How to Install Skype on Ubuntu UPDATED 2021


How to Install Skype on Ubuntu

How to Install Skype on Ubuntu 

Skype is one of the most popular communication applications in the world that allows you to make free online audio and video calls, and affordable international calling to mobiles and landlines worldwide.

For example, your friends and relatives are already using Skype and want you to communicate with them using Skype. Many companies also prefer Skype for job interviews, meetings and calls.

In situations like these, you need to have Skype on your system.

Let me quickly show you how to install Skype on Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04 or any other version. The method discussed here should also work on the official flavors of Ubuntu such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu etc.

Installing Skype on Ubuntu

1. Download Skype

Open your terminal either by using the Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by clicking on the terminal icon.

Download the latest Skype .deb package using the following wget command :


2. Install Skype

Once the download is complete, install Skype by running the following command as a user with sudo privileges:

$sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb

You will be prompted to enter your password. The output will look something like this:

Please Enter y when prompted with a y/n option for installation after which Skype will be successfully installed on your system.

3. Start Skype 

Now that you have Skype installed on your Ubuntu desktop, you can start it either from the command line by typing skypeforlinux or by clicking on the Skype icon (Activities -> Skype):

Now you can easily use this popular communication utility on your system. As you have seen, installing Skype is simple both through the command line and the Ubuntu Software utility. Luckily, this software is part of official Ubuntu Repository and also available on Snap and the official Skype website for you to install.

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