Jack Wallen shows you how easy it is to deploy a user-friendly video and voice conferencing server to your LAN with Jitisi Meet.

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Jitsi is an open-source, free conferencing server that can handle chat, video and VOIP conferencing. It’s a great alternative to the likes of Skype and Zoom. You can quickly deploy Jitsi and use it as an in-house solution or even open it up to the public.

I want to show you how easy it is to deploy Jitsi on Ubuntu 22.04. You can deploy this with either a fully qualified domain name or using a server with just an IP address. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll demonstrate using an IP address, which is a great option for an internal solution.

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What you’ll need

The only things you’ll need to make this work are a server running Ubuntu Server 22.04 with a minimum of 4GB of RAM and a user with sudo privileges. That’s it: Let’s get to work.

How to install the dependencies

The first thing we must do is install a few simple dependencies. Log in to your Ubuntu instance and issue the following two commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wget curl gnupg2 apt-transport-https -y

Once those commands are finished, you can move on to install Jitsi.

How to install Jitsi Meet

Since you won’t find Jitsi in the standard repositories, we must add the repo to apt. First, download and add the official Jitsi GPG key with the following commands:

curl https://download.jitsi.org/jitsi-key.gpg.key -o jitsi-key.gpg.key
sudo gpg --output /usr/share/keyrings/jitsi-key.gpg --dearmor jitsi-key.gpg.key

Next, add the repository with:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jitsi-stable.list

In that file, paste the following:

deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/jitsi-key.gpg] https://download.jitsi.org stable/

Update apt and install Jitis Meet with:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jitsi-meet -y

During the installation, you’ll be prompted to type the hostname for the machine (Figure A).

Figure A

Configuring a hostname for Jitsi Meet.

You will then be asked to either generate a self-signed certificate or upload your own (Figure B).

Figure B

Select your SSL certificate option for Jitsi Meet.

Finally, you will be prompted to restart the necessary services (Figure C).

Figure C

Select both services and tab down to OK to restart them.

And that’s it for the interactive portion of the installation. The installation should complete without errors and start the service.

How to access Jitsi Meet

Open a web browser and point it to https://SERVER, where SERVER is either the IP address or domain of the server. You will be greeted by the Jitsi Meet main window, where you can start a new meeting (Figure D).

Figure D

The Jitsi Meet main window is ready to be used.

As soon as you create the new meeting, Jitsi will ask permission to use whatever camera and mic you have.

Congratulations, you now have a meeting and conferencing server up and running on your LAN. Anyone should be able to use and access this service for simple and internal communications.

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