How to Install Zoom on Fedora 40 or 39

Zoom is a leading video conferencing tool that has become indispensable in the digital communication landscape. It offers a range of features to enhance collaboration and productivity. Its user-friendly interface and robust functionality make it a preferred choice for businesses, educators, and individuals seeking reliable virtual interaction. With high-quality video and audio, Zoom facilitates seamless meetings, webinars, and live chats, ensuring effective communication across various platforms.

Here’s a glimpse at what makes Zoom stand out:

  • High-definition video and audio conferencing capabilities
  • Support for large numbers of participants and viewers in a single session
  • Screen-sharing options to enhance collaboration
  • Virtual backgrounds and touch-up features for a professional appearance
  • Breakout rooms for smaller group discussions within a large meeting
  • Integrated chat functionality for real-time communication
  • End-to-end encryption ensures secure conversations
  • Compatibility with multiple operating systems and devices

Now, let’s transition to the technical aspects of getting Zoom up and running on Fedora 40 or 39 Linux utilizing two different methods with the command-line terminal.

Method 1: Install Zoom via RPM

Update Fedora 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 dnf upgrade --refresh

Download Zoom RPM Package

The first method is to install the RPM directly from the Zoom download center. While this is often the best for users who do not want to use a third-party repository such as Flatpak, you must download the RPM manually each time Zoom releases a binary update, which is the only drawback.

First, ensure your Fedora desktop has the wget package installed.

sudo dnf install wget -y

Ensure you visit the Download Center to grab the latest version. The below is an example command only; it will not work.

Below is an example:

wget https://zoom.us/client/{version}/zoom_x86_64.rpm

Install Zoom via DNF Command

Now install the Zoom client using the following command.

sudo dnf install zoom_x86_64.rpm

Method 2: Install Zoom via Flatpak with Flathub

Opt for the Flatpak package manager as your second-best installation option. Fedora comes with Flatpak installed, offering a popular alternative to Snap. Flatpak, featured in many distributions, is an alternative third-party installation package manager for up-to-date packages.

Enable Flathub For Zoom Installation

First, you must enable Flathub using 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

Now run the installation using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub us.zoom.Zoom -y

Troubleshoot Zoom Flatpak Installation

First, the most common error when installing a Flatpak from Flathub is the following error output.

"error: Unable to load summary from remote flathub: Can't fetch summary from disabled remote 'flathub,"

The fix is simple: run the following command to enable Flathub.

flatpak remote-modify --enable flathub

Launch Zoom Client UI

With Zoom now installed, you can launch the software using cli or the GUI icon.

CLI Commands to Launch Zoom Client

First, for RPM installations, you can run the following command:

zoom

Secondly, Flatpak installations can run the alternative cli command:

flatpak run us.zoom.Zoom

GUI Path to Launch Zoom Client

Most desktop users prefer to open the Zoom application icon using the following path. A hot tip is to right-click the application icon and

Activities > Show Applications > Zoom

Additional Management Commands For Zoom

Update Zoom

For Flatpak installations, use the following command:

flatpak update

RPM installations follow the original steps to upgrade by downloading the new RPM package and running the install command; this will automatically upgrade the installation.

Remove Zoom

Use one of the following commands if you no longer require the application:

RPM Zoom installations run the following command

sudo dnf remove zoom

Flatpak Zoom installations alternatively need to run the following command:

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

Conclusion

Throughout this guide, we’ve walked you through the steps to install Zoom on Fedora 40 or 39 Linux. Our final recommendation is to explore and customize Zoom’s features to suit your needs, ensuring your virtual meetings run smoothly. Remember, a little preparation and familiarity with the software can make your online interactions more effective and enjoyable.

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