How to Get Microsoft Teams on Linux

Get Microsoft's messaging service on your Linux box

What to Know

  • At Microsoft's website, download the Teams app in .RPM or .DEB fomat.
  • Double-click the package file and choose Install or use the standard terminal commands to install Teams.
  • Log in to your group and select your preferences in the General, Privacy, Notifications, Devices, Permissions, and Calls sections.

This article explains how to install Microsoft Teams on Linux using either the package file or the standard terminal commands. This information applies to the most recent versions of Ubuntu 19.10 and Fedora 31.

Install Microsoft Teams on Fedora, Ubuntu, and Their Derivatives

Microsoft Teams focuses on text chat, audio calls, and videoconferencing. It's a free part of the Microsoft Office family. Microsoft offers a version of Teams for Linux for either Fedora or Ubuntu themselves,or another Linux distribution based on them.

Download the package from Microsoft's website. The options are to download the app in .RPM (Red Hat/Fedora format) or .DEB (Debian/Ubuntu format).

These are the only formats Microsoft currently offers. If you use a distribution other than these two, you may need to find your own instructions to install one of the above packages, e.g. through your distro's wiki.

Install Microsoft Teams Using a GUI Package Manager

Installing Teams using a GUI package manager is the easiest way to get started.

  1. Depending on your desktop, you should be able to click (or double-click) the package file.

    A Teams .RPM Package in the Fedora Files App
  2. The software manager for your distribution and desktop launches and shows you the details of the Teams package. In the example below (Fedora), click Install to go ahead with the installation.

    The Fedora Software App Showing Details of the Teams Package
  3. When the installer finishes, Teams will be ready to use.

Installing Microsoft Teams From the Command Line

If you're a command-line type of person, use the standard terminal commands to install Teams as well.

Installing Teams from the Fedora Command Line

On Ubuntu, install the .DEB package with the following command (where "N.N.NN" is the version number of the package you downloaded):

sudo dpkg -i teams-N.N.NN_amd64.deb

On Fedora, install the .RPM file with this from the terminal:

sudo yum install teams-N.N.NN.x86_64.rpm

Again, after the install procedure completes, Teams becomes available from your desktop's application menu.

How to Set up Microsoft Teams on Linux

The most basic part of configuring Teams is logging in, to connect with the right group of people.

The Teams Settings Screen

However, there are a few other settings you can change to adjust Teams to your liking. Click your avatar in the upper-right corner, then click Settings to open a dialog with the following options:

  • General: High-level options like theme, start-up behavior, and language.
  • Privacy: Allowing surveys or contact from certain people even in Do Not Disturb mode.
  • Notifications: Enable or disable the notifications Teams shows you to taste.
  • Devices: Configure and test devices such as your speakers, microphone, and camera.
  • Permissions: You can also explicitly enable or (more importantly) disable access by Teams to certain hardware or OS services (such as Location).
  • Calls: Set options such as voicemail and call forwarding on this screen.

Teams works in exactly the same way regardless of your operating system.

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