How to Install Skype on Linux Mint 20

Skype is a proprietary telecommunications application software that is owned and developed by Microsoft. Skype is one of the most known and recognized software for video, audio, and text communication app available across multiple platforms. For the most part, free to download and use, Skype is an excellent tool for keeping in touch with friends or working remotely with colleagues.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Skype on Linux Mint 20.xx.

Prerequisites

Update Operating System

Update your Linux Mint operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

The tutorial will be using the sudo command and assuming you have sudo status.

To verify sudo status on your account:

sudo whoami

Example output showing sudo status:

[joshua@linuxmint ~]$ sudo whoami
root

To set up an existing or new sudo account, visit our tutorial on Adding a User to Sudoers on Linux Mint.

To use the root account, use the following command with the root password to log in.

su

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Method 1. Install Skype with APT

The first step in installing Skype on your desktop is to import the repository from Skype.

First, import the GPG key with the following command:

curl -sSL https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY -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 <se-um@microsoft.com>" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1

If the above command does not work correctly, you will likely not have the curl package installed.

To install curl, use the following command.

sudo apt install curl -y

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

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

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

Once the installation is complete, you can verify the installation using the apt-cache policy command.

apt-cache policy skypeforlinux

Example output:

How to Install Skype on Linux Mint 20

Updates for Skype will be handled by the standard apt update and upgrade commands.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

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

sudo apt autoremove skypeforlinux -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

Method 2. Install Skype with Snapcraft

The second option is to use the Snap package manager. Linux Mint users may be familiar with Snap as it is created and maintained by Ubuntu; however, it does not come natively installed on your system. However, this can be installed relatively quickly.

First, remove the no-snap policy Linux Mint set to distinguish itself from Ubuntu.

sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref

To install Snap, use the following command:

sudo apt install snapd -y

Next, you need to install the “snap core files” for everything to work correctly. Failure to do this may result in issues down the track.

sudo snap install core

Example output:

2021-11-13T14:42:28+08:00 INFO Waiting for automatic snapd restart...
core 16-2.52.1 from Canonical✓ installed

Once the core files have been installed successfully, restart your snap service.

sudo systemctl restart snapd

Next, enter the following snap command to install the Skype client:

sudo snap install skype

Example output:

skype 8.78.0.161 from Skype✓ installed

YOU MUST RESTART YOUR SESSION IF THE ICON IS MISSING! 

To view the application Icon, you can log in and out of your session or use the following terminal command.

sudo reboot

Ignore the above if the Skype icon is present. Sometimes this bug can occur when installing new packages.

Snap packages are more significant in size than traditional repositories through the APT package manager for several reasons. However, the trade-off is more straightforward maintained packages that are often updated to the latest available version.

For the future, to update along with and any other packages installed by Snap, run the following command:

sudo snap refresh

If you no longer need to have Skype installed, remove it using the Snap remove command.

sudo snap remove skype

Example output:

skype removed

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Method 3. Install Skype with Flatpak

The third option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Linux Mint does not need to install Flatpak as it comes natively installed by default on your system. This is another popular option similar to Snap.

First, you need to enable Flatpack for Linux Mint using the following command in your terminal:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Suppose the above command does not work due to not having Flatpak. Re-install the package manager using the following command in your terminal.

sudo apt install flatpak -y

Now install Skype using the following flatpak command:

flatpak install flathub com.skype.Client

Example output:

How to Install Skype on Linux Mint 20

Type “Y,” then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the installation.

YOU MUST RESTART YOUR SESSION IF THE ICON IS MISSING!

To view the application Icon, you can log in and out of your session or use the following terminal command.

sudo reboot

Ignore the above if the Skype icon is present. Sometimes this bug can occur when installing new packages.

Updates are handled by Flatpack automatically every time you log into your system. For users that want to check manually for updates, use the following command.

flatpak update

However, if you need to remove the Flatpack version of Skype, run the following command:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.skype.Client

Example output:

How to Install Skype on Linux Mint 20

Type “Y,” then press the “ENTER KEY” to remove using Flatpack.

How to Launch Skype Client

Now that you have the Skype client installed, launching can be done in two ways.

In your terminal type:

skypeforlinux

If you would like to launch Skype and use the terminal, send it to the background:

skypeforlinux &

Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:

flatpak run com.skype.Client

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

Example:

How to Install Skype on Linux Mint 20

Now you will be taken to the Skype application login screen. Sign in or create a new account.

How to Install Skype on Linux Mint 20

And that’s it! You have successfully installed Skype on your desktop.


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Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Skype on Linux Mint 20.xx. Overall, Skype allows you to make both video and voice calls to your personal and business contacts. Skype can be a valuable tool amongst many for conversations amongst teams and is still a market leader.

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