Skype is a very popular proprietary software that allows us to make calls to the other parties over network or internet connection. In general, Skype uses peer-to-peer topology to match calls. Skype is mainly designed for Windows operating systems but recently it can be used in different Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Fedora etc. In this tutorial, we will learn how to install, update, upgrade and remove these distributions.
Install Deb Based Distributions Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali
First, we need to download the Skype Deb packages for installation. We will use the following URL which is officially provided by Skype.
This will download a file named
skypeforlinux-64.deb. We can understand that this installation file is designed for 64-bit deb based distributions. Alternatively, we can download Skype package from the following URL directly.
Download Skype with wget
We can also use
wget command in order to download Skype from the command line like bash shell.
$ wget https://repo.skype.com/latest/skypeforlinux-64.deb
Install with dpkg Command
Then we will run the installation file with the
dpkg command. As package installation is a privileged task we need to provide root privileges with the
sudo command by providing the current user password like below.
$ sudo dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb
Skype is installed with the name
skypeforlinux so we can start Skype with the following command.
Install Rpm Based Distributions Fedora, CentOS
We need to download the RPM installation file for the RPM-based distributions like Gedora, CentOS, RedHat etc. We can download the
skypeforlinux-64.rpm package from the following like with
$ wget https://repo.skype.com/latest/skypeforlinux-64.rpm
If we are using 64-bit system we need to also install the following packages.
sudo yum -y install libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 pulseaudio-libs-glib2.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686
Install Skype Package
Now we can install the
skypeforlinux-64.rpm package with the following command.
$ sudo rpm -i skypeforlinux-64.rpm
Install All Linux Distributions Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali, Fedora, CentOS with Snap
Snap is a container technology which helps developers and users to solve dependency and compatibility problems. Snap provides given software with all of its required files and executables by isolating from the current operating system or distributions. We can install Skype Snap on any operating system which can run Snap’s.
First, we will install the Snap if it is not installed currently.
Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali
We will use
apt command to install
snapd package like below.
$ sudo apt install snapd
Fedora, CentOS, RedHat
We can install Snap with the following command in Fedora, CentOS, RedHat.
$ sudo dnf install snap
Install Skype Snap
Now we have installed Snap for our current Linux distribution. We will install Skype Snap for all Linux distributions with the following command.
$ sudo snap install skype --classic
Run Skype Snap
After installation, the
skype command can be used in order to run Skype from Snap like below.