How to Install Skype With Ubuntu

Download and install Skype on Linux

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.

  1. Open your web browser and go 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, 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.

    Open With option for Skype installer
  4. The Ubuntu Software window will open up. Click Install to install the Skype package on your system.

    Install button for Skype

How to Run Skype

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

  2. When the Skype icon appears, select it.

    Skype in Ubuntu
  3. Skype will display a welcome screen. Click Let's go to continue.

    Let's Go button in Skype
  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 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.