How to Install Skype in Ubuntu

How to Install Skype in Ubuntu


Skype is one of the most popular VoIP / telephony software that is available. Skype is used to make free calls, video chat and text chat with other users. There’s also paid service on Skype that lets you make calls to overseas at a cheap rate. Skype is available on many platforms including Ubuntu, Windows, Mac OS X, Android, IOS etc. 

According to the official website of Skype, “Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.”

You can read more about Skype at

This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to install Skype on Ubuntu. To follow this tutorial, you need to have the following requirements:

  • A computer with Ubuntu operating system installed.
  • Good internet connection to download the required software packages from the internet.
  • Basic knowledge of Ubuntu terminal. With basic I mean, how to open a terminal on Ubuntu and how to execute commands.

Let’s get started. 

Step 1: First go to the official website of Skype at with Mozilla Firefox or any of your favorite web browsers to download the Skype binary package.

Once the page loads, click on “Choose your distribution” drop down menu.


Select “Ubuntu 12.04 (multiarch)”.


Once you select it, your download should start immediately. Click on “Save File” and click on “Ok” to save it to your file system.


The download will start and depending on your internet connection, it might take a while.

Step 2: Once the download is complete, open your Ubuntu terminal and type in the following command and press Enter.

“sudo dpkg -i Downloads/skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb”

You will be prompted for the password. Type in your logged in user password and press Enter.


You will see lots of errors. Don’t freak out. It’s because Skype packages requires a lot of other packages to function correctly. So we need to install all the packages that skype needs.


Step 3: To resolve all the dependencies, type in the following command on your Ubuntu terminal and press Enter.

You will be prompted to confirm the installation process. Press y and press Enter to continue.


The package download should start. Wait till it finishes. It might take a while depending on the speed of your internet connection.

Step 4:Once the installation is complete, go to the Unity dash and search for Skype as shown in the screenshot below.


Click on the skype icon and Skype should start.

Once Skype starts, you will see the “Terms of Use” window. Click on “I agree”.


You will see the welcome screen of Skype.


Now you just need to login to Skype. That’s all. Have fun with your Ubuntu and Skype.