How to Install Skype on Linux Mint 21 or 20


Skype is a popular communication tool that allows users to make voice and video calls, send instant messages, and share files with others. Incorporating Skype into your daily Linux Mint desktop can bring several benefits, including easily connecting with friends, family, and colleagues, no matter where they are located. Skype also offers a wide range of features that can improve productivity, such as screen sharing and group calls.

Features and Benefits of Skype:

  • Make voice and video calls
  • Send instant messages
  • Share files
  • Connect with friends, family, and colleagues
  • Available on multiple devices and platforms
  • Screen sharing
  • Group calls
  • Record calls
  • Integration with other Microsoft apps
  • Low-cost international calls
  • Available for Linux, Windows, and macOS
  • Completely free to use.

This tutorial will guide you through installing Skype on Linux Mint 21 or Linux Mint 20 distributions. It will cover the steps of installing the app using the command line terminal and the option to install stable or unstable version builds for those who prefer stability or want to try the latest features.

Step 1: Update Linux Mint

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date. This will ensure no conflicts arise as best as possible during the installation.

sudo apt update

The following command can be used to verify any available updates for review or informational purposes.

apt list --upgradable

The command below can update any packages installed on your system to their latest versions.

sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Install Dependencies

To complete the installation process, you must install the following software packages using the provided command in your terminal.

sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common apt-transport-https curl -y

If you are uncertain, it is safe to run the command as it will not cause any harm. These software packages are commonly found on nearly all Linux distributions.

Step 3: Install Skype

The first step is downloading the GPG key with the following “curl” command.

curl -fsSL https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/skype.gpg > /dev/null

After the GPG key is in place, you can install either the stable version of Skype or the unstable (development) version.

Please note that it is not possible to import both repositories at the same time. If you wish to switch between versions, you will need to remove the current repository, re-import the desired version repository, and then re-install Skype.

Option 1: Install Skype Stable

If you prefer to install the stable version of Skype, which is recommended, use the following command.

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/skype.gpg] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype.list

You can now install the stable version of the Skype client by using the following command.

sudo apt install skypeforlinux -y

Option 2: Install Skype Preview (Beta)

Installing the unstable or preview build version of Skype is not recommended for most users as it is not thoroughly tested and may contain bugs. However, for those who prefer to use the latest features, it is important to note that you should remove the stable version of Skype before installing the unstable version as a best practice.

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/skype.gpg] https://repo.skype.com/deb unstable main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype.list

You will need to update your repository list to reflect the new repository changes.

sudo apt update

You can now install the preview version of Skype by using the following command.

sudo apt install skypeforlinux -y

Step 4: How to Launch Skype

With the installation complete, you can launch the Skype client in a few different ways. One way is to open the app while in the terminal using the following command.

skype

However, this may not be practical for everyday use, and you will likely find it more convenient to launch Skype from the following location on your desktop.

See also
How to Install Microsoft Teams on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

Taskbar > Internet > Skype {version}.

Example:

As mentioned earlier, the guide covered the preview/unstable build installation, which is identifiable by its different icons. Once you have opened the app, you can log in or create an account and start using Skype on your desktop.

Example:

Additional Commands & Tips

Update Skype

To check for updates, you can run the APT update command in your terminal, as you would when checking for updates on your entire system.

sudo apt update

If an update is available, you can use the upgrade command to apply it.

sudo apt upgrade

Remove (Uninstall) Skype

To remove Skype, you can use the following command, which is the same for both stable and unstable versions.

sudo apt autoremove skypeforlinux -y

It is important to note that unused dependencies will also be removed when using this command to remove Skype.

You can use the following command for users who want to remove Skype completely.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype.list /usr/share/keyrings/skype.gpg

Conclusion

In conclusion, installing Skype on a Linux Mint desktop is a straightforward process that can be done by using the command line terminal. The tutorial covers downloading the GPG key, installing the stable or unstable version of the app, and updating and removing the app. Skype offers a wide range of features that can benefit users, including voice and video calls, instant messaging, screen sharing, and group calls. It is a cross-platform app that can be used on multiple devices and platforms and is free to use. Installing Skype on your Linux Mint desktop can be a great way to stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues, no matter where they are located, and improve productivity.

2 thoughts on “How to Install Skype on Linux Mint 21 or 20”

  1. Hallo, ich habe schon seit 2020 Linux Mint 20 und die nachfolgenden Zwischeneditionen in Gebrauch.
    Seit Mint 20.1 hatte ich dann auch Skype installiert, was die ganze Zeit gut funktionierte. Nun hatte ich vor etwa 2 Wochen, zunächst das Upgrade auf Mint 21 LTS gemacht, aber danach bekam ich nach der Aktualisierung von Mint in der Aktiulisierungsverwaltung immer die Meldung: W: https://repo.skype.com/deb/dists/stable/InRelease: Schlüssel ist im veralteten Schlüsselbund trusted.gpg gespeichert (/etc/apt/trusted.gpg), siehe den Abschnitt MISSBILLIGUNGEN apt-key(8) für Details.
    In einer anderen Veröffentlichung habe ich nun gelesen das seit Ubuntu 22.04 apt-key als veraltet markiert wird und bei der nächsten Hauptversion wohl aller Voraussicht entfernt wird.
    Trotz allem hat mich diese wiederholte Meldung dazu veranlasst Skype zunächst zu deinstallieren, weil mich das ganze nervt! Zudem bin ich verunsichert, weil immer wieder zu lesen ist, das Fremdpakete die Sicherheit gefährden können! Microsoft ist ja höchstwahrscheinlich wenig geneigt solche Probleme zu beheben und das Mint Team war ja offensichtlich mit der neuen Version auch ganz schön gefordert. Ubuntu 22 gibt es ja nun schon eine ganze Weile.
    Es wäre bestimmt auch für andere Nutzer von Skype für Linux hilfreich wenn Sie eine Anleitung veröffentlichen könnten, die das von mir geschilderte Aktualisierungsproblem mit den Schlüsseln behebt.
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen. Wolper58

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    • Hallo

      Das Tutorial hat Ihnen gezeigt, wie Sie den GPG-Schlüssel importieren und das Problem beheben können, um das Sie mich bitten.

      Die Methode, die Sie verwenden, ist eigentlich noch unsicherer als die Methode des Tutorials. Im Moment haben Sie die GPG-Fehler mit der alten Methode angegeben und Skype mehr Vertrauen geschenkt, da dies die alte Methode in Ubuntu 20.04, Debian 10 und Linux Mint 20 war.

      Die neue Methode, die das Tutorial verwendet, schränkt dies mit ein:

      echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/skype.gpg] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype.list

      Kopieren Sie diese Datei und entfernen Sie die alte Konfigurationsdatei. Dadurch werden die Fehler behoben, da Sie jetzt den sign-by= gpg-Schlüssel verwenden, was die aktualisierte Methode ist, falls dies sinnvoll ist.

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