Zoom is a communications technology platform that provides videotelephony and real-time online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform. The client can be used in various ways to improve communication and collaboration. With its easy-to-use platform, users can connect with colleagues, classmates, and customers in real-time from any device.
In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the Zoom on Fedora 36 Linux using either the flatpak package manager, with some tips for maintaining or removing software in the future.
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Update Fedora Linux
Before you begin, make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid any conflicts during the installation, and for good practice, use the terminal command as follows.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y
Install Zoom Client – Flatpak Method
The best option is to use the Flatpak package manager. This comes installed on Fedora unless you removed it. This is another popular option similar to Snap but is featured amongst many distributions as an alternative third-party installation package manager for the latest packages.
First, install the Flatpak manager; this can be skipped if you already have it installed.
sudo dnf 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
Ideally, you should reboot at this stage; if you skip this and notice icons not appearing, the reboot will generate the paths required for the future.
Now run the installation using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub us.zoom.Zoom -y
If the above command does not work and you receive the “error: Unable to load summary from remote flathub: Can’t fetch summary from disabled remote ‘flathub’‘ use the following command.
flatpak remote-modify --enable flathub
This will fix the issue.
How to Launch Zoom Client
Now that you have the software installed, you can launch the pixel software immediately using the following terminal command.
flatpak run us.zoom.Zoom
However, this is not practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open the course.
Activities > Show Applications > Zoom
The first time you launch Zoom using Wayland instead of Xorg, you will see the following pop-up.
The easiest solution is to restart the application; this is a one-time process, or you can modify the value in your path that will be shown to you, but in my opinion, that will take too long for most users.
Once you open the client, you will see the first default landing screen. From here, you can join a meeting or sign in for account holders.
How to Update/Upgrade Zoom Client
Updates should appear in notifications, but if these fail to show sometimes, it is recommended to check using the terminal regardless use one of the following commands to check for updates.
How to Remove (Uninstall) Zoom Client
Use one of the following commands if you no longer require the application.
flatpak remove --delete-data us.zoom.Zoom -y
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-ups required, similar to the autoremove command described for the DNF remove example command.
flatpak remove --unused
Comments and Conclusion
Zoom is a powerful videoconferencing and online chat platform that can be used for business or educational purposes. Zoom makes it easy to connect with others for collaboration or learning with its many features. Whether you are looking to hold a meeting with colleagues from around the world or want to take a course from the comfort of your home, Zoom has you covered.