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How to install Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 10?

Hello, friends. This quite simple and novice oriented post aims to teach you how to install Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 10.

We already know that Microsoft has changed a bit its way of looking at Linux but it remains to be done. However, there is always room for Microsoft to get out a native application like Teams that although it is true is a little green it fulfills its purpose.

In the same way we can talk about Skype, the great video conferencing program that has become almost a cult among users. It is also used in many companies as a way to communicate between members of a company. It is even common in news and media.

So, you will learn how to install Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 10.

Installing Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 10

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In the case of Ubuntu, Snap technology is installed by default and from UBuntu Software we can install it. Or if you prefer the terminal, open it and run it:

sudo snap install skype --classic

And with this the download and installation will start.

This method only valid for Ubuntu 20.04 depends on Snap which I particularly don’t like very much. So we will use the DEB package that integrates better with the desktop. This method also works on both systems.

In the terminal, use wget to get the DEB package

wget -c https://repo.skype.com/latest/skypeforlinux-64.deb
--2020-09-08 21:29:03-- https://repo.skype.com/latest/skypeforlinux-64.deb
Resolving repo.skype.com (repo.skype.com)…, 2600:1403:8400:1ae::1263, 2600:1403:8400:189::1263
Connecting to repo.skype.com (repo.skype.com)||:443… connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
Length: 84097512 (80M) [application/x-debian-package]
Saving to: ‘skypeforlinux-64.deb’
skypeforlinux-64.deb 100%[=====================================================================================>] 80.20M 1.08MB/s in 82s
2020-09-08 21:30:26 (998 KB/s) - ‘skypeforlinux-64.deb’ saved [84097512/84097512]

When you download it, you can start the installation with the following command:

sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Note, selecting 'skypeforlinux' instead of './skypeforlinux-64.deb'
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/84.1 MB of archives.
After this operation, 303 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 /home/angelo/skypeforlinux-64.deb skypeforlinux amd64 [84.1 MB]
Selecting previously unselected package skypeforlinux.
(Reading database … 390006 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack …/angelo/skypeforlinux-64.deb …
Unpacking skypeforlinux ( …
Setting up skypeforlinux ( …
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.62) …
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) …
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.31.4-3) …
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-4) …

Then, you can launch it from the main menu.

1.- Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 10
1.- Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 10

Now all you have to do is to log in and use Skype as a tool.

Enjoy it.


Skype still has many followers in the world and that’s why even Linux users need to use it. Fortunately Microsoft has a package ready for Ubuntu 20.04 and Debian 10

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