How to Install Jitsi Meet on Ubuntu Server

Jitsi Meet is a free open source video conference web application available for free use online or with desktop software.

Like Google Meet and Zoom video conferencing, You can easily create a Jitsi meeting in your browser within seconds without installing additional software or browser extensions.

But Jitsi Meet doesn’t require an account to use any of it’s ever-growing features:

  • Screen sharing
  • Group chat
  • Collaborative document editing
  • Integration with Google and Microsoft Calendar
  • Integration with other popular collaborative software including Slack and MatterMost

There are also Jitsi Meet mobile apps for Apple and Android devices. Jitsi is a great option for quickly setting up a teleconference.

Below we’ll cover how to install Jitsi Meet and create a Jitsi meeting.

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Install Jitsi Meet on Ubuntu Server

  1. SSH into your server as root
  2. Install the Jitsi repository key:
    wget -qO - https://download.jitsi.org/jitsi-key.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add - 
  3. Create a new repository sources file – sources.list.d – for the Jitsi repo:
    sudo sh -c "echo 'deb https://download.jitsi.org stable/' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jitsi-stable.list" 
  4. Install apt-transport-https to access packages with an SSL (HTTPS) connection:
    apt-get install apt-transport-https
  5. Update your Ubuntu server package lists:
    sudo apt-get -y update
  6. Install the Jitsi Meet full suite:
    sudo apt-get -y install jitsi-meet
  7. When prompted, type your intended hostname or domain for the Jitsi URL
  8. Choose to use self-signed SSL (Let’s Encrypt) or your own preinstalled SSL

Regardless of your above choice, we recommend you install a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certicate with Certbot if you need an SSL rather than using an insecure (HTTP) connection.

Create a Meeting

  1. After installing Jitsi Meet, visit your Jitsi URL to create a video conference
  2. In the upper-right corner, select the Settings icon
  3. Here you can configure your camera, microphone, display name, Gravatar email, and language settings
  4. Select OK to save changes
  5. Add a meeting name and select GO to create a Jitsi meeting
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