Installing Roam on Linux

Different Linux distributions use different package formats. Currently, we package Roam as a .deb and a .rpm.

Note that due to the wide variety of Linux distributions, we cannot guarantee that the Roam app will work on any particular distribution, but we attempt to support Debian and Red Hat-based distributions.

Installing the .deb (for Debian-based distributions)

This should work on Debian, Ubuntu, and derivatives such as Linux Mint.

First, download this file: Roam.deb

On Ubuntu, when the file is finished downloading, double-click it. You should see Ubuntu Software open and show a bit of information about Roam. Click "Install," enter your password when prompted, and wait for it to finish.

On non-Ubuntu distributions like Debian, double-clicking the file may work similarly, or you may need to install Roam manually using the command line. To do this, navigate to the folder where you downloaded Roam.deb, right-click on the folder, and select "Open in Terminal." In the terminal that opens, run sudo dpkg -i Roam.deb and enter your password when prompted. If you downloaded the file under a different name (e.g. Roam (1).deb), substitute that name (in quotes) instead of Roam.deb; e.g. sudo dpkg -i 'Roam (1).deb'.

If Roam installs successfully, you're done! You should now see it in the list of installed applications. For example, on Ubuntu, you can click Activities in the upper left and then search for "Roam".

You should receive updates to Roam when you install system updates. To ensure that you receive updates properly, check your system update settings and make sure they are set to check for updates regularly.

Installing the .rpm (for Red Hat-based distributions)

Note: The RPM installation instructions are more difficult and require use of the command line. There is no way around this.

Run the following two commands at the command line (you'll be prompted to enter your password):

	printf '[roam]\nname=Roam\nbaseurl=https://download.wonder.inc/Roam/8a86d88cfc9da3551063102e9a4e2a83/linux/redhat\nenable=1\ngpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=https://download.wonder.inc/public.key\n' | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/roam.repo >/dev/null
	sudo dnf install -y roam
	

If you don't see any error messages, you're done! You should now see Roam in the list of installed applications.

Note: If for some reason you need to download the actual .rpm file instead of using dnf, you can find it here: Roam.rpm

FAQ

Q: Why am I not getting updates to Roam?

First, check your system update settings and make sure they're set to regularly fetch updates.

If they're set up properly, and you installed the .deb, you may need to reinstall Roam. Check your Internet connection and follow the instructions to update Roam without updating the rest of the OS (the FAQ entry below this one).

If you installed the .rpm, try repeating the installation instructions.

Q: I how do I update Roam without getting updates to the rest of my operating system?

If you installed the .deb, open Terminal, type sudo apt uninstall roam, and enter your password when prompted. Then repeat the installation instructions. Make sure to redownload the .deb instead of using the old file you previously downloaded.

If you installed the .rpm, open Terminal, type sudo dnf uninstall roam && sudo dnf install roam, and enter your password when prompted.

Q: Why doesn't screensharing work?

If you're running Wayland, screensharing is currently not supported. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that there's a clear route for us to fix this, so we recommend switching back to Xorg.