How to Install Skype With Ubuntu

Download and install the latest Skype client

Skype on the Ubuntu desktop

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If you visit the Skype website you will see the following statement: Skype keeps the world talking - for free.

Skype is a messenger service which allows you to chat via text, via video chat and by voice over internet protocol. 

The text and video chat service are provided for free but the phone service does cost money although the cost of a call is much lower than a standard one.

For example, a call from the United Kingdom to the United States via Skype is just 1.8 pence per minute which depending on the fluctuating exchange rate is around 2.5 to 3 cents per minute.

The beauty of Skype is that it allows people to video chat for free. Grandparents can see their grandchildren every day and dads away on business can see their children.

Skype is often used by businesses as a way of conducting meetings with people not present in the office. Job interviews are often conducted via Skype.

Skype is now owned by Microsoft and you might think this would make it a problem for Linux users but actually there is a Skype version for Linux and indeed many other platforms including Android.​​

This guide shows you how to install Skype using Ubuntu.

Install Skype

Installing Skype on Ubuntu is much simpler than it used to be. Microsoft has released a mostly web-based Skype client and packaged it for most major Linux distributions. You only need to go to their website and select the package that you want to get it. From there, it's only a matter of installing it on Ubuntu.

  1. Open your web browser, and head over to Microsoft's Skype download page.

  2. Use the Get Skype... option to select Get Skype for Linux DEB.

  3. When the window pops up asking you what you want to do with the file, select Open with and Software Install (default). Then, press Ok.

    Skype for Linux download

    If you're on Chrome of Chromium, it might just download without asking you anything. Select the package from the bottom of the window when it's done downloading to open it.

  4. The Ubuntu Software window will open up. Press Install to install the Skype package on your system.

    Install Skype on Linux

Run Skype

  1. To run Skype press the Show Applications icon in the lower left of your screen, and start typing "Skype".

  2. When the Skype icon appears, select it.

    Linux launch Skype
  3. Skype will display a welcome screen, letting you know that it's installed on your system. Press Let's go to continue.

    Skype on Ubuntu
  4. Next, Skype will ask you to Sign in or create a new account. Select that to keep going.

  5. Sign in to your Microsoft account or create a new one. Once you're signed in, Skype will shift to display its main interface.

You can also start Skype from the command line with:

skypeforlinux

This will launch the same window as the graphical route and kick off the same setup process.

Summary

From within Skype you can search for contacts and have text or video conversations with any of them. If you have credit you can also contact landline numbers and chat to somebody you know regardless as to whether they have Skype installed themselves.

Installing Skype within Ubuntu is number 22 on the list of 33 things to do after installing Ubuntu.