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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61 Responses

  1. Alina says:

    Errors were encountered while processing:
    [email protected]:/tmp$
    i am soo tired on instaling this i have the 12.10 ubuntu version

  2. Santiago says:

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

  3. Raphael says:

    Thank you so much!

  4. 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

  5. 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:

  6. talizman says:

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

  7. Bhupathi says:

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

  8. 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

  9. 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. :))

  10. 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?

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