What is the difference between a Zoom Meeting and Zoom Webinar?


Sometimes, you need to have a meeting. Sometimes a webinar is best. To decide which is best for your event, you'll need to know the differences between them.

  • A Zoom Meeting is best for more interactive sessions where you’ll want to have lots of audience participation. In a zoom meeting, everyone is able to speak and participate. In a Zoom Meeting you can also create breakout rooms. Breakout room can't be created in a Zoom Webinar.
  • A Zoom Webinar is more like a lecture or auditorium. Only Hosts, Co-Hosts, and Panelists can activate their camera and speak.

Feature comparison:

Feature Meeting Webinar
Participant roles
  • Host and co-host
  • Participant
  • Host and co-host
  • Panelist
  • Attendee
Audio sharing
  • All participants can mute/unmute their own audio
  • Host can mute/request to unmute participants
  • The Host can set all participants to mute upon entry
  • Only the Host and panelists can mute/unmute their own audio
  • The Host can unmute one or more attendees
Video sharing All participants Hosts and panelists
Participants list Available to all participants Available to host and panelist only
Chat Available to all. All Participants can chat with each other Available. Whether attendees can chat with just the host and panellists, or with everyone, depends on settings.
Meeting reactions Yes No
Nonverbal feedback Yes Only raise hand
Q&A N/A  Yes
File transfer Yes No
Whiteboard Yes Yes
Annotation Yes Yes
Polling Yes Yes


For more detailed comparison, see the Zoom website.

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