Zoom is a communications technology platform that provides videotelephony and real-time online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform and is used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and much more.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Zoom Cloud Meetings client on Linux Mint 20 using three various methods.
- Recommended OS: Linux Mint 20 or higher.
- User account: A user account with sudo or root access.
Update Operating System
Update your Linux Mint operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
The tutorial will be using the sudo command and assuming you have sudo status.
To verify sudo status on your account:
Example output showing sudo status:
[joshua@linuxmint ~]$ sudo whoami root
To set up an existing or new sudo account, visit our tutorial on Adding a User to Sudoers on Linux Mint.
To use the root account, use the following command with the root password to log in.
The tutorial will be utilizing the terminal, and for those unfamiliar, this can be found in your show applications menu.
Option 1. Install Zoom Client Manually
By default, Zoom is not in Linux Mint or Ubuntu’s default repositories, given it is not open source. So to install Zoom, you will need to download and install manually from Zoom’s download page.
First, visit the downloads page and get an updated link if the current universal download link is broken; if not, run the following command to download Zoom.
When the download has been completed, install the .deb package with the following command:
sudo apt install ./zoom_amd64.deb
Type Y, then press ENTER KEY to proceed with the installation.
Now check the version of the Zoom software.
apt-cache policy zoom
For updates, you will need to re-download the new .deb package and run the installation command to upgrade.
To remove ZOOM, use the following command.
sudo apt autoremove zoom --purge
Option 2 – Install Zoom Client with Snapcraft
The second option is to use the Snap package manager. Snap is not installed on Linux Mint, and the developers of Linux Mint frown upon Snap a bit which is unusual given they are using the downstream Ubuntu versions and have done some locking you need to sort out first.
To install Snap, first, use the following command.
sudo mv /etc/apt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref ~/Documents/nosnap.backup
The above commands removed the lock put in place by Linux Mint.
To install Snap, use the following command:
sudo apt install snapd -y
When you have returned to your system, start the snapd service and enable automatic startup.
sudo systemctl enable snapd --now
Before you continue any further, it is recommended to reboot your PC to make sure all paths for Snap have been generated. Failure to do this may result in errors using Snap. If you encounter these, make sure to go back and follow this step.
Next, some packages come in classic, so you need to create a symlink to enable classic snap support.
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
Next, verify the Snapd service is running by using the systemctl command:
systemctl status snapd
If you are installing Snap for the first time, it is advised to install the core files to avoid conflicting issues:
sudo snap install core
core 16-2.52.1 from Canonical✓ installed
Next, install the Zoom Cloud Meetings client package using snap:
sudo snap install zoom-client
zoom-client 22.214.171.1240 from Oliver Grawert (ogra) installed
As above, this informs you that Zoom was successfully installed and the version number.
Snap packages are more significant in size than traditional repositories through the APT package manager for several reasons. However, the trade-off is more straightforward maintained packages that are often updated to the latest available version.
For the future, to update along with and any other packages installed by Snap, run the following command:
sudo snap refresh
If you no longer need Zoom installed, remove it using the Snap remove command.
sudo snap remove zoom-client
Option 3. Install Zoom Client with Flatpak
The third option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak should be present on your Linux Mint system by default.
First, if you have removed Flatpak or are unsure if you have, run the install command as follows.
sudo apt install flatpak -y
Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Now begin the installation using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub us.zoom.Zoom
Type Y Twice, then press the ENTER KEY Twice to install.
Flatpak should auto-update packages roughly 10 minutes into a new desktop session by default. However, if you need to update manually, use the following command.
To remove the Flatpack version of Zoom, run the following command:
flatpak uninstall --delete-data us.zoom.Zoom
Type Y and then ENTER KEY to proceed with the removal using the Flatpak method.
Note, you will be prompted twice to Type Y or N. The second option removes all data for complete removal.
How to Launch Zoom Client
Now that you have the Zoom application installed, launching can be done from your terminal in a few ways.
In your terminal type:
If you would like to launch and use the terminal, send the process to the background:
Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:
flatpak run us.zoom.Zoom
However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Taskbar > Internet > Zoom.
Once you open Zoom, you will see the first default landing screen to log in or join a meeting.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed the Zoom Cloud Meetings client.
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Zoom using various options. Overall, Zoom is an exciting alternative to the most prominent platforms such as Skype for businesses and is recommended to check out if you are seeking something new.