Ubuntu Linux download and install Skype Software

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Q. How do I install skype software under Ubuntu / Debian Linux?


A. Skype is proprietary software that allows you to make calls over the Internet using your computer. Skype uses decentralized peer-to-peer technologies, so your calls do not go through a central server, but through distributed servers and other users. It uses its own proprietary communication protocol to achieve this. In addition, all communications are encrypted from end to end so that others cannot listen in. The Skype software is free to use, but it is not free software; the source code is proprietary and not available for modification.

How do I install skype software Repository?

Click on System > Administration > Software Sources
Ubuntu Linux download and install Skype Software

Click on Third Party Software Tab
Ubuntu Linux download and install Skype Software

Click on Add button to add skype Repository:
Type the following APT line:

deb http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ stable non-free

Ubuntu Linux download and install skype
Click on Add Source button > Click on Close > Reload button

How do I install skype software?

Open terminal and type the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install skype
Type y when you see following message:

Install these packages without verification [y/N]? y

You can now access skype from Application > Internet menu.

Adding Skype for Linux Repositories From Command Prompt

If you don’t want to use above GUI method for Linux repositories, login as the root user. Add this line to the end of your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ stable non-free

Then run apt-get update to sync to the latest repository and install the latest version of Skype on your computer:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install skype


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.

38 comment

  1. Thanks for the perfect description. Got it up and running without any trouble.
    Perfectly made also for noobs.
    Done on
    Ubuntu 7.10 – the Gutsy Gibbon

  2. Also for noobs, yes! I can confirm that!
    I just got into Ubuntu yesterday and this explaination might be the most simple i’ve been given to do anything with it.
    Thank you.

  3. That’s most accurate description I’ve ever found about installing programs using Ubuntu. Thank you very much!

  4. not working

    showing errors :(

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    skype: Depends: libqt4-core (>= 4.2.1) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: libqt4-gui (>= 4.2.1) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages

  5. I just double clicked on the following link to download 64-bit skype for ubuntu

  6. Great! the character $ was unnecessary, it was there!
    But there is a warning of non-authentication possible when installing… Should we be so reliable? I’m a new user. Ubuntu looks great. Thank you.

  7. Here again. I got a problem report in Skype about playback. Only, because headset works properly with sound files, both micro and headphones. If someone would suggest a solution, thank you, or if I find one, I’ll write back here.

  8. Here is a SOLUTION to playback error on Skype 2 for Ubuntu. It worked on Ubuntu 9:

    Open Skype and go to (botttom left icon) Options/Sound device. Change all three items to your computer motherboard (in my case “HDA Intel” hw:Intel,0)”

    Apply, close and go back to check the sound test. Now you will hear a sound and Skype will work to talk.

  9. Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package skype is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package skype has no installation candidate
    pls tell me wat can i do

    1. Hey!
      I have the same problem with skype on linux as you had. But I see you faced this problem a long time ago. Have you ever found a way of fixing it?

      1. This problem can occour when you have a type error in the package name, make sure it’s the correct one!

  10. Hi there
    I can’t beleive how difficult linux/ubuntu is – I am close to giving up and paying for windows installation – am determined to persevere but it really feels like there are absolutely no advantages. I’ve tried installing skype the conventional way from their website but each time it fails. So now I’m following your instructions which are the most comprehesive instructions for anything to do with ubuntu I’ve found so far…..tell me I’m wrong and that it’s not that bad – are there any other reasons to stick with it other than it being free?
    I got as far as when you said “open the terminal”
    what do you mean by terminal?

    I’m not a complete computer dummy – honest! I’m normally quite good at working things out but this feels like I’m learning to walk all over again :¬)

  11. spot on done and running in less than three minutes on my eeepc 1000 with u 9.04
    [u9.1 is a bit iffy and now looking for smallest opsys … ]

  12. The direct download from skype website fails to install. This however works fine.. I wonder y..

    @ therealmarion: hope u found Terminal.. I understand what ur going through.. I have dual boot, cuz I need Windows to play games and Linux to do my programming..

  13. Thanks!
    I thought it was very complicated but you explained very well. It’s working perfectly.

  14. I have the “no installation candidate” message for Skype as vipin. Why hasn’t someone responded with help? This is the reason the general populace thinks Skype has AIDS, because of the stupid support situation where everyone has to ask questions time and again

  15. I’m trying to download Skype to my mothers Dell Web book operating Linux Ubuntu. I tried to just download both 32 and 64 bit versions but neither would work.
    I tried to follow these instructions but when i ‘reload’ it says it hasn’t fetched the Skype link. Oddly it says the same about the Google Chrome source but I’m using Google chrome right now with NO problems so I dont know what to think.

    My mum wants Skype to talk to my brother who recently moved from the UK to Madrid so it’s quite important get it to work

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