How to Install Skype on Debian 11

Skype is a popular application specializing in providing video chat and voices call between computers, tablets, and mobile devices. Skype also supports certain gaming consoles such as the Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S consoles, smartwatches, and even Alexa. Another feature that Skype has been a leader in for many years is instant messaging and file sharing. The software is owned by Microsoft, and is free, and does not require a license.

Our guide will show you how to install Skype for the Linux platform Debian 11, Bullseye.


  • Recommended OS: Debian 11 Bullseye
  • User account: A user account with sudo privilages or root access (su command).
  • Required Packages: wget

Updating Operating System

Update your Debian 11 operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Root or Sudo Access

By default, when you create your account at startup with Debian compared to other distributions, it does not automatically receive sudoers status. You must either have access to the root password to use the su command or visit our tutorial on How to Add a User to Sudoers on Debian.

Install Dependencies for Installation

To install Skype on your Debian system, you will need to make sure the following packages are installed. Run the following command to verify or install the packages:

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https curl -y

Install CURL Package

The tutorial will utilize the curl package to download the GPG key; first, verify if the package is present:

curl --version

Example output if installed:

curl 7.74.0 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) libcurl/7.74.0 OpenSSL/1.1.1k zlib/1.2.11 brotli/1.0.9 libidn2/2.3.0 libpsl/0.21.0 (+libidn2/2.3.0) libssh2/1.9.0 nghttp2/1.43.0 librtmp/2.3
Release-Date: 2020-12-09

If you do not have curl installed, use the following command:

sudo apt install curl -y

Import GPG Key and Skype Repository

First, you will need to import the Skype GPG key to verify the authenticity of the installation package:

First, import the GPG key with the following command:

curl -sSL -o skype_gpg_key
gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring ./skype_signing_key_temp.gpg --import ./skype_gpg_key
gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring ./skype_signing_key_temp.gpg --export > ./skype_signing_key.gpg
sudo mv skype_signing_key.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/

Example output if successful:

gpg: keybox './skype_signing_key_temp.gpg' created
gpg: key 1F3045A5DF7587C3: public key "Skype Linux Client Repository <>" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1

Secondly, import the Skype repository with the following command your terminal:

echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

Install Skype

With the source repository sorted, you must refresh your apt package manager sources list to reflect the new addition before the Skype installation. To do this, run the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt update

Now install Skype with the following command:

sudo apt install skypeforlinux -y

Launch Skype

With the installation complete, you can run Skype in a few different ways. First, while you are in your Debian terminal, you can use the following command:


Alternatively, run the skype command in the background to free up the terminal:

skype &

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your Debian desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > Skype. If you cannot find it, use the search function in the Show Applications menu if you have many applications installed.


How to Install Skype on Debian 11

The first time you open Skype, you will see the following window:

How to Install Skype on Debian 11

Congratulations, you have installed Skype for Linux on Debian 11 Bullseye.

Update Skype

To update Skype, this can be done in the same way you would check and update your system using the apt update command:

sudo apt update

If any update is available, you can proceed to update it by using the sudo apt upgrade, which blanket processes all system updates, or you can update skype individually by using the following terminal command:

sudo apt upgrade skypeforlinux

This will upgrade the Skype package without updating anything else.

Uninstall Skype

To remove the Skype software from your Debian system, run the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt autoremove code -y

Then for complete removal, delete the repository and GPG key:

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-*
sudo rm /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/skype_*
sudo apt update

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Skype on Debian 11. Overall, Skype allows you to make both video and voice calls to your personal and business contacts. For users of Rocky Linux being focused more on the enterprise side, Skype can be a useful tool amongst many for conversations amongst teams.


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