Install Skype on Ubuntu

” Skype keeps the world talking – for free. “

Skype is 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 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 Ubuntu.

Prerequisites

Before you start to install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04. You must have non-root user account on your desktop with sudo privileges.

Install Skype from the Ubuntu Partner Repository

To install Skype from Ubuntu partner repository you will need to add third-party repository first. Then you will need to update the apt package manager index and then finally you are able to install Skype.

Add Skype repository by typing following in terminal and pressing enter.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"

Now you should add i386 architecture on your Ubuntu Desktop. We will use here dpkg package manager to install it.

dpkg --add-architecture i386

To update the apt package manager index enter following text in terminal and press Enter.

sudo apt update

You have done the necessary work to install Skype. Execute the following command to install Skype.

sudo apt install skype

Confirm installation by typing following command in terminal.

skype --version

Done! Start Skype by typing following in terminal.

skype

We have successfully installed Skype in Ubuntu from partner repository

Install Skype Manually.

To install Skype on Ubuntu manually you should download .deb file. You will need to add i386 architecture to Ubuntu Desktop then we will install the .deb file.

First, we need to download .deb file for Skype. Type following text in terminal and hit enter to download

wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb

Now you need to add i386 architecture to your Ubuntu Desktop by typing following

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Update the package manager index by executing following command

sudo apt update

Install Skype by with dpkg command using downloaded .deb file.

sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb

You will get dependencies error. Now you must install dependencies required to install by typing following.

sudo apt-get -f install

You can start skype by going to activities and searching Skype icon then hitting Enter or you can type the following command.

skype

Conclusion

You have learned how install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04. If you have any queries please don’t forget to comment below.