Meeting vs. Webinar Comparison

With you can host both meetings and webinars.

Checkout the difference and host the one that suits your need.

Meeting Webinar
Description Zoom meetings are ideal for hosting more interactive sessions where you’ll want to have lots of audience participation or break your session into smaller groups. Think of webinars like a virtual lecture hall or auditorium. Webinars are ideal for large audiences or events that are open to the public. Typically, webinar attendees do not interact with one another. Though Zoom provides options for you to get more social with your attendees, your average webinar has one or a few people speaking to an audience.
Best used for Small to large groups (2+ participants) for:
  • Customer-facing meetings
  • Sales meetings
  • Training sessions
Large events and public broadcasts (50+ attendees) such as:
  • Town halls
  • Quarterly updates
  • Educational lectures
Typically used by
  • General employees
  • Training groups
  • Event hosts
  • SVPs and C-Suite
Cost Free and Paid subscription options available. Paid Add-on, available to Pro or higher subscriptions.

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
  • Attendees join in listen-only mode*
  • The Host can unmute one or more attendees
Capacity Up to 100 with free license, up to 1,000 depending on plan and large meeting add-on. Up to 100-10,000 participants, depending on the license.
Livestream Facebook, YouTube, Workplace by Facebook, Custom Streaming Service Facebook, YouTube, Workplace by Facebook, Custom Streaming Service
Video sharing All participants Hosts and panelists
Screen sharing
Participants list Visible to all participants Visible to host and panelist
Email reminders N/A If registration is enabled
Chat In-meeting Chat Webinar chat
Meeting reactions N/A
Nonverbal feedback Only raise hand
File transfer N/A
Polling Polling for meetings Polling for webinars
Registration Registration for meetings Registration for webinars
Closed captioning
Breakout rooms N/A
Practice session N/A
Waiting room N/A
Paypal integration N/A
Require password to join
International dial-in numbers