How to install Skype on Debian Linux 9

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I am a new Debian Linux 9 user. How do I install Skype on Debian Linux 9 using the apt-get command?

Skype is an application that use the Internet to make telephone/video calls using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Skype is not open source software. Hence, Skype is not bundled with Debian Linux and other Linux distros. This page shows how to install how to install Skype on Debian Linux 9.

How to install Skype on Debian 9

Installing Skype app on Debian 9 as follows:

  1. Open the terminal application on Debian 9
  2. Use wget to download Skype app DEB file: wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
  3. Install Skype on Debian Linux, run: sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb
  4. Start using Skype on Debian Linux 9

Let us see all commands and examples in details.

WARNING! Skype is a proprietary VoIP app that uses a proprietary protocol. Using proprietary phone software means that we can’t be sure who is listening in, because we can’t see the code. The author is not responsible for data and privacy loss. Use Skype on your own risk.

Debian Linux install Skype

Grab the latest Skype .deb package using the following wget command:
$ wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb

Download Skype DEB file using wget on Debian 9
Downloading Skype .DEB file using wget

Install Skype app on Debian

Next, install the Skype app using the following apt command/apt-get command:
sudo apt-get install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb

How to install Skype on Debian 9 using apt-get
Install Skype using apt-get

Getting updates for Skype app

Your version of Skype updated using a repo file named /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list. To see the same run the following cat command:
cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list
Sample outputs:

deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main

How do I update Skype on Debian 9?

To simply upgrade Skype app, run the following apt command:
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

How do I start using Skype app on Debian 9?

Now we have Skype installed on our Debian Linux 9 desktop system. Therefore, we can start using it from the command line by typing:
skypeforlinux
The following screen must appear on your desktop and you can log in using your Microsoft/Skype ID:

Start Skype on Debian 9 desktop
Starting Skype on Debian 9

In addition, you can start Skype from GUI. In other words, click on the Skype icon in Gnome/KDE/XFCE desktop.

Conclusion

This page explained how to install Skype on Debian Linux 9 desktop using the apt-get command. For more information see the official Skype webpage here. In conclusion, Skype is not open source software, but many Linux desktop user might need to use it for business or personal reasons. For example, making video calls for your business meetings using Skype to save money and time without using Windows desktop.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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