Skype can be installed in Linux using a terminal command, software center or a DEB or RPM file. We’ll show you how to do this here.

Install Skype via Terminal (with APT)

In Debian-based Linux distributions you can install Skype with the following terminal commands:

  1. wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
  2. sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb

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Confirm the installation and enter your password where required.

Install Skype using the software center

  1. Open the software center of your Linux distribution.
  2. Type in the search field skype a.
  3. You will probably see several Skype entries now. We recommend the standard version or the flat hub version.
  4. Click on Skype and install the program using the associated button.
Linux Mint: Here you install Skype.  Image: GIGA
Linux Mint: Here you install Skype. Image: GIGA

Install Skype with DEB or RPM file

Microsoft also officially provides DEB and RPM files to install Skype in the appropriate Linux distributions:

  1. Opens the website: skype.com/de/get-skype/download-skype-for-desktop
  2. You can use the button to download the DEB or RPM file.
  3. Debian-based operating systems such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint use the DEB file. Operating systems such as openSUSE or “Red Hat Enterprise Linux” use the RPM file.
  4. Double click on the file to install it.
You can also download and install Skype from the Skype website.  Image: GIGA
You can also download and install Skype from the Skype website. Image: GIGA

Start Skype in Linux

Open the start menu, the dash or the activities menu – depending on which Linux distribution you are using. Now click on the Skype symbol to start Messenger. Alternatively, you can simply search for Skype on the keyboard with the menu open. Sign in with your Skype account. Then you can start chatting.

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