Comparing the functionality of Zoom Events types

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Hosts can choose their Zoom Events event type based on the interaction, size and scale, amount of sessions, and event experience they want for their participants. Hosts can choose from 2 different event types: Event or Conference.

Additionally, Zoom Events uses the functionality of Zoom Meetings and Webinars for sessions by adding dedicated event hubs, customizable registration and ticketing options, and attendee networking for free or paid event types.

This article covers:

Prerequisites for event types for Zoom Events

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.7.6 or higher
    • macOS: 5.7.6 or higher
  • Zoom mobile client
    • iOS: 5.7.6 or higher
    • Android: 5.7.6 or higher
  • Pro, Business, Enterprise, or Education account
  • Stripe or PayPal Business account is required to create paid events
  • Zoom Events license
  • Zoom meeting license and/or Zoom webinar license


  • There is a dependency with Windows' Webview package for Windows platform; while version 5.7.6 does support Zoom Events, it may cause a blank lobby experience for hosts.
  • For access to the latest Zoom Events and Webinar features, we strongly recommend hosts to update to the latest version of the Zoom desktop client/mobile application.

Event types for Zoom Events

Selecting your event type should be based on your event’s size and scale and how many sessions you are planning to have.


Use Meetings or Webinars to run a single-day event that contains a single-session Meeting or Webinar. Event Hosts can have the ability to convert meetings/webinars to an event. Additionally, Event Attendees can participate in Q&A sessions, join the event 15 minutes before it starts, and receive HD videos.

Use cases for the event format include but aren’t limited to:

  • All-Hands Meeting
  • Townhall Style Meeting
  • Networking events
  • ERG events


Use meetings and webinars to run a multi-day event that contains multiple tracks and multiple sessions. You can also run streaming previews of each session, as well as concurrent sessions, with dedicated chats. Attendees will also have access to an enhanced lobby, sponsor networking, and booths.

Use cases for the conference format include but are not limited to:

  • Convention-center style events
  • Trade shows
  • Large conferences
  • Global trainings

Event type comparison

The following table provides a comparison of the Zoom Events event types.

Features Event/Event Series Conference
Event Hub
Free or *Paid tickets
Single Meeting or Webinar
Enable Q&A
Event Lobby  
Multiple sessions  
Concurrent sessions  
Multi-day events  
Sponsors feature  
Live streaming to Lobby  
Enable HD video for Attendees
Duplicate event
Custom Registration questions  

*Paid events are only available in certain regions.

How to choose a Meeting or Webinar for a session

For more information, please visit this guide about Zoom meetings vs. webinars.

How to edit an event

For more information, please visit this article about editing Zoom Events.

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