not found in the Ubuntu packages repositories. Zoom provides a binary package that can be downloaded from its website and installed.

Head over to the zoom download page here and click download

Or use the cmd to download:

$ curl -LO
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0
100 53.1M  100 53.1M    0     0  60.5M      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--  116M

Installing zoom

After downloading the package, locate the directory where the package was downloaded and type this command to install zoom:

sudo apt -y install ./zoom_amd64.deb

Wait for the installation to complete.

Confirm that zoom is installed using this command:

$ apt policy zoom
  Version table:
 *** 100
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

You can now launch zoom using the command zoom either in the terminal or in the launcher.

Removing zoom

Use this command to uninstall zoom if you no longer neeed it.

sudo apt remove -y zoom


We have gone through the steps needed to install the Zoom client software in this guide.

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