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How to install Skype on Linux

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How to install Skype on Linux: After reading my guide on how to install Linux, you have decided to take the “big step” and learn how to manage an operating system different from the one you usually use. One of the programs you use most often is Skype but, still being impractical with the “penguin” platform, you just don’t have a clue how to get it on your distribution. Intending to remedy the problem, you then opened Google in search of a solution and you ended up right here on my website.

How do you say? Did I describe exactly the situation you are in? Then I tell you right away that you are in the right place, at the right time! In the course of this guide, in fact, I will take care to explain to you how to install skype on linux on the most popular distributions, making use of the software managers integrated “as standard” in them.

So, without waiting any longer, take a few minutes of your free time to devote to reading this guide: I am sure that, within a few minutes, you will be perfectly able to reach the goal you have set for yourself. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you good reading and good work!

Preliminary information

Before explaining to you how to install skype on linuxlet me give you some more information on the minimum requirements and available formats of the software installation package.

According to what was reported on the official Skype pagethe program is officially compatible with operating systems 64-bit Ubuntu (version equal to or higher than 14.04), 64-bit Debian (version equal to or higher than 8.0), 64-bit OpenSUSE (version equal to or higher than 13.3) e 64-bit Fedora (version 24 or higher) and requires a processor Intel Pentium 4 or higher and at least 512 MB of RAM installed.

Generally, the Skype package can be installed without problems even on the variants of the distributions mentioned above (eg. Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and so on) and on other operating systems derived from them (eg. Linux Mint, Elementary OS, TAILS or SLES).

As things currently stand, Skype for Linux is distributed as a pre-packaged installer, available in several formats: package DEB for Ubuntu, Debian and derivatives; package RPM for Fedora, OpenSUSE and derivatives; and package SNAP for Ubuntu (theoretically also compatible with the Snappy system for Debian, Fedora, CentOS / ArchLinux and Gentoo).

How to install Skype on Linux

Having made the necessary clarifications above, the time has come to take action and to explain, in practice, how to install Skype on the Linux distributions that currently support it in an official way.

Ubuntu, Debian and derivatives (DEB)

How to install Skype on Linux

Regarding Ubuntu, Debian and derivative distributions, the program is available as a package .DEB: below I show you how to install it on Ubuntu, referring to version 19.10 of the operating system; however the same steps can be easily applied also on other distributions compatible with packages of the aforementioned type.

To begin with, then connect to the Skype websiteclick on the button Download Skypethen on angular arrow placed in the button Download Skype for [sistema operativo] and select the item Download Skype for Linux DEB from the proposed menu, to start the download of the installation package (by pressing, if necessary, the button OK).

Once the file has been downloaded, if it does not open automatically, launch it and wait for the Ubuntu Software (or any other application capable of handling DEB packets) is displayed.

When this happens, click on the button Install located at the top, enter the admin / root password in the appropriate field and click on the button Authenticto complete the program setup: the package manager will take care of installing, in a completely automatic way, both the main software and the necessary dependencies.

Once the software has been installed, you can start Skype by calling it from the area Applications (on Ubuntu and GNOME-based distributions, accessible via the button in the shape of Grill located in the lower left) or from the main menu of your distribution.

How to install Skype on Linux

Alternatively, you can install the previously downloaded .DEB package using the Terminal: to do this, start the latter by recalling it from the folder Utility of the area Applications system and issue the command cd ~/Scaricatifollowed by pressing the key Enterto access the downloads folder (if your distribution is localized in English, you will need to type cd ~/Downloads).

At this point, to start the installation of the Skype package, issue the command sudo dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.debpress the button Enter on the keyboard and, when prompted, type the admin / root password to complete the program setup. If you encounter any errors due to unmet dependencies, you can fix them by issuing the command sudo apt -f installalways followed by pressing the key Enter.

Ubuntu (SNAP)

How to install Skype on Linux

If you prefer to use the system Snappy on Ubuntu (i.e. the software manager distributed by Canonical, characterized by some interesting improvements related to dependency management and package security), you will be pleased to know that Skype is also available in the form of SNAP package.

To get it, visit the website of the programpush the button Download Skype and then click on the angular arrow placed in the button Download Skype for [sistema operativo].

Now, choose the voice Download Skype for Linux SNAP from the menu displayed on the screen and, having reached the page of Snapcraftclick on the buttons Install, View in Desktop store And Open link, in order to launch the Ubuntu software manager. To conclude, click on the button Install and, if prompted, enter the admin password / root passwordto complete the program setup.

Alternatively, you can speed up everything by installing the SNAP package directly from the Terminal: start the latter from the folder Utility of the area Applications Ubuntu, issue the command sudo snap install --classic skypefollowed by pressing the key Enter. If necessary, enter the admin / root password when prompted and press the button Enterto complete the program setup.

Note: the same installation methods are theoretically applicable on all operating systems that have the Snappy system / snapd daemon active.

Fedora, OpenSUSE and derivatives (RPM)

How to install Skype on Linux

If you have a distribution whose main package manager is compatible with RPM (eg Fedora, OpenSUSE and derivatives thereof), proceed as follows: visit the Skype main pageclick on the button Download Skypethen on angular arrow attached to the button Download Skype for [sistema operativo] and choose the option Download Skype for Linux RPM from the menu displayed on the screen, so as to start the download of the installation file (if necessary, press the OK button to confirm).

At the end of the download, if the file obtained (eg. skypeforlinux-64.rpm) does not start automatically, launch it yourself and, when you see the manager window Software (or any other program used to maintain RPM packages), click on the button Installenter the admin password / root password and press the button Authenticto complete the program setup.

How to install Skype on Linux

Alternatively, you can choose to install Skype from the command line, using the Terminal (located in the Utility of the manager Applications GNOME, or in the system menu of your distribution): after starting the appropriate software, issue the command cd ~/Scaricatifollowed by pressing the key Enterto go to the folder where you should have downloaded the RPM package.

Afterward, issue the command rpm -ivh skypeforlinux-64.rpmpress the button Enter on the keyboard and, when prompted, enter the admin password / root password system by pressing the key immediately afterwards Enter. Once the installation is complete, you can start Skype through the menu of Applications of your distribution.

Install Skype on 32-bit Linux

Install Skype on 32-bit Linux

Install Skype on 32-bit Linux it’s a near impossible feat, as Microsoft has completely eliminated support for the old architecture, at least on the “penguin” operating systems.

However, if you own Ubuntu 16.04 32-bit (or distributions based on it, even more recent), you can try to setup the program using Snapcraft and its package SNAPwhich still has the 32-bit variant of the program (clearly out of date and potentially vulnerable to bugs), following the instructions I gave you previously. However, keep in mind that, in some cases, this procedure may not be effective.

However, it is not possible to install Skype on 32-bit Linux operating systems that are not compatible with Snappy, since this architecture is no longer officially supported by the Microsoft program, at least as regards the “penguin”.

If you find yourself in this situation, you can use instead Skype Webthe online version of the Microsoft service that can be used with the most common browsers for Linux (Chromium, Firefox and Google Chrome are just some examples).