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Install Skype 4.1 in Ubuntu 12.10, Xubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 14/13

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Skype is an open source and free software application that uses peer-to-peer technology and allows users to make video calls, voice calls and instant messaging over the network.

Skype 4.1 has been released for Linux systems and made available for download. This new version comes with two features:

Install Skype in Ubuntu

Install Skype 4.1 in Ubuntu

The first feature is allows users to make easier conversation (means now you can manage all your recent chats at one place).

The second feature is allows users to login using existing Windows Live Messenger ID, without creating new account at Skype.

This tutorial will help you to install latest version of Skype 4.1 under Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Linux Mint. Before going further let’s check out some new features and changes in this latest release.

Skype 4.1 Features

  1. Chat with your Windows Live Messenger friends on Skype.
  2. Sign in using your existing Microsoft account.
  3. Better video quality for video chat.

Installing Skype 4.1 Ubuntu 12.10, Xubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 13

Currently, the newest version is not yet made available under Ubuntu repository. So, you need to manually download and install it under Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10, Xubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint 14/13 using following commands on the terminal. To open terminal press CTRL + ALT + T from the desktop.

For Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Linux Mint 32-Bit
$ sudo apt-get install libxss1 
$ cd /tmp 
$ wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-ubuntu-32/skype-ubuntu-precise_4.1.0.20-1_i386.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu*.deb
For Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Linux Mint 64-Bit
$ sudo apt-get install libxss1 
$ cd /tmp 
$ wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-ubuntu-64/skype-ubuntu-precise_4.1.0.20-1_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu*.deb

If you receive any dependency error or issues while installing Skype 4.1, first remove the older version of Skype, if you may have installed.

$ sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin

Then try to reinstall the newest downloaded Skype .deb file.

Alternative Method

Alternatively, you can use the following commands to automatically detect OS architecture and install latest Skype.

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install skype && sudo apt-get -f install
Install Skype in ubuntu

Install Skype 4.1 in Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Linux Mint

For other issues such as scrambled, green or black video image, check out Skype 4.1 known issues page.

Ravi Saive

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50 Responses

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @ Arsen and Vanderlei,

      Thanks for pointing out.. link is corrected now.

    • elgreko says:

      it is telling me : bash: wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-ubuntu-64/skype-ubuntu-precise_4.1.0.20-1_amd64.deb: No such file or directory

      • Ravi Saive says:

        I checked the link is working fine. do you have wget installed? please check and let me know

        • elgreko says:

          Hi Ravi,

          I have re installed Ubuntu and it worked but when I entered the last line sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu*.deb

          it gave me this:
          dpkg: error processing skype (–install):
          dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
          Processing triggers for bamfdaemon …
          Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index…
          Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils …
          Processing triggers for gnome-menus …
          Errors were encountered while processing:

          Please help I want to get out of Windows

          Thanks a lot in advance


          • Ravi Saive says:

            Try to install the package libcurl3 to overcome this issue.
            apt-get install libcurl3

          • tarunnurat says:

            I have the same problem and I tried the command you said below, but it still doesn’t work. Any ideas?

        • elgreko says:

          Dear Ravi,

          Finally I installed the 32-bit version of skype (I do not know how!!!). I installed chrome also and it gave me the message that it is a bad quality softwate, I think this latest version of ubuntu has problems. Thanks a lot for listening


        • John Cleeland says:

          Silly me. I copied the link without thinking and it read “.det” not “.deb” because of the window edge. A simple fix and then I followed your other advice on libcurl3. Then as the system suggested apt-get update with massive changes and no apparent errors. What a robust system. Thanks for your help.

  1. Vanderlei says:

    There’s an error in the command for wget the amd64 package. Where is i386 there could be amd64.

  2. Thomas K says:

    I’ve followed your tutorial and get the following error:

    dpkg: error processing skype-ubuntu-precise_4.1.0.20-1_amd64.deb (–install):
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    Any ideas?

  3. vishwaje says:

    Skype is not a Open source software..

  4. Anderson says:

    I have a proplem instaling packge 64bits in the ubuntu 12.10 64bits,

    anderson@ubuntu:/tmp$ sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu*.deb
    dpkg: erro ao processar skype-ubuntu-precise_4.1.0.20-1_amd64.deb (–install):
    arquitetura do pacote (i386) não combina com a do sistema (amd64)
    Erros foram encontrados durante o processamento de:

  5. Thomas K. says:

    I’ll give that a go and report back. Thanks!

