How to Install Skype 8.13 on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Skype is a most popular software application developed by Microsoft that is largely used for Instant Messaging and for Audio and Video calls and Video conferencing call. Among these features, Skype can also be used for screen sharing, file sharing and text and voice messaging.

In this article we will cover the process of installing the most recent version of Skype (8.13) in Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint distributions.

Read Also: How to Install Skype 8.13 on CentOS, RHEL and Fedora

Update: The official Skype is now available to install from snap store on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, including Linux Mint, which is maintained and updated by Skype themselves.

$ sudo apt install snapd
$ sudo snap install skype --classic

You can also install Skype using .deb package in your Linux distribution, first visit Skype official download page and download the most recent (latest) available version of the Skype for Linux in your system by following the download link from browser or use open a Terminal window and download the package using following wget command line utility.

# wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb

After the download finishes, proceed with Skype installation process, by opening a terminal and run the following command with root privileges in your machine.

$ sudo dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb

After the installation process finishes, start Skype application by navigating to Application Menu -> Internet -> Skype in Linux Mint distribution.

Start Skype in Linux Mint
Start Skype in Linux Mint

On Ubuntu distribution, launch Dash and search for Skype.

Start Skype in Ubuntu
Start Skype in Ubuntu

To start Skype from the Linux command line, open a terminal and type skypeforlinux in console.

$ skypeforlinux
Skype in Ubuntu
Skype in Ubuntu

Sign In to Skype with the Microsoft account or press on Create Account button and follow the instructions in order to create a new Skype account and freely communicate with your friends, family or co-workers.

Skype on Ubuntu
Skype on Ubuntu
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62 thoughts on “How to Install Skype 8.13 on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint”

  1. I’m sorry, but when a site that purports to be “the fastest growing and most trusted community site for any kind of Linux Articles, Guides and Books on the web”, and then starts an article on Skype off with “Skype is a most popular software application developed by Microsoft”, I just have to laugh. Thank you for the giggle.

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  2. Trying to install on an old IBM ThinkPad T60 and get this error message:

    error: snap “skype” is not available on stable for this architecture (i386) but exists on other architectures (amd64).

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  3. Cinnamon Mint 18.1 – Have followed your instructions – downloaded the skypeforlinux-64.deb, it showed up in Internet directory, but clicking on it produced nothing.
    Tried to start it from the command – skypeforlinux – again nothing.

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    • @Alfie,

      As I said, the official way to install Skype on Linux is using snap, please remove the .deb package and install from snap using following commands.

      $ sudo apt install snapd
      $ sudo snap install skype --classic
      
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  4. I have Linux Mint 17.1 – 32 bit. My computer is also ok for 64 bit. Can I download and work with Skype 8 – 64 bit

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