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

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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59 Responses

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

  2. Mumin Bademci says:

    Thank you men . I installed . Everything is okey

    Thank you for everything :)

  3. 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).

  4. 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

  5. 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! :)

  6. 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:

  7. Tom says:

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

  8. 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
    # dpkg -i skype-install.deb
    apt-get -f install

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

  9. mikey says:

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

  10. mikey says:

    how would you install via Synaptic? dont like command line

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