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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Thoughts on “How to Install Jitsi Meet on Ubuntu Server

  • I completed the install but where is jisti URL ? how to locate it ? The tutorial seems disconnected in betweem.

    • Hi Riyo, the Jitsi URL will be the site directory you installed Jitsi to in Step 7 of the installation process. You’ll need to make sure that the site is up and running and accessible so that, post-install, the software will be too. Hope that helps!

  • Hi, after running the last command, i get this error at the bottom and im quite unsure as to how to fix it 🙁 would you know?

    jitsi-meet-prosody
    jitsi-meet
    jitsi-meet-turnserver
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    • Hello and thanks for contacting us. Unfortunately, although this article will need to be updated shortly, I’m unable to replicate that error on our Ubuntu Server. Please share more info on how you got to that error or contact our Managed Hosting team for further assistance. You can also check the Jitsi community forum.

  • I installed Jitsi behind pfsense and the user conect to the conference but no have video and sound.

    • Hello and thanks for asking. Do you remember what you typed for step 7: “intended hostname or domain”? You may need to change your configuration file to point to a different file path.

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