TeamViewer is proprietary software that allows a user to remotely access another user’s desktop, share a desktop, and even make it easy to transfer files between PCs over an Internet connection. This is a well-known application among helpdesk employees that comes in handy when helping remote users who are stuck and can’t get decent help.
Moreover, the program works well with all major platforms: macOS, Windows and Linux (also in limited forms on Android and iOS). In addition to transferring files, TeamViewer allows you to chat with your users in real time, synchronize clipboard contents, and more.
However, the complexity of the application does not compromise the simplicity of the program. As such, it is a fairly simple application, as you only need to install it on both computers required to connect, and then link them using the unique ID and password that it automatically generates. While the main feature of this app is geared more towards IT, DevOps, and support agents, it’s free for self-use (and will come in handy when helping a frustrated friend or relative).
In this guide, we will walk you through some proven approaches to installing TeamViewer on your Ubuntu system. You can also use the contents of this guide to set up TeamViewer on Zorin OS, Linux Mint, and almost any other Ubuntu-based Linux distribution.
Features of TeamViewer
- User and device management
- Software integration
- Session features
- Remote and administrative support
- Recording sessions
- Multi-platform access
- Detailed reports
- Management Console
- Ticket manager support
- Connection speed control
How to install TeamViewer via the Ubuntu repository
If you’re a command line fanatic, here are the steps to complete the installation.
Step 1: Download and add the TeamViewer repository key.
First, open a terminal by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+T key combinations. Alternatively, you can click “Actions” on the left side of the desktop and then search for “terminal” in the search bar. After that, click on the blue icon to open it.
After that run the following command to add the TeamViewer repository key as we are setting up TeamViewer through its official website:
cd /tmp wget
The default .asc key file should be downloaded directly to your Downloads folder; This is for those who haven’t changed their default downloads directory. Then add the following key to your system with the following apt-key command as sudo:
sudo apt-key add TeamViewer2017.asc
After running the command, you will be prompted for a password. Enter your PC password and press the “Enter” button to start the download.
Step 2: Add the TeamViewer Repository
Then run the following command to add the official TeamViewer repository from which we will configure TeamViewer.
For the stable version of TeamViewer:
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/teamviewer.list'
For previous version of TeamViewer:
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb preview main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/teamviewer.list'
In this guide, we will add the repository for the stable version of Teamviewer as shown below:
Step 3: Update the system
Now type the following command, assuming root user privileges, to update your system’s index with the web index:
sudo apt update
In case the system needs to be updated, as in our case, we have one package that needs to be updated; enter the following command:
sudo apt upgrade
Step 4: Install TeamViewer
Finally, enter the following apt command to install TeamViewer on your system:
sudo apt install teamviewer
Note. The system will prompt you to select the Y/n option to continue with the setup procedure. Please type “y/Y” and press “Enter” to continue. After that, TeamViewer will be installed on your system.
How to start TeamViewer using terminal
If you want to start TeamViewer via the command line, enter the following command in the terminal:
Next, let’s look at the second way to install TeamViewer on Ubuntu through a GUI installer.
How to install TeamViewer on Ubuntu via a graphical installer
We have everything you need for those who need to install TeamViewer in an easier and more user-friendly way. This section of the article will focus exclusively on the installation process of the user interface.
For this guide, we will download the .deb package and install it via Ubuntu software installation.
First download the official .deb installation package from the link for TeamViewer Linux downloads. By clicking on the link, scroll down the page and click on the link to download Ubuntu, Debian (stable) or TeamViewer pre-release, as shown in the screenshot below:
When using Google Chrome, a “you chose to open” file window will appear after clicking on the download link. Click the “Save File” button, which ensures that the default file is saved in the Downloads folder. After that, click “OK”.
When using Firefox, click on the download link and the process will immediately resume as shown below:
Once the download is complete, open the Downloads folder, where you will see the TeamViewer.deb package.
After that, right-click on the package and select “Open with another application” from the menu.
After that, click “Install Software” and the green highlighted “Select” button.
The following installer window will open:
Click the “Install” button in the above window which will bring up the following authentication dialog so that you can specify the authentication details for the sudo user as only an authorized user can install software on Linux.
After entering the password, click the “Authenticate” button, which will automatically start the installation process.
TeamViewer will be installed on your system and after successful installation you will get the following message:
How to start TeamViewer using the GUI
To launch TeamViewer, click “Actions” on the left side of the desktop, as shown below:
After that, search in the search bar for “TeamViewer”, and this icon will appear. Click on it to open.
TeamViewer will then open in the following view through which you can connect or connect to the remote PC.
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