I attend several recurring Zoom meetings every day and would like to streamline the process of joining them.

Is there a way to launch a Zoom meeting (with password) from the command line in Windows?

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    as the password is in the join link, you could use a powershell script to open a new browser window, retain the process ID, open the zoom link in it and then close the process of the opened window...just an idea - didn't test it as I am off shift now on my Mac now. – Zina Jun 23 '20 at 17:50
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    or see here a python script idea – Zina Jun 23 '20 at 17:52

Piece of cake! Use a windows shortcut instead! It's easier and cleaner.

You can use this same method on Linux (or mac) but you will need to put it into a script or alias it instead.

I figured this out myself when I went down the same path.

  1. Create a shortcut to your zoom exe. It should be in %APPDATA%\Zoom\bin\Zoom.exe
  2. Open the shortcut properties and edit the "Target" field.
  3. Go down after the EXE and add (with the quotes) "--url=zoommtg://zoom.us/join?action=join&confno=<your_conference_number>"

If you have a password, it is hashed so you will need to launch the meeting once in the browser and copy it out. Once you have your hashed password, add &pwd=<hashed_password> after your conference number (with no spaces).

Some other handy things to know

  • I myself add .LNK to my PATHEXT environment variable. This allows me to launch a shortcut without clicking on it. Possible vulnerability but I am willing to risk it.
  • After adding that, I can put shortcuts in my path and launch them using only the name via the run dialog or console.

An example

  • I put a shortcut for my standup meeting in my path.
  • [Win]+r (pulls up the run dialog)
  • I type 'standup' and hit [ENTER] to open my standup meeting.
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    Thank you so much for this. – Jon Crowell Jun 24 '20 at 20:45
  • This is great but on Ubuntu it doesn't work when Zoom is already running. In that case the command does nothing. Is there a fix for that? – tmalsburg Oct 7 '20 at 9:18
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    Answering my own question, the solution was to use /bin/xdg-open zoommtg://zoom.us/join?action=join&confno=MEETING_ID. – tmalsburg Oct 7 '20 at 9:30
  • Where are you getting the syntax and the command line options from? – Christoph Dec 4 '20 at 11:21
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    @Christoph .. to be honest, I can't remember where I got the first "bread crumb" that got me started. I do remember wasting half a day in a debugger figuring this out.. sorry I can't give you more. – Señor CMasMas Dec 10 '20 at 18:00

If you're on a Mac you can join a zoom meeting from the command line like so (e.g. for conference ID 1234):

open "zoommtg://zoom.us/join?confno=1234"

To make it handier you can add a shell function to your .bashrc or .zshrc:

function  zoom () { open "zoommtg://zoom.us/join?confno=$1" }

Then you can just join a call using:

zoom 1234

I like your answer @Señor CMasMas, but instead of a shortcut I'm using a scheduled task to start zoom.exe and using the --url as the arguments, as many of my meetings are recurring. So I want them to automatically pop them up for me, as time is always slipping by when I'm not paying attention.

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    Wow! What a great idea! It wouldn't work for me as I dodge as many meetings as possible. I wouldn't want my 2:00pm PoC meeting popping up over pointless youtube cat videos. :^P – Señor CMasMas Jul 22 '20 at 4:05

Go down after the EXE and add (with the quotes) "--url=zoommtg://zoom.us/join?action=join&confno=<your_conference_number>"

This isn't work any more. The correct is:


So "--url=" must be outside the quotes!


For Mac Users:

Zoom may have changed something since these answers were posted. I was unable to get any of the formats for opening a password-locked room open on osX -- hashed, unhashed, using the --url scheme -- zoom would open but not go to the room.

The answer for me was to open the fully password hashed url in Chrome from the command line:

open -a "Google Chrome" https://zoom.us/j/[ROOM NUMBER]?pwd=[HASHED PASSWORD]

If you are Windows User you can write

start "url"

In the place of url you can put your zoom link and join it easily

For Mac-OS

open "url"

For Linux

xdg-open "url"

this is the easy and quick way But remember to that it will open the browser and browser will pop up and msg saying "Lunch Meeting In Zoom App" which leads to the opening of zoom app. So if you tick always open with app . You are ready to go.

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