  6. laurbede says:

    I’m getting the same error. skype-ubuntu-precise_4.1.0.20-1_amd64.deb is named amd64 but is probably NOT a 64bit package !

  7. chart3 says:

    Does anyone actually test the supposed amd64 version before posting this? None of the steps above install the 64-bit version of Skype for Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit.

  8. John Liquorish says:

    I installed Skype with no errors. Now how do i ACCESS IT?

  9. Doesn't Work says:

    I have the same problem as the others. Maybe adjust your tutorial or warn that it likely doesn’t work for the majority of users.

    Son, i am disappoint.

  10. mikey says:

    how would you install via Synaptic? dont like command line

  11. mikey says:

    tried installing skype-debian…deb but synaptic says its not a valid deb file.
    trying skype-ubunutu-lucid. deb now

  12. david says:

    if you want skype on 64-bit system follow this steps
    # dpkg –add-architecture i386
    # apt-get update
    # wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb
    # dpkg -i skype-install.deb
    apt-get -f install

    thank you for this site i have followed many of your tips.

  13. Tom says:

    Okay, so I do all that but I get the error “dependency problems” – “leaving unconfigured”
    What Do I do?!

  14. Tom says:

    dpkg: error processing skype (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon …
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index…
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils …
    Errors were encountered while processing:

  15. JasonM says:

    I have the exact same problem as Tom – very annoying! Is this just because Skype haven’t released an official version yet?

    Thanks for your help so far, everyone! :)

  16. david says:

    there is no skype 64 for linux
    so you have to do multi arch
    read my replay that i did in January 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm
    follow those steps, and hopfully that wil do it
    it work for me and my friends

  17. Alex says:

    Skype needs i386 libs. I had use sudo apt-get install -f and the installation works now. For x64 don’t exist a amd64 version, only for i386.

    Here’s a list from a fresh installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with KDE (skype:i386):

    libasound2 (>= 1.0.23).
    libc6 (>= 2.3.6-6~).
    libc6 (>= 2.7).
    libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1).
    libqt4-dbus (>= 4:4.5.3).
    libqt4-network (>= 4:4.8.0).
    libqt4-xml (>= 4:4.5.3).
    libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.7.0~beta1).
    libqtgui4 (>= 4:4.8.0).
    libqtwebkit4 (>= 2.2~2011week36).
    libstdc++6 (>= 4.6).

  18. Mumin Bademci says:

    Thank you men . I installed . Everything is okey

    Thank you for everything :)

  19. If this works.. You are cool guy! : D

  20. pinoy says:

    Is it possible to put my video chat and my chat box together when having a video chat? When I start having a video chat, I have a 2 windows. 1 video window and 1 for chat box. Now is it possible to make into all in one?

  21. nimd4 says:

    This is all nice and dandy, but “If you receive any dependency error or issues while installing Skype 4.1, first remove the older version of Skype, if you may have installed.” – means that we’re doing the same thing again and it won’t be auto-updated with this method. Not much point installing it in this way, imo.. Skype needs to have a stable repo (ppa) for *all* current versions of Ubuntu, Mint and Debian. After all, it’s the 21th century today and not the 1990s (ffs. :))

  22. J.J says:

    thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks!!! skype finally worked…just remove the package downloaded from the official site, and added yours and voila !! thank you very much

  23. Bhupathi says:

    Thanks for the post. It really helped to install Skype with OS related architecture.

  24. talizman says:

    Thank you very much Ravi! It was easy to install the Skype with your help. :)

  25. Kelvin says:

    dpkg: error processing package skype (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.10.1-0ubuntu2) …
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu1) …
    Processing triggers for mime-support (3.54ubuntu1) …
    Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.13-1) …
    Errors were encountered while processing:

  26. Jean says:

    hi, i install skype 4.1 version using the installer(offline). my problem is the camera is not working, even the person i have conversation with i cannot see. the voice is very good. please help. thanks

  27. Raphael says:

    Thank you so much!

  28. Santiago says:

    Hello i followed de exact commands but I’ve got no sound in skype. What could I do?

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