How to Install Zoom on Debian 12, 11 or 10

In today’s digital age, the demand for reliable video conferencing tools has skyrocketed. Zoom has emerged as a frontrunner among the contenders, offering a suite of features tailored to diverse communication needs.

Zoom’s Noteworthy Features:

  • Pristine Video & Audio: With Zoom, users can expect top-notch video and audio clarity, making virtual meetings as effective as face-to-face interactions.
  • Dynamic Screen Sharing: Whether presenting a slideshow, showcasing an application, or collaborating on a document, Zoom’s screen-sharing capability enhances the collaborative experience.
  • Personalized Backgrounds: Elevate your meetings with the option to set virtual backgrounds, whether static imagery or engaging videos.
  • Focused Group Discussions: Utilize breakout rooms to segment participants into smaller groups, fostering concentrated discussions or brainstorming sessions.
  • Comprehensive Meeting Records: Zoom allows users to record meetings locally or on the cloud, ensuring that no detail is missed and that content can be revisited or shared as needed.
  • Universal Accessibility: Zoom’s cross-platform design ensures that whether you’re on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, or iOS, joining a meeting is just a click away.

With its user-centric features and intuitive interface, Zoom has solidified its position as a preferred choice for many seeking efficient remote communication solutions. As we delve deeper into this guide, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to get Zoom up and running on your system.

Method 1: Install Zoom via .deb Package

Update Debian Before Zoom Installation

Before you begin, ensure 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

Install Required Packages For Zoom

Depending on the version of Debian you are running, but especially for Debian Bookworm, you need to install the following packages before installing Zoom:

sudo apt install libegl1-mesa libxcb-cursor0 libxcb-xtest0

These can be skipped, but if you encounter issues in the next step, you may need to install them.

Install Zoom via APT Command

The first option is to install the official Debian-based package. Zoom is not available by default in the default Debian repository.

In your terminal, use the following command to download the package:

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

Once you have finished downloading the package, run the installation command:

sudo apt install ./zoom_amd64.deb

Method 2: Install Zoom via Flatpak and Flathub

The second option for installing the Zoom Client on your Debian system is the Flatpak package manager. However, unlike other Linux distributions, Debian doesn’t come with Flatpak preinstalled.

Note: For users new to Debian and Linux in general and like to know how to install Flatpak on Debian, visit our detailed article on “How to Install Flatpak on Debian”.

Enable Flathub For Zoom Installation

After installing the Flatpak manager, you must enable the Flathub repository containing the Zoom Client package. To enable Flathub, enter the following command in your terminal:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Install Zoom via Flatpak Command

Once your system has rebooted, you can install the Zoom Client using Flatpak. To install Zoom, run the following command:

flatpak install flathub us.zoom.Zoom

Launch Zoom UI

Now that the Zoom Client is installed on your Debian system, several application launch options exist.

CLI Commands to Launch Zoom

First, if you installed Zoom natively on your Debian system, you can launch the application directly from the terminal using the following command:

zoom

Alternatively, you installed Zoom using Flatpak; you can also launch the application from the terminal:

flatpak run us.zoom.Zoom

GUI Method to Launch Zoom

Alternatively, most desktop users can launch Zoom directly from their desktop environment. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Activities menu.
  2. Click on Show Applications.
  3. Locate and click on the Zoom icon.

Tips for Getting Started with Zoom

After successfully installing and launching Zoom on your Debian system, it’s time to explore some helpful tips and customizations to enhance your experience.

General Tips for Zoom

  • Keyboard shortcuts: Familiarize yourself with Zoom’s keyboard shortcuts to navigate the application more efficiently. For example, use Alt+A to mute/unmute your audio, Alt+V to start/stop your video, and Alt+H to display/hide the chat panel.
  • Adjust audio settings: To ensure optimal audio quality during meetings, test and adjust your microphone and speaker settings by going to Settings > Audio.
  • Configure video settings: To improve your video quality, customize settings such as camera selection and resolution and enable/disable HD video. Access these settings by going to Settings > Video.
  • Use virtual backgrounds: Enhance your video presence by adding virtual backgrounds. Navigate to Settings > Virtual Background to select a pre-existing background or upload your image.

Customization Options for Zoom

  • Change theme: You can modify Zoom’s appearance by selecting a different theme. Go to Settings > General > Theme and choose between Light, Dark, or System themes.
  • Customize chat settings: Adjust the font size and other settings by navigating to Settings > Chat.
  • Enable/disable notifications: Control which notifications you receive during meetings by going to Settings > Notifications and toggling on or off the desired options.
  • Customize recording settings: Configure the recording settings, such as the file format, video quality, and saving location, by going to Settings > Recording.

Other Tips for Zoom

  • Optimize screen sharing: When sharing your screen, select the specific window or application you want to share instead of your entire desktop to minimize the risk of accidentally sharing sensitive information.
  • Use breakout rooms: Breakout rooms are an excellent tool for dividing participants into smaller groups for more focused discussions. As the meeting host, you can create and manage breakout rooms during the session.
  • Schedule meetings: You can plan and schedule meetings in advance using the built-in scheduling feature, which allows you to send invitations, set reminders, and customize meeting settings.

Additional Commands For Zoom

Update Zoom

Here’s how to update the Zoom Client based on your installation method:

To update the Zoom Client installed via Flatpak, run the following command in your terminal:

flatpak update

This command will search for updates for all installed Flatpak applications, including the Zoom Client. If an update is available, it will be downloaded and installed automatically.

You can update manual .deb package installations by re-downloading the new .deb file and re-running the installation command shown in Method 1. This process will overwrite the existing Zoom Client with the updated version.

Remove Zoom

If you no longer require the Zoom Client on your Debian system, you can uninstall it using the appropriate command based on your original installation method.

APT Zoom Remove Command:

To uninstall the Zoom Client installed natively using the apt package manager, execute the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt remove zoom

This command will remove the Zoom Client from your Debian system.

Flatpak Zoom Remove Command:

To uninstall the Zoom Client installed via Flatpak, execute the following command in your terminal:

flatpak remove  --delete-data us.zoom.Zoom -y

Conclusion

In summary, installing the Zoom Client on Debian Linux is a straightforward process. You can choose between native installation using a .deb file or Flatpak installation via Flathub. Both methods have advantages, and the choice depends on your preferences and system configuration. Once installed, you can quickly launch and use Zoom for video conferencing, benefiting from this guide’s various tips and customizations.

Useful Links

Here are some valuable links related to using Zoom on a Debian system:

  • Zoom Official Website: Visit the official Zoom website for information about the video conferencing platform, features, and download options.
  • Zoom Support: Access Zoom’s support page for help articles, FAQs, and troubleshooting guides.
  • Zoom Developer Documentation: Explore the developer documentation for information on integrating Zoom with other applications and using its APIs.
  • Zoom Meeting SDK for Linux: Check out the specific documentation for using the Zoom Meeting SDK on Linux systems, including installation and integration guides.

These links provide additional information and resources to help you effectively use Zoom on your Debian system.

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