How to install and start Zoom in Linux?

The video conferencing service Zoom can be installed in almost all Linux distributions. We show how this works using the example of Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Pop! _OS.

Zoom can be installed either via the integrated software center, via a terminal or with a DEB installation file from the Zoom website. We recommend the second method as it is the fastest.

This is how you install Zoom in Ubuntu

Install Zoom via the software center

This method automatically installs Zoom as a snap package. Snap is a package management system from Ubuntu developer Canonical that is causing mixed feelings in the Linux community. If you don’t like Snap, use the second or third installation method from this guide.

1st step:

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Open the “Ubuntu Software Center“. To do this, click on the icon on the left, the one orange shopping bag with an “A” indicates. In Linux Mint it is “Application Management” and in Pop! _OS it is “Pop! _Shop”. In Ubuntu, click on the magnifying glass symbol in the top left and type in the search field “zoom“And wait a moment. Then click in Ubuntu on “zoom-client“. In Linux Mint and Pop! _OS the entry is just called “Zoom”.

2nd step:

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Click on the button “To install“And confirm with your password. Now Zoom will be installed (in Ubuntu as a snap package). The installation took a little longer for us.

Install Zoom via terminal

This method works in the same way in Linux Mint and Pop! _OS, since these are also based on Ubuntu.

1st step:

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Open the terminal by using the keyboard shortcut [Strg] + [Alt] + [T] presses. Then enter the following command and confirm with [Enter].

wget https://zoom.us/client/latest/zoom_amd64.deb

If you get a message that the program “wget” is not installed, give the command first sudo apt install wget and confirms the installation.

2nd step:

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Photo: GIGA

Ubuntu saves the DEB installation file for Zoom in your home directory (“personal folder”) by default. With the following terminal command you install the file:

sudo apt install ./zoom_amd64.deb

Enter your password and confirm with [Enter]. When asked “Do you want to continue“You confirm again with [Enter]to install the program. Then you can delete the DEB file from your “personal folder” again. Click on it and press [Entf] on your keyboard.

Download and install Zoom as a DEB file

Alternatively, you can download the DEB installation file from the Zoom website. However, the terminal method described above does the same.

1st step:

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Opens the Zoom website and carries with Linux type “Ubuntu” one. If you use Pop! _OS, you also choose “Ubuntu”. At Linux Mint you choose “Mint”. Under “Architecture of the operating system” you enter “64 Bit” on. Unless you have an older 32-bit computer. With “Version” you choose “16.04+” out. Confirmed with the button “Download“. For example, saves the DEB file in “Personal Folder”.

2nd step:

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Open your “personal folder” and double click on the DEB file. Click on the button “To install“. Then you can delete the DEB file from the “personal folder” and close all open windows.

Zoom in Ubuntu starten

Opens the application overview (press Windows or Super key), types “zoom“And click on the appropriate program to start it. If you installed Zoom via the “Ubuntu Software Center” (as a snap package), it may take a moment for Zoom to open.

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Search for “Zoom” in the applications and open the program. Image: GIGA

Ubuntu: Uninstall Zoom

Zoom was installed via the “Ubuntu Software Center”:

  1. Opens the “Ubuntu Software Center“.
  2. Click on the tab “Installed“.
  3. Click next to “zoom-client“On the button”Remove“.
  4. Confirm the query with the button “Remove“.
  5. Enter your password and confirm with [Enter].
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Zoom is uninstalled here in the “Ubuntu Software Center”. Image: GIGA

Zoom was installed via the terminal or with the DEB file from the developer website:

  1. Open the terminal by using the keyboard shortcut [Strg] + [Alt] + [T] presses.
  2. Give the order sudo apt remove zoom and press [Enter].
  3. Type in your password and press [Enter].
  4. Confirmed again with [Enter]to confirm the uninstallation. Zoom is now removed.
The terminal uninstalls Zoom.  Image: GIGA
The terminal uninstalls Zoom. Image: GIGA

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