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.
On Ubuntu distribution, launch Dash and search for Skype.
To start Skype from the Linux command line, open a terminal and type skypeforlinux in console.
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.
62 thoughts on “How to Install Skype 8.13 on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint”
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.
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).
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.
As I said, the official way to install Skype on Linux is using snap, please remove the
.debpackage and install from snap using following commands.
I cannot find the skype installation package, so the command goes wrong.
You can find Skype installation
.debpackage here: https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/
Else you can also install Skype directly using the Snap package as shown.
Did this exactly but no joy skype doesn’t show under the Internet.
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
Not sure, but you should give a try and see that Skype 64-bit works on 32-bit systems..
No, a 32bit OSes cannot run 64 bit binaries, while a 64bit OS can support 32bit executables.
A very big thanks buddy…