How to Install Zoom on Debian 11

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.

At the end of this guide, you will know how to install Zoom on your Debian 11 Bullseye operating system in the following tutorial.

Prerequisites

  • Recommended OS: Debian 11 Bullseye.
  • User account: A user account with sudo privilages or root access (su command).

Updating Operating System

Update your Debian 11 operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Root or Sudo Access

By default, when you create your account at startup with Debian compared to other distributions, it does not automatically receive sudoers status. You must either have access to the root password to use the su command or visit our tutorial on How to Add a User to Sudoers on Debian.

Install WGET Package

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 1.21 built on linux-gnu.

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

sudo apt install wget -y

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Install Zoom

By default, Zoom is not in Debian’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 on Debian 11

Type (Y), then press (ENTER KEY) to proceed with the installation.

Launch Zoom

You can launch Zoom in various ways. One of the most common is (Applications -> Internet -> Zoom).

Example:

How to Install Zoom on Debian 11

You can also launch Zoom from your Debian terminal by typing the following command:

zoom

Most would prefer to launch Zoom in the background of their current terminal to continue to use it. To do this, use the following:

zoom &

Once launched, you will come to the application login screen:

Example:

How to Install Zoom on Debian 11

Congratulations, you have installed Zoom by downloading the .deb package and installing it with the APT package manager.


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Uninstall Zoom

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

sudo apt autoremove zoom

Example output:

The following packages will be REMOVED:
  libegl1-mesa libxcb-xinerama0 libxcb-xtest0 zoom
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 4 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 250 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 

Type (Y), then press (ENTER KEY) to proceed with the uninstall.

Note, this will remove Zoom and all its dependencies.

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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