How to install Cisco WebEx in Linux

Webex is a powerful video conferencing and online meeting tool from Cisco. It is used by enterprises to organize meetings between teams and members. Its popularity has been affected by the rise of Slack and Microsoft Teams, but it is still a popular choice for many businesses.

The problem with Webex is that it is not available on all devices. Users need to have a compatible iOS, Android, or Windows device nearby in order to access Webex meetings. Both Microsoft Teams and Slack offer applications that work on all platforms, including Linux. Cisco Webex is a bit late to the party, but in May 2021, Cisco released an official Webex Linux client to the public.

Webex for Linux is single app which supports all the core Webex capabilities to help you collaborate seamlessly. It officially supports Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 and RHEL 8.2/8.3.

WebEx app for Linux

Cisco is continuing to work towards providing the same features that are available on Webex App for Windows, and Linux will soon support the following features:

  • Wayland support for application sharing
  • Image/text and video optimization when starting a screen sharing
  • Video and audio hardware acceleration
  • Remote desktop control
  • Virtual background and audio background noise removal
  • Call control of third-party headsets
  • Webex Calling, Webex for Service Providers, Contact Center, Voicemail

Install WebEx client on Ubuntu

In order to install WebEx client for Ubuntu, head over to http://webex.com/downloads.html to download the DEB installer, then run the following command.

sudo apt-get install ./Webex.deb
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Remember to replace ./Webex.deb with the actual path to the DEB file you’ve just downloaded.

If you encounter any error message about cryptographic signatures, you have to import the public key provided by Cisco into your system. On Ubuntu, you can do that by sequentially running the following commands.

wget https://binaries.webex.com/WebexDesktop-Ubuntu-Official-Package/webex_public.key gpg --import webex_public.key sudo apt-get install dpkg-sig dpkg-sig --verify Webex.deb
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Install WebEx client on RHEL/CentOS

Cisco also provides WebEx RPM package for RHEL/CentOS at http://webex.com/downloads.html. Once you had the Webex.rpm file downloaded to your system, install the app from the command line by running:

sudo yum localinstall Webex.rpm
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Similarly, you can fix any cryptographic signatures error by importing the webex_public.key provided by Cisco.

sudo rpm --import webex_public.key rpm --checksig Webex.rpm
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We hope that the article helps you successfully installed Cisco WebEx on your Ubuntu or RHEL-based system. You may be interested in our Linux software roundups, including 8 Best Open Source CMDB software, Best Linux Video Converters or Best Python Graphics Libraries. If you have any suggestion, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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