Setting up a video conferencing facility with Ubuntu 18.04 (Jitsi Meet)

In light of COVID-19 we understand that a number of companies and individuals are seeking video conferencing facilities so they can work from home and still communicate, visually with their colleagues, friends or family.

Although we do not provide support for configuration of this software (and you will still require a degree of technical know-how to get it setup), we thought we'd put a "how to" online to explain how to set up the popular FREE video conferencing facility named "Jitsi Meet".

Operating system required for the purposes of this article: Ubuntu 18.04

This guide assumes you have a fresh VPS instance and the intended purpose of the server is solely for Jitsi Meet. Simply set up an "A" record to your VPS IP address and you should be able to setup a video conference!

  • First install the Jitsi repository key onto your system:
    wget -qO - https://download.jitsi.org/jitsi-key.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
  • Create a sources.list.d file with the repository:
    sudo sh -c "echo 'deb https://download.jitsi.org stable/' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jitsi-stable.list"
  • Update your package list:
    sudo apt-get -y update
  • Install the full suite:
    sudo apt-get -y install jitsi-mee
  • Install LetEncrypt
    sudo /usr/share/jitsi-meet/scripts/install-letsencrypt-cert.sh

For more information on the video conferencing software go to https://jitsi.org

You can also watch this YouTube video for more in-depth instructions and considerations:

  • Jitsi Meet, video conferencing, covid-19
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