How to Install Zoom Video Communications Client on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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Zoom is an easy to use and secure communication software that offers video conferencing, online meetings, chat, mobile collaboration and webinars across multiple platforms: mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems.

In this tutorial, we are going to learn how install Zoom client on Ubuntu 18.04 desktop so that you can be able to join Zoom meetings.

Download Zoom Package

To download Zoom package, navigate to Zoom Download Centre,and choose the package for your specific Linux type, OS Architecture and Version of OS. In this case you select Ubuntu as the Linux Type, 64 OS architecture and version 14.04+. After that click the download button and save the package.

You can also download the package as shown below.

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

Installing Zoom

Once the download is complete, install the package either from the GUI or the CLI.

GUI Installation

To install Zoom from GUI, Open the file manager and navigate to download location.

Double click or right click on the package and choose Open With Software Install. This opens up the Zoom Installer. Click install button to install Zoom.

When you click Install, you will be prompted to enter your password to authorize the installation.

Enter your password and authenticate to launch installation.

Command Line Installation

To install Zoom from terminal, navigate to download location, for my case it is Downloads directory and run the following command to install Zoom

cd /home/username/Downloads
dpkg -i zoom_amd64.deb

If you encounter any dependency error as shown below, run the command below to fix it.

dpkg -i zoom_amd64.deb 
Selecting previously unselected package zoom.
(Reading database ... 118356 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack zoom_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking zoom (2.4.129780.0915) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of zoom:
zoom depends on libxcb-xtest0; however:
Package libxcb-xtest0 is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package zoom (--install):
...output snipped...

To fix this, run the command below and repeat the installation step.

apt -f install

To deal with dependencies problem automatically, just use APT  to run the installation.

apt install ./zoom_amd64.deb

Once the installation is complete, you can launch Zoom as described below.

Launching Zoom

When installation is complete, click on the Activities tap at the top left corner of your Ubuntu UI, type zoom search and press enter to launch it.

You can now join the meeting or sign in if you already have an account with Zoom. That is all it takes to install Zoom on Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop.

In our next tutorial, we will discuss how to setup or join a zoom meeting on Ubuntu 18.04.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Clicking on the downloaded file just hangs. Trying the command line, I get

    sudo apt-get install libxcb-xtest0
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package libxcb-xtest0 is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘libxcb-xtest0’ has no installation candidate

    • Hi,
      To avoid having to deal with Dependencies, just run the installation as;
      sudo apt install ./zoom_amd64.deb

  2. Hi, the only way the instalation worked here was through command line.
    If I want later to uninstall, how can I do that?
    sudo apt remove ./zoom_amd64.deb
    ?

  3. when i run command apt istall zoom_amd64.deb following error appear
    E: Invalid operation install

    i don’t understand how to remove it.

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