How to get Cisco Webex on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Why do I need Cisco WebEx on Ubuntu?

If you’re like me, you are reading this article as you need Cisco WebEx for work. You want to use Ubuntu, maybe to simplify your user experience and to change your personal working style and workflows. So before installing Ubuntu, I confirmed on the Cisco website that it could run WebEx. I also did some initial research and followed the advice on the Ubuntu forums. The other factor I needed to check was any known limitations of using WebEx on Ubuntu.

How to get Cisco Webex on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

So here are some details on the process for me.

Prerequisites:

  • I’m using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Operating system – Long term service edition, this should work on Ubuntu 12.XX and above
  • Mozilla Firefox internet browser

Steps to get Cisco Webex on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Step 1 – Install Oracle Java

Install Oracle Java to solve this issue

Step 2 – Open the Terminal Application

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open a terminal window. When it opens, copy and paste the command below and hit enter. Input your user password when prompts and it will add the PPA (Personal Package Archives) repository into your system.

Step 3 – Install some initial Ubuntu package updates

Type into the Terminal application
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
After that, update package lists. Type:
sudo apt-get update

Step 4 – Install Oracle Java 8

We’re now going to install Oracle Java 8. You do this by typing:
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
Tip: You can change the number 8 to 6 (or 7) in the code to install Java 6 (or 7). While this is installing Oracle Java 8 on your computer, you’ll be asked to agree the license and then the installer start downloading Java file from Oracle website and install it on your system. We want to now set the default Oracle Java 8 as default, type:
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default

Step 5 – You’ll have Oracle Java 8 installed now

You’ll have Oracle Java 8 installed now. You can now load up Cisco WebEx. We’re going to open up Mozilla Firefox internet browser to run this.

Step 6 – Open up Mozilla Firefox internet browser and open Cisco WebEx

Let’s go to test the Cisco WebEx using WebEx’s testing feature at https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

Step 7 – Open Cisco WebEx on Java

Step 8 – Cisco WebEx should now run for you

Key Cisco WebEx on Ubuntu considerations

Cisco WebEx on Linux cannot be a host. So you’ll need to also dial in with your Android phone or iOS phone to start your meeting. This is what I use to kick start my meetings.
Operating System and Browser Support (WBS30)
Windows
Mac OS X1
Linux2
Operating Systems
Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 8 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 8.1 32-bit/64-bit, Windows Server 2008 64-bit, Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit, Windows 10
10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
Ubuntu 12.x and 14.x (Gnome), Red Hat 5, 6, Open SuSE 13.1, 13.2,Fedora 19, 20 (all 32-bit)
Available WebEx Services
All services
Meeting Center, Training Center, Event Center, Support Center
Meeting Center Event Center Training Center Remote Support
Known Issues and Limitations for Meeting Center (WBS30)
  • Linux systems, BlackBerry 10 devices, and Windows 8 phones—You cannot start or host a meeting in your Personal Room using Linux systems, a BlackBerry 10 device, or a Windows Phone 8 device.
  • Personal Room lobby—Users of the following devices or systems cannot wait in the lobby while a Personal Room is locked: Linux systems, TelePresence devices, Windows Phone 8 device, and BlackBerry 10 devices. In addition users who join only the audio portion of the meeting cannot wait in the lobby while a Personal Room is locked. These users will receive a message that the room is locked, and will not be able to join until the room is unlocked.
  • Linux is not supported for Personal Rooms.
  • I found it working on the latest Mozilla Firefox but not Google Chrome.
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