Install Skype for Linux App on Ubuntu 18.10 / 18.04 | 16.04 Desktops

I recently installed the [BETA] version of Ubuntu 18.10 on my desktop computer to test my apps…. For students and new users looking for help installing Skype on Ubuntu desktops, the steps below should come in handy…

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 18.10 / 18.04 and 16.04 desktop….. Skype is a very popular free VOIP software used to make free Skype-to-Skype calls and text to stay in touch with friends and family.

A Linux version of Skype was recently updated.. and this adds