How to enable Smart Virtual Backgrounds for Linux in Zoom App

In Linux plugins, the Smart Virtual Background (VB) feature can be forced to be enabled by account owners and admins. In addition to face recognition functionality, Smart VB has the ability to create an image mask that can be applied for creating a background image behind a participant.

How to enable Smart Virtual Backgrounds

The Smart VB feature can be forced using overrides even if the VDI client being used isn’t on the list of allowed clients; therefore, the overrides allow you to force the feature to register. This method may not work in all cases. In order to enable overrides, you must edit the ZoomMedia.ini file, and it is recommended you only use this feature for testing.

Depending on your operating system, you will need to locate the ZoomMedia.ini file. If you would like to locate ZoomMedia.ini for your installation, please refer to the following section, Configuration File Locations.

Edit the ZoomMedia.ini file

In order for Smart Virtual Backgrounds to work you must edit the ZoomMedia.ini file and save the following changes:

  1. You need to open the ZoomMedia.ini file.
  2. Navigate to the section marked [FEATURE].
  3. Scroll down to SMARTVB and click on it.
  4. It will automatically set to SMARTVB=0 by default.
  5. To change this setting, you should change it to SMARTVB=1.
  6. After you have done this, you should save the file and restart the program.

Configuration file locations for VDI Release Version 5.8.0 and higher

There has been a change to the location where ZoomMedia.ini file is found in version 5.8.0. For users that have edited the ZoomMedia.ini file previously, this page provides information on the new locations of ZoomMedia.ini for the various platforms and their paths.

In order to find out more about the path to ZoomMedia.ini, if you are using a version older than 5.8.0, please check this article for more information about configuring the Zoom VDI Linux plugin with ZoomMedia.ini.

New file locations


Citrix/VMware/AVD plugin: /etc/zoomvdi/ZoomMedia.ini


Citrix/VMware plugin: /etc/zoomvdi/ZoomMedia.ini


Citrix/VMware/AVD plugin: /etc/zoomvdi/ZoomMedia.ini


Citrix/VMware/AVD plugin: /etc/zoomvdi/ZoomMedia.ini


Citrix/VMware plugin: /setup/elux/.config/ZoomMedia.ini

Additional requirements for Smart Virtual Backgrounds

In order to find out more about the skills and requirements for using Smart Virtual Backgrounds for Linux, please visit the support article.