How to install the Zoom program on Linux – detailed instructions

04 June 2024

In today’s world, where remote work and virtual meetings are becoming the norm, video conferencing tools such as Zoom play a key role in ensuring effective communication. This process not only demonstrates the depth of Linux capabilities, but also allows users to better control installation and updates on their own systems. In this article, we will look at step-by-step instructions on two ways to install Zoom on Linux and Ubuntu.

Method 1. Installing Zoom using a Linux terminal

Installing Zoom using a Linux terminal

The first way to install the Zoom program is to use a Linux terminal.

Updating with APT

To update on systems using APT (for example, Debian or Ubuntu), open a terminal. Enter the sudo apt update command to update the package list. This step ensures that your system is aware of the availability of new software versions. 

Run sudo apt upgrade zoom to update the specific application to the latest available version. If the program is installed for the first time, the system automatically processes dependencies and prompts you to update the necessary packages. Confirm the operation if requested.

Installation in Ubuntu

To install the Zoom program on an Ubuntu system, open the client terminal and use the command `sudo apt install ./zoom_amd64.deb’. If necessary, the system will install all the necessary components that are not available in the device. Wait for a while until the program performs a full installation. 

Launching the Zoom program

Communication in Zoom

After successfully completing the installation of the program through the Linux terminal, it is enough to enter the zoom command in the terminal to launch the application. If the installation is made from the repository, the system will automatically detect the installed application, and the launch will take place without additional settings. 

In the case of installation via a downloaded DEB or RPM package, the startup command will also be relevant, since the installer adds the necessary paths to the environment variables. After entering the command, the user immediately enters the application interface, where you can set up an account or join a meeting.

Method 2. (GUI Method) Using the Ubuntu Software Center

Now we should move on to the second method, namely how to install Zoom on Ubuntu using the software center.

Open the Software Center

To start installing software via the graphical interface in Ubuntu, you first need to open the Software Center. This can be done by clicking on the «Show Applications» icon at the bottom of the left panel of the desktop, and then entering «Ubuntu Software Center» in the search and selecting the result.

Find Zoom in the software center


After launching the application, use the search bar at the top of the window to enter the name of the software. The application will display a list of results, among which you will see the Zoom client for meetings. If you didn’t find the program right away, make sure that you have all software sources enabled, including the Canonical Partners repositories.

Install the client application

Among the suggested results, select «Zoom Client for Meetings». On the application page, click on «Install». Enter your account password to confirm the installation. After the installation is complete, the application will be available for use. Open it through the application menu or using the system search. 

Launching the Zoom

Now you are ready to conduct or join video meetings via Zoom on your Ubuntu computer by opening the program by clicking on the program icon.

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