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Installing Jitsi Meet on Debian Buster

Reviewed on 17 June 2024Published on 16 March 2020
  • media
  • Jitsi-Meet
  • Debian-Buster
  • videoconferencing

Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, open-source video conferencing tool that does not require an account or subscription.

The tool provides features such as:

  • screen sharing
  • presentations
  • inviting users to a conference through a custom URL
  • editing documents together using Etherpad
  • integrated chat

Before you start

To complete the actions presented below, you must have:

  • A Scaleway account logged into the console
  • Owner status or IAM permissions allowing you to perform actions in the intended Organization
  • An SSH key
  • An Instance running on Debian Buster with at least 4 GB of RAM.
  • A domain or subdomain pointed to your Instance

This tutorial shows the installation of Jitsi Meet on Debian Buster. If you prefer the installation of Jitsi Meet on Ubuntu Bionic Beaver, follow this tutorial.

Installing Jitsi Meet

  1. Configure the hostname of the server corresponding to your domain or subdomain.

    hostnamectl set-hostname jitsi
    sed -i 's/^*$/ jitsi.mydomain.tld jitsi/g' /etc/hosts
    sed -i 's/^*$/ localhost jitsi.mydomain.tld jitsi/g' /etc/hosts
  2. Update the APT package cache and upgrade the software installed on the Instance to the latest version available on the Debian repositories.

    apt update && apt upgrade
  3. Install an Nginx web server. The Jitsi installation tool handles the Nginx configuration if it is present on the system.

    apt install -y nginx
    systemctl start nginx.service
    systemctl enable nginx.service

    If you have not installed Nginx or Apache, Jitsi Meet will automatically install Jetty during the installation.

  4. Download the APT key and set up the repositories of Jitsi:

    wget -qO - | apt-key add -
    sh -c "echo 'deb stable/' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jitsi-stable.list"
    apt update
  5. Launch the installation of Jitsi Meet.

    apt install -y jitsi-meet

    When asked:

    • Enter the FQDN of your Instance. For example jitsi.mydomain.tld and press Enter.
    • Choose the Generate a new self-signed certificate (You will later get a chance to obtain a Let's Encrypt certificate) option as an SSL certificate and press Enter.
  6. Run the following script to generate a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate for your Instance:


    If the generation of the Let’s Encrypt certificate fails, run the following command: dpkg-reconfigure jitsi-meet-web-config to reconfigure the package jitsi-meet-web-config before relaunching the certificate request.

  7. Open a web browser and type the FQDN of your Instance, for example: https://jitsi.mydomain.tld. The following screen displays:

  8. Enter a name for your conference and press Start meeting to enter the conference room.

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