TeamViewer is an all-in-one remote desktop application that provides remote access to other users’ PCs and smart devices over the internet. It makes it possible to remotely access another user’s desktop and provide technical support or even stay connected with family and friends. TeamViewer is a multi-platform application and can be installed in virtually every computing environment: from PC and MAC to smartphones running both iOS and Android. Even though it’s proprietary, you can still download a free version that provides basic functionalities.
Without much further ado, let us install TeamViewer on Debian 10.
Step 1: Update the system
An important step before getting started with anything else is to update the system’s package lists. To accomplish this, launch your terminal and run the command below:
$ sudo apt update
You will be prompted to continue, to type ‘Y’ and hit ENTER.
Step 2: Download and install Teamviewer
Teamviewer is a cross-platform application that is available in different formats for download. The official download page gives users the option of downloading Teamviewer for Windows, Linux (either .deb or .rpm file), MAC, Raspberry Pi, and even for smart devices such as iOS & Android.
Since our objective is installing Teamviewer on Debian, we are going to grab the Debian package (.deb). This should also work for Ubuntu and any Debian flavors such as Zorin & Elementary OS.
So, once on the download page, click on the ‘Linux’ option as shown.
Then click on the ‘x86_64bit’ option to download the Teamviewer Debian package.
If you are running on the terminal, you can summarize all that by simply using the wget command to download the Debian package as follows.
$ wget https://download.teamviewer.com/download/linux/teamviewer_amd64.deb
When the download is complete, you should be able to see the package using the ls command.
$ ls -l | grep -i teamviewer
And lastly, to install Teamviewer, use the APT command shown:
$ sudo apt install ./teamviewer_amd64.deb
Once again, you will be prompted to continue, to type ‘Y’ on the keyboard and simply press the ENTER button. The installation takes roughly 5 minutes – as it did in my case – so be a little patient.
Step 3: Launch TeamViewer
Launching Teamviewer is quite a breeze. Use the application manager to search for TeamViewer as follows.
Click on the TeamViewer icon and Accept the license in the pop-up that appears.
The TeamViewer window will come in full view as shown.
From here, you can connect remotely to another user with TeamViewer on their system. All they need to do is to share their Partner ID and password. Similarly, you can share your details with a remote user to connect to your PC.
Step 4: Uninstall Teamviewer
If you wish to remove the TeamViewer application, use the command:
$ sudo apt remove teamviewer
Once again, press ‘Y’ and press ENTER on the keyboard to confirm. And that’s all there is to installing TeamViewer on Debian 10. Hopefully, you can now do it comfortably after following this guide. Your feedback on this tutorial is highly welcome.
James, a passionate technical writer and certified Linux Administrator with over 4 years of experience in working with Linux servers. Over the years, I have expanded my knowledge and writing to other areas such as cloud computing, virtualization, and DevOps.I take great pride in always updating my skills to keep up with the latest trends in technology. I enjoy taking evening jogs, swimming, reading books, and listening to investigative TV Shows.