Software & Apps Linux How to Install Skype With Ubuntu Download and install Skype on Linux By Gary Newell Writer Gary Newell was a freelance contributor, application developer, and software tester with 20+ years in IT, working on Linux, UNIX, and Windows. our editorial process Gary Newell Updated February 26, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Skype The Ultimate Guide to Skype Introduction Skype Basics Internet Speed Required for Skype HD Calls How Much Does It Cost to Use Skype? How to Delete Your Skype Account Guide to Using Skype as Your Home Phone Getting Started How to Change Your Skype Username Setting up a Conference Call With Skype How to Make a Skype Conference Call How to Make HD Video Calls With Skype How to Share a Screen on Skype Tips for Using Skype How to Record Skype Calls Use Skype's Split View Mode in Windows 10 Stop Skype From Starting Automatically How to Blur the Background In Skype How to Find and Use Skype Emoji How to Skype With Alexa Working with Contacts How to Add Contacts on Skype How to Delete Skype Contacts How to Block Someone on Skype How to Unblock Someone on Skype How to Delete a Skype Conversation Skype on Different Platforms Installing Skype on Ubuntu Installing Skype on a Mac Using Skype on an iPad & iPhone Using Skype on a Chromebook Using Skype in a Web Browser How to Use Skype for Android Creating a Skype Account on Windows Troubleshooting & Updating What to Do When Skype Isn't Working Make a Test Call How to Uninstall Skype How to Update Fix Skype Webcam Problems Tweet Share Email Skype is a messenger service that allows you to chat via text, via video chat, and by voice over internet protocol. The company, owned by Microsoft, offers a version of Skype for Linux and many other platforms. Installing Skype is one of the many things we recommend after installing Ubuntu. Here's how to how to install Skype using Ubuntu. Install Skype With Ubuntu Installing Skype on Ubuntu is easy. Microsoft 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 a package. Open your web browser and go to Microsoft's Skype download page. Use the Get Skype... option to select Get Skype for Linux DEB. When the window pops up asking you what you want to do with the file, select Open with and Software Install (default). Then, click Ok. If you're on Chrome or Chromium, it might download without asking you anything. Select the package from the bottom of the window after it downloads to open it. The Ubuntu Software window will open up. Click Install to install the Skype package on your system. How to Run Skype To run Skype, click the Show Applications icon in the lower left of your screen, and start typing "Skype." When the Skype icon appears, select it. Skype will display a welcome screen. Click Let's go to continue. Next, Skype will ask you to Sign in or create a new account. Select that to keep going. 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 command will launch the same window as the graphical route and kick off the same setup process. 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 with anyone, regardless of whether they have Skype.