Host a GoToMeeting from Linux, now!

Host a GoToMeeting from Linux, now!

Taking a cue from websites like Buzzfeed, I decided to use an eye catching title for this post in order to get your attention.

Disclaimer: Now that I have it, I should come clean and explain this is a work around, as true hosting from Linux is still in the works.

Last year GoToMeeting released their new Web App, a WebRTC based client for attending GoToMeetings that loads directly in Chrome and Firefox. Since it’s release the team have been steadily adding new features in order to bring it in line with the existing desktop software. As I mentioned they are still working on starting/hosting GoToMeetings, but in the meantime if you have a smartphone or tablet you can get around this limitation.

By combining the mobile apps ability to start GoToMeetings and make an attendee the Presenter, and the Web Apps ability to be made Presenter and share your screen.

  • You can start a GoToMeeting on your smartphone, then join from your Linux PC.


  •  Then make your Linux PC the Presenter for the rest of the meeting!


  • Click Ask to Switch and they will see the option to share their desktop or the window of any application window that is currently open.



An experiment in free.

An experiment in free.

GoToMeeting Free is a new service that ha just launched as an experiment by Citrix.  All you need is a computer with the latest version of Google Chrome installed, which means it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.  It’s pretty basic at this time, there is no formal support but you can provide feedback via a feedback form (which I strongly recommend you do).  So why not take it out for a “spin around the block”, it’s free and you might just like it!

Use an IP Webcam with GoToMeeting HDFaces

Use an IP Webcam with GoToMeeting HDFaces

Happy 2013!

Recently a GoToMeeting customer posted in the community asking how they could use their IP Webcam with GoToMeeting HDFaces.  As GoToMeeting only recognizes webcams connected to the computer I was about to reply that it was not possible, that was until I remembered a blog post from last year, made by a good friend of mine. Chris worked out how you could play video through GoToMeetings HDFaces feature using an application called ManyCam (you can read it here).

I had a hunch and decided to read through the ManyCam documentation, and it turns out that one of the sources ManyCam will let you choose is IP Webcams!  So if you have an IP Webcam or video equipment that can broadcast online, you can follow Chris’ guide and select it as the Source in ManyCam and it will display in the HDFaces window!



Please note that this is a work around, it is not supported by Citrix or their Support staff.

Playing Video through GoToMeeting® with HDFaces™

Playing Video through GoToMeeting® with HDFaces™

Update 4/8/13: With the addition of HDFaces to GoToWebinar 100 plans and GoToTraining, you can now use this method to play videos in your webinars and trainings. 

Please note that this is a work around, it is not supported by Citrix or their Support staff.

This excellent guide to streaming video via GoToMeeting with HD Faces comes courtesy of one of our great trainers @ChrisHCitrix  Thanks Chris!


– GoToMeeting account

– ManyCam software (free download:

– Video files (supported formats vary by OS)

Once you have downloaded and installed the ManyCam software on your computer, open ManyCam. The first thing we want to do to ensure that the entire video is played back properly is to click on the Effects tab, and then the Text over video option in the left-side menu. Now uncheck the option Show Logo.

Now, select the Sources tab, and select Movies from the left-side menu and then Open new file(s) under the Recent Files section.

Choose Open file(s) from the drop-down, and then select your video file.

Once you have selected your file, it will automatically start playing – you can stop the video, and disable looping using the controls under the video preview.

Now, open GoToMeeting (use the MeetNow feature for testing) and expand the Webcam section of the GoToMeeting control panel, clicking the Webcams button, and then selecting Preferences.

Ensure that ManyCam Virtual Webcam is selected in the drop-down menu. You will be able to switch your input method directly through ManyCam, to make for easy switching between your webcam and a video file. Once you have made / verified this change, click OK to close the Preferences window. If your video has sound, please follow the steps below: Back in the ManyCam window, you will want to un-mute the video (if there is sound in the video).

Adjust the volume as needed. If your computer has a Stereo Mixer Device built into your sound card, you should be able to play the video and have the audio captured by GoToMeeting. If you do not have this (most common PCs do NOT have a Stereo Mixer), you will have a few options to get the audio from your PC into the audio conference portion of your GoToMeeting session. – If using the GoToMeeting Integrated Audio service (recommended, in Mic & Speakers/VoIP mode, using a standard analog microphone), you can use a 3.5mm stereo patch cable (available at most stores, along with a dual-device adapter) to create a shunt between your headphone and microphone jacks on your PC. One thing to note: this will also play any system sounds from your PC into the meeting session too, so you may want to close Outlook, Instant Messengers, etc.

If using a 3rd party conference bridge (such as HiDef Conferencing™ from Citrix Online), you can use a 2-way telephone patch device, such as the TMP-636S from DynaMetric.

Ch ch ch changes to GoToMeeting recordings.

Ch ch ch changes to GoToMeeting recordings.

My very first post to this blog was about GoToMeeting recordings and how to convert them. In fact that subject alone has probably been the biggest source of interest in my blog and driven the most page views and comments. I’m happy to announce that converting and sharing recordings made with GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar or GoToTraining has become a lot easier, and my previous workarounds are no longer needed.

Here is why:

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Recordings made on a PC still use the GoToMeeting codec, but the resulting files have a new .g2m extension, so you can easily tell that they have not yet been converted. The new Recording Manager makes managing your recordings so much easier. You can now convert you recording whenever you want and choose the format of the resulting file. On Windows you can select .wmv or .mp4 file formats, on Mac it’s .MOV or .mp4. The codec on the Windows recordings is removed during the conversion process so you can share and upload your recording right away.

On the subject of sharing, if you have a GoToWebinar or GoToTraining account, you now have the ability to upload your recordings to your account and share them directly from there. Each account has 3GB of space for recordings.

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The final improvement worth mentioning is that after the conversion process is completed, your original recording is now moved to a new folder, rather than over written. On a Windows PC your recording is moved to a new folder called Original, which is located in your Documents folder. If you are using a Mac, the files are saved in a folder called tempAV which is located in the Recordings folder. Due to the size of these files they are not saved indefinitely, so you might want to make copies to a dedicated storage solution if you want to keep them as back ups.

This means if for any reason you need to run the conversion again you can. Just copy the original recording files back into your Documents or Recordings folders and and launch the Recording Manager again.