How to Install Zoom Client on Ubuntu 20.04

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 know how to install Zoom on your Ubuntu 20.04 desktop.

Prerequisites

  • Recommended OS: Ubuntu 20.04
  • User account: A user account with sudo or root access.

Update Operating System

Update your Ubuntu 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:

sudo whoami

Example output showing sudo status:

[joshua@ubuntu ~]$ sudo whoami
root

To set up an existing or new sudo account, visit our tutorial on How to Add a User to Sudoers on Ubuntu.

To use the root account, use the following command with the root password to log in.

su

Check if WGET Package Installed

The tutorial will utilize the wget package to download the GPG key; Debian 11 has this installed by default but to verify:

wget --version

Example output if installed:

GNU Wget 1.20.3 built on linux-gnu.

If you do not have wget installed, use the following command:

sudo apt install wget -y

Option 1. Install Zoom Client Manually

By default, Zoom is not in Ubuntu 20.04’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, proceed to run the following command to download Zoom:

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

When the download has been completed, install the .deb package with the following command:

sudo apt install ./zoom_amd64.deb

Example output:

How to Install Zoom Client on Ubuntu 20.04

Type “Y,” then press “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the installation.

Option 2. Install Zoom Client with Snap

Snap comes installed by default on Ubuntu systems. If you are already using Snaps on your system, it would be easier to install the client using Snap and keep it updated with just a command instead of messing around the manual way.

To do this, in your terminal, execute the following command:

sudo snap install zoom-client

Example output:

zoom-client 5.8.0.16 from Oliver Grawert (ogra) installed

How to Launch Zoom Client

With the installation complete, you can run Zoom in a few different ways.

First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command:

zoom

Alternatively, run the Zoom & command in the background to free up the terminal:

zoom &

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > Zoom. If you cannot find it, use the search function in the Show Applications menu if you have many applications installed.

Example:

How to Install Zoom Client on Ubuntu 20.04

Once launched, you will come to the application login screen, sign or create an account.

Example:

How to Install Zoom Client on Ubuntu 20.04

And that is it, and you have successfully installed Zoom client on your Ubuntu 20.04 desktop.

How to Update Zoom Client

For updates, you will need to re-download the .deb package and rerun the installation command to upgrade.

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

When the download has been completed, install the .deb package with the following command:

sudo apt install ./zoom_amd64.deb

If you installed Zoom using Snap, use the following command to update your installed Snaps:

sudo snap refresh --list

How to Uninstall (Remove) Zoom Client

To remove Zoom as it’s no longer required is relatively easy; just run the following command:

sudo apt autoremove zoom --purge

Example output:

How to Install Zoom Client on Ubuntu 20.04

Type “Y,” then press “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the uninstall.

Note, this will remove Zoom and all its dependencies.

If you installed Zoom client using Snap, use the following command to remove:

sudo snap remove zoom-client

Example output:

zoom-client removed

Comments and Conclusion

In the guide, you have learned how to install Zoom using various options and remove it. 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.



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