Install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 System - Step by Step Process ?

Skype is one of the most popular applications for communication via Text, Audio and Video. With it, you can make online free audio and video calls over the internet. It is also providing service of international calling to mobiles and landlines worldwide at affordable price. Skype has its free version for Linux and Android operating systems.

Here at Ibmi Media, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Software Installation Tasks.

In this context, we shall look into how to install Skype on Ubuntu systems.

How to Install Skype on Ubuntu ?

Before proceeding with this Installation tasks, ensure that you use a user account with sudo privileges.

Skype is not an open source application and it is not available in the Ubuntu repositories.

You need to follow below steps to install Skype application on your Ubuntu desktop.

At first, you need to download latest Skype .deb package using below command:

$ wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb

Once the download is finished you need to install Skype by executing below command:

$ sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb

Now, Skype is ready to use on your system. So you can start it by command line by typing skypeforlinux or you can open it from UI by clicking on Activities and search by typing Skype and click on Skype icon.

$ skypeforlinux

How to Update Skype on Ubuntu ?

Once you are installing Skype on your system, by default the official Skype repository will be added to your system. You also can verify that file content is there or not:

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

It should output as below:

deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main

This files content means that your Skype will be updated automatically when a new version is released.

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This article covers how to install Skype on your Ubuntu 18.04 desktop system. Basically, Skype is the most popular platform to connect people through their computer systems. You can freely connect to anyone all around the world through text, voice, and video calls. You can also choose to call people on their telephones but that will not be free. 

To Install the Skype snap:

1. Enter the following command in order to refresh the list of available packages:

$ sudo apt-get update

2. Since the Snap daemon comes by default in the latest versions of Ubuntu, we do not need to install it. If you are using an older version, you can use the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install snapd

3. Now type in the following command in order to install Skype Classic version:

$ sudo snap install skype --classic