How to Install Jitsi Meet desktop on Debian 11

In the times in which we live, teleworking and distance learning has become very relevant. That is why many tools have emerged to help us with remote communications. However, not all of them are new, but they have now become relevant. Well, one of them is the Jitsi Meet desktop. Hot you will learn how to install it.

what is Jitsi Meet?

Jitsi Meet is a free and open-source tool that allows us to make group video calls. The main difference regarding proprietary solutions is that it is very private and encrypted, and we can deploy our instance.

This makes Jitsi Meet suitable for use in private and educational environments because there is no extra cost.

Jitsi Meet desktop client

Thanks to contributions from the community, we have a desktop client for Jitsi Meet. This client is built with Electron, so it is compatible with many Linux distributions as well as Windows.

Thanks to this client, we will be able to access a Jitsi server from the desktop, always with encryption. In addition to this, we can have the option of Always on Top to not miss anything. Another feature of this program is that it has automatic updates that will make us always use the latest stable version.

In short, it is a small application, but it fulfills the purpose of bringing Jitsi to our desktop so that we don’t have to use it from a browser.

Installing Jitsi Meet Desktop on Debian 11 with APT

To install Jitsi Meet, we have several options. The most common is to use APT. For this, we have to download the latest stable version of the DEB package available on the application’s GitHub profile.

After you download it, open your file browser and navigate to the folder where you downloaded it.

Jitsi Meet desktop client package
Jitsi Meet desktop client package

Right click on the package and access the properties and then the Open With tab and select Software Install Apply the changes.

Configuring the package
Configuring the package

To install the package graphically, then just double-click on it and the Software Installer will open.

Install Jitsi Meet on Debian 11
Install Jitsi Meet on Debian 11

Just click on the Install button and enter your password.

Then you can run it from the main menu.

If you like the console, you can do everything like this.

First download the package

wget https://github.com/jitsi/jitsi-meet-electron/releases/download/v2022.3.1/jitsi-meet-amd64.deb

And then, install it with APT.

sudo apt install ./jitsi-meet-amd64.deb

You can also run it from the terminal.

Install Jitsi Meet desktop with Flatpak

Another way to install Jitsi Meet desktop is to install it using Flatpak. This very popular technology allows us to enjoy isolated system packages with all their dependencies.

First, install Flatpak

sudo apt install flatpak

Then add the Flathub repository where the application is hosted.

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

And finally install the application by running

sudo flatpak install flathub org.jitsi.jitsi-meet

All that’s left is to run it from the main menu.

Using Jitsi Meet Desktop

As soon as you install and run it, you will see the following screen.

Jitsi Meet desktop on Debian 11
Jitsi Meet desktop on Debian 11

You can take the tour and get a short tutorial on how to use the tool, or leave it for another day.

In either case, you will then see a text box where you have to enter the address of the meeting or Jitsi instance.

The tool interface
The tool interface

In the options, you can control the server request time or set the URL.

Settings tool
Settings tool

Uninstalling the tool

If you prefer not to use it anymore, it is recommended to uninstall it.

In case you installed it via APT, open a terminal and run

sudo apt remove jitsi-meet-electron

But if you installed it via Flatpak, then the best thing to do is to run

sudo flatpak remove org.jitsi.jitsi-meet

Conclusion

In this post, you learned how to install, uninstall and use Jitsi Meet Desktop which is a more convenient way to access a Jitsi Meet instance, so we can communicate with our teams.

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