As we all know, Skype is the most popular platform for connecting people through their computer systems. You can communicate freely with anyone around the world using text, voice and video calls. You can also call people on their phones, but there will be a charge. Since Skype is such a useful utility, we will explain how you can install it on your Ubuntu system in every way we can find.
In this article, we will show you how to install Skype on an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system both through the command line and through the graphical user interface.
Install Sykpe via Ubuntu software (GUI)
For a person who doesn’t want to heavily open up the command line, installing software from the Ubuntu repository through the user interface is very easy. From the Actions toolbar on the Ubuntu desktop, click the Ubuntu Software icon.
Click the search icon and enter Skype into the search bar. The search results will show the Skype record as follows:
Click the icon Skype record from search results. The following dialog will appear:
Click the icon Install button to start the installation process. In the next authentication dialog, you will be able to specify the authentication details for the root user, since only an authorized user can install the software on Ubuntu.
Enter your password and click Authentication button… This will begin the installation process and display a progress bar as shown below.
After that Skype will be installed on your system and after successful installation you will receive the following message:
In the above dialog box, you can choose to launch Skype directly, and even uninstall it right away for whatever reason.
You can launch Skype at any time by entering Skype in Ubuntu Dash or by opening it from the list of applications.
Install Skype via command line
You can install Skype from the command line by running a few very simple commands. We offer you two options for installing Skype here:
- Install the Skype snap-in
- Install Skype from the official site
Install Skype Snap
Open Ubuntu Command Prompt, Terminal, either through a dash or by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T. Enter the following command to update the list of available packages:
$ sudo apt-get update
Since the Snap daemon is included by default in recent Ubuntu versions, we don’t need to install it. If you are using an older version, you can use the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install snapd
Now enter the following command to install the Skype Classic version:
$ sudo snap install skype --classic
Skype Snap will be successfully installed on your system and you can launch it via Dash or via the app list.
Install from Skype website
The official Skype website contains many standard Skype packages depending on your needs and system specifications.
Here we will describe how to download and install the Skype package depending on the version of Ubuntu you are using.
Step 1. Make sure you have a 32-bit or 64-bit Ubuntu system.
There are different versions of Skype available for 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of Ubuntu. To check which version you are using to install the corresponding version of Skype, follow these steps:
1. Open Terminal via Ubuntu Dash or Ctrl + Alt + T label.
2. Use the following command to get cpu information from sysfs and / proc / cpuinfo files:
This command will display the following output:
The CPU Modes notation tells you about the Ubuntu features you are using on your system; 32-bit means you are using 32-bit Linux OS, 32-bit, 64-bit means you are using 64-bit OS.
Step 2. Enable MutliArch for 64-bit system
Use the following command to enable multi-architecture for better compatibility for programs on your 64-bit Ubuntu system.
$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
Step 3. Download the Skype .deb package from the Skype website.
Enter the following command to download the Skype package to your system:
$ wget https://repo.skype.com/latest/skypeforlinux-64.deb
Packages downloaded with the wget command are usually saved in your home folder.
Step 4: Install the downloaded package
Let’s first install the gdebi utility, which will help us install the downloaded .deb package like this:
$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
Enter the following command to download the Skype package via gdebi:
$ sudo gdebi skypeforlinux-64.deb
Please, enter y when prompted with the y / n parameter for installation, after which Skype will be successfully installed on your system.
Now you can easily use this popular communication utility on your system. As you’ve seen, installing Skype is straightforward from both the command line and the Ubuntu Software utility. Fortunately, this software is part of the official Ubuntu repository and is also available for installation on Snap and the official Skype website.
How to install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS