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:
- Open the terminal application on Debian 9
- Use wget to download Skype app DEB file: wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
- Install Skype on Debian Linux, run: sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb
- Start using Skype on Debian Linux 9
Let us see all commands and examples in details.
Debian Linux install Skype
Grab the latest Skype .deb package using the following wget command:
$ wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
Install Skype app on Debian
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:
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:
The following screen must appear on your desktop and you can log in using your Microsoft/Skype ID:
In addition, you can start Skype from GUI. In other words, click on the Skype icon in Gnome/KDE/XFCE desktop.
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.