How to Get Microsoft Teams on Linux

Get Microsoft's messaging service on your Linux box

Microsoft Teams is the latest and greatest Microsoft application focused on text chat, audio calls, and video conferencing. It's a free part of the Microsoft Office family. Microsoft offers a native version of Microsoft Teams for Linux. Here's how to get it.

These instructions will work for the most recent versions of Ubuntu 19.10 and Fedora 31.

Install Microsoft Teams on Fedora, Ubuntu, and Their Derivatives

You'll have the easiest time installing Teams if you're running either Fedora or Ubuntu themselves, or another Linux distribution based on them. These are the best-supported options out there, and as such you'll be able to install Teams using their native formats.

First, download the package from Microsoft's web site. When you visit it using Linux OS, you'll see the options to download the app in .RPM (Red Hat/Fedora format) or .DEB (Debian/Ubuntu format).

Microsoft's Teams Download page

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.

Once you've downloaded the file, you can install it in either of the two usual ways: either using a file manager, or from the command line.

Install Microsoft Teams Using a GUI Package Manager

Installing Teams Using a GUI package manager is one of the easiest ways 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.