Install Jitsi 1.0 in Debian, Linux Mint and Ubuntu

Jitsi ZRTP

Jitsi is a multi-protocol, multi-platform voice and video instant messenger client. It is mostly implemented in Java, and is Free/Open Source software licensed under the LGPL.

Where other VoIP services and clients send data in the clear, Jitsi sets itself apart by making use of ZRTP to set up secure communication with SRTP, Secure Real-time Transport Protocol.

Version 1.0 was released on April 3. This article shows how to install it on Debian, Linux Mint, Ubuntu or any other distribution derived from Debian.

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Installation on Debian-based distributions involves downloading and installing Jitsi’s .deb package from here. After you click on the package link, the window shown below should open. (For other platforms, visit the general download page here.)
Download Jitsi .deb Package

Clicking OK on that window opens the package in the graphical package manager. In Ubuntu 12.04 and earlier, the Software Center, Ubuntu’s graphical package manager, should open. Click Install.
Jitsi Ubuntu 12.04 Install

After installation, search for and launch the application from the menu. The main interface is shown below.
Jitsi 1.0

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This image shows the supported protocols. This is why it is called a multi-protocol IM client. You can now do all your voice and video chatting from one simple application.
Jitsi Protocol Support

And this one, Jitsi’s security options configuration window. Encrypted communication from your Linux desktop.
Jitsi ZRTP

Some users had problems with the last stable release. Those issues should have been fixed in this latest stable version.

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13 Responses

  1. I tried installing this on both Ubuntu 12 & Mint 13 (Cinnamon desktops) and it freezes the desktop in both o.s.

          1. I am User so I did only try to install rpm, the warning say „java >=1:1.5.0, needed for jitsi“, no repository has it”.
            So the jitsi & repository have this thing called java not if I understand it right.

          2. The installer is just telling you that you need a version of Java greater than or equal to version 1.5.0. (Java 1.5.0 or better).

            Use opensuse’s graphical package manager to find out what version of Java is available for installation in the repository. The repository is just like an App Store or Android market.

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