How to Install Skype on Debian 10

Install Skype on Debian 10

” Skype keeps the world talking – for free. “

Skype is a messaging service in which we can chat via Text, Video or Audio. Chat via Text and Video is free on Skype which is why Skype is the most popular Video Messaging Service. Chat Via Audio is sometimes chargeable but the charge of the Audio Call is much lower than other services. Microsoft owned Skype long ago but Skype has its free version for Linux and Android operating systems also. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to install Skype on Debian 10.


Before you start to install Skype on Debian 10. You must have the non-root user account on your desktop with sudo privileges.

Install Skype

Before we start to install Skype on Debian, our system should have i386 architecture enabled. To enable i386 architecture on Debian enter following commands.

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update

Here we will first install dependencies for Skype and then we will install the main Skype package. libssl is the dependency for Skype. So to download the required package type following command.

wget -q

To easily install deb packages on the system we will here use GDebi tool. Install GDebi tool using the following command.

sudo apt install gdebi

Now install libssl downloaded package using the following command.

sudo gdebi libssl1.0.0_1.0.1t-1+deb8u5_i386.deb

Now you will be prompted for confirmation. Enter ‘Y’ to continue.

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree        
Reading state information... Done
Reading state information... Done
Requires the installation of the following packages: gcc-6-base:i386 libc6:i386 libgcc1:i386 

Secure Sockets Layer toolkit - shared libraries
 This package is part of the OpenSSL project's implementation of the SSL
 and TLS cryptographic protocols for secure communication over the
 It provides the libssl and libcrypto shared libraries.
Do you want to install the software package? [y/N]:y

Now, this is the time to download the Skype package. Run the following command to download the Skype package.

wget -O skype-install.deb

To install the above downloaded package run following command.

sudo gdebi skype-install.deb

Here also you will be prompted for confirmation then enter ‘Y’ to continue the installation.

Wherever you are, wherever they are
 Skype keeps you together. Call, see, message and share with others.
  * It's free to download and join.
  * Call, instant message and send photos and documents to anyone else on Skype.
  * And with a webcam you can catch up face-to-face with a video call.
  * Call mobiles and landlines worldwide at low rates.
  * Easily text message anywhere in the world.
  * Get your friends together on a conference call.
 And that's just the start...
Do you want to install the software package? [y/N]:y

After installation complete enter following command to start Skype.


You can also start Skype from the start menu.


Here you have successfully learned how to install Skype on Debian 10. If you have any queries regarding this please don’t forget to comment below.