How to Install Skype on Ubuntu

Skype, a renowned communication tool, actively caters to diverse needs by offering various features. Whether engaging in casual conversations with friends and family or professional collaborations with colleagues and clients, Skype provides the necessary tools to enhance your communication experience.

Key highlights below show popular attributes of Skype that make it a staple in digital communication:

  • Ease of Access: Quick installation and setup, ensuring swift integration into daily workflows.
  • Cross-Platform Communication: Enables seamless interaction across various operating systems.
  • High-Quality Video and Audio Calls: Facilitates precise and reliable remote meetings and discussions.
  • Screen Sharing Capabilities: Essential for demonstrations, presentations, or collaborative work.
  • Group Chat and Calling Features: Supports team collaborations and group discussions.
  • File Sharing: Conveniently share documents, images, and other files through the chat interface.
  • Integration with Microsoft Services: Streamlines workflows for users reliant on Microsoft ecosystems.

The following sections delve into the technical procedures for installing Skype on Ubuntu with three package managers: APT with Skype’s official repository, Snap, or Flatpak.

Prerequisites for Installing Skype

To successfully install the Skype Linux client on Ubuntu, ensure you meet the following requirements:

System Requirements and Supported Ubuntu Versions

ComponentRequirement
Processor2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster dual-core processor
RAM4 GB or more
Disk Space25 GB of free space
GraphicsOpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card (for video calls)
NetworkBroadband internet connection
Supported VersionsUbuntu 24.04 (Noble), Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy), Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal)

Additional Requirements

RequirementDescription
Microphone and SpeakersRequired for voice calls.
WebcamRequired for video calls.
Internet ConnectionRequired to download Skype and updates, as well as for using Skype services.
Terminal ConventionsAll terminal commands should be run as a regular user with sudo privileges.
CLI CommandsUse the Command Line Interface (CLI) for installation and setup.

Method 1: Install Skype via APT

Update Ubuntu Before Skype Installation

Before installing any new software on your Ubuntu system, it’s a good idea to update your system to ensure that all your installed software is up to date. You can do this by running the following commands in your terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Initial Packages For Skype APT Installation

Before importing the GPG key and Skype repository, execute the following command that will verify and install these packages:

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

Install Skype via APT Command

To install Skype on Ubuntu, follow a few simple steps. Firstly, you need to download and import 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

Once the GPG key is in place, you can install Skype. There are two installation options available: stable and preview (beta). Please note that it is not possible to have both repositories active simultaneously. If you wish to switch between versions, you must remove the current repository, import the desired repository, and then re-install Skype.

Option 1: Install Skype – stable

The recommended option is to install the stable version of Skype. You can do this by using 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

Add the Skype preview repository to your system, then update your repository list to access the latest package information.

Execute the following command to achieve this:

sudo apt update

This command adds the Skype stable repository to your system. You can now install the stable version of the Skype client by running the following command:

sudo apt install skypeforlinux

Option 2: Install Skype – preview (beta)

Most users are not recommended to install the unstable or preview build version of Skype, as it may contain bugs that have not been thoroughly tested. However, if you prefer to use the latest features, you can install the preview version of Skype by following the steps below.

Add the Skype preview repository to your system by using the following command:

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 then need to update your repository list to reflect the new changes by running the following command:

sudo apt update

Finally, install the preview version of Skype by running the following command:

sudo apt install skypeforlinux

Method 2: Install Skype via Snapcraft

The second method we examine involves utilizing Snapcraft to install Skype on Ubuntu.

Ensure Snap is Installed on Your Ubuntu System

If Snap isn’t readily available on your system, it can be installed promptly using the following command:

sudo apt install snapd -y

Install Core Snap

Installing the ‘core’ snap before any software installation is advised. This foundational Snap is crucial as it ensures a stable, functional environment for all other Snap applications. You can install the core snap with this command:

sudo snap install core

Install Skype on Ubuntu via Snap Command

Once the core snap is installed, the system is prepared for Skype installation. Initiate the Skype installation process by running the command:

sudo snap install skype

After you execute this command, Snapcraft will complete the Skype installation process.

Method 3: Install Skype via Flatpak and Flathub

This last section explores another method for installing Skype on your Ubuntu system: employing the Flatpak package manager. If Flatpak isn’t installed on your system, please refer to the detailed guide on “How to Install Flatpak on Ubuntu” for instructions on deploying the most recent and supported version of Flatpak.

Enable Flathub for Skype

Before installing Skype through Flatpak on Ubuntu, you must activate the Flathub repository, a crucial source for Flatpak applications.

Execute the following command in your terminal to enable Flathub:

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

By running this command, you incorporate the Flathub repository into your Flatpak configuration, granting access to various applications, including Skype.

Install Skype via Flatpak Command

With Flathub now enabled, you are set to install Skype on your Ubuntu system. Utilize the flatpak install command as shown below:

flatpak install flathub com.skype.Client

This command directs the system to install Skype from the Flathub repository, assuring you obtain the latest version of the application.

Launching Skype via CLI or GUI

After completing the installation of Skype, you can access the application in a few different ways.

CLI Commands to Launch Skype

One way to launch Skype is by opening your terminal and typing the following command:

APT Installations run command:

skype

Snap Installations run command:

snap run skype

Flatpak Installations run command:

flatpak run com.skype.Client

GUI Path to Launch Skype

However, this method is impractical as it ties up your terminal and limits your ability to use other commands. Instead, a more practical way to launch Skype is through the graphical user interface (GUI).

To launch Skype from the GUI, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the “Activities” menu in the top left corner of your desktop.
  2. Click on “Show Applications.”
  3. Type “Skype” in the search bar.
  4. Click on the Skype icon to launch the app quickly.
Skype sign-in page on Ubuntu
Screenshot of Skype sign-in page on Ubuntu

Additional Skype Commands

Update Skype

You can run the following command in your terminal to check for updates, depending on the installation method you initially used:

APT Skype Update Command

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Snap Skype Update Command Method

sudo snap refresh

Flatpak Skype Update Command

flatpak update

Remove Skype

If you wish to remove Skype from your Ubuntu system, you can use the following command that matches the original installation method:

APT Skype Remove Command

sudo apt remove skypeforlinux

Next, use the following command for users who want to remove Skype altogether.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype*.list

Finally, delete the GPG key.

sudo rm /usr/share/keyrings/skype*.gpg

Snap Skype Remove Command

sudo snap remove skype

Flatpak Skype Remove Command

flatpak uninstall com.skype.Client

Conclusion

We’ve successfully navigated through the installation of Skype on Ubuntu using three different methods. Remember, choosing the right installation approach depends on your preference and system needs. Whether via Skype’s APT repository, Snapcraft, or Flatpak, each method ensures that Skype runs smoothly. Don’t forget to regularly update the app for the latest features and security patches.

Useful Links

Here are some valuable links related to using Skype that you may find helpful.

  • Skype Official Website: Visit the official Skype website for downloading the application, learning about its features, and staying updated with the latest news.
  • Skype Community: Join the Skype community to ask questions, share experiences, and get support from other Skype users.

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