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 a variety of 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 Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using either the flatpak package manager or the snapcraft package manager, with some tips for maintaining or removing software in the future.
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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 apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Install Zoom Client – Snapcraft Method
The first option is to install Zoom as a snap. The Snapcraft package manager should be installed on your Ubuntu desktop unless you have removed it previously and is often the easiest solution to install packages quickly on Ubuntu systems.
For users that removed snapd, re-run the following command:
sudo apt install snapd -y
Once installed, you will need to restart your system, or else the icons may not appear; if you skip a repeat and notice any issues, reboot.
Snap installed? Skip the following few lines and proceed straight to the installation with Snap
Next, some packages come in classic, so you need to create a symlink to enable classic snap support, so it is best to run this command for the best snap compatibility.
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
Install the core files to avoid conflicting issues.
sudo snap install core
Next, enter the following snap command to install.
sudo snap install zoom-client
Install Zoom Client – Flatpak Method
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which is not installed on Ubuntu distributions, given Snap, which is Flatpak’s rival, is owned by Canonical and Ubuntu. However, Flatpak is still available to install from Ubuntu’s default repository.
The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version compared to Ubuntu which focuses on stability with older versions that only see updates for security issues or serve bugs.
First, install the Flatpak manager; this can be skipped if you already have it installed.
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
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
How to Launch Zoom Client
Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
Snap users need to use the snap run <application> command.
sudo snap run zoom-client
Lastly, Flatpak users can run from the terminal using the following 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 (top-right corner) > Show Applications > Zoom
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. Also, you will notice a blue icon in the top-right hand corner as with the picture below with Zoom also available in the background, but this will be removed once you exit the program.
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.
sudo snap refresh
How to Remove (Uninstall) Zoom Client
Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.
Flatpak Remove Method
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 apt remove example command.
flatpak remove --unused
Snapcraft Remove Method
sudo snap remove --purge zoom-client
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Zoom Client on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using one of the two installation methods.
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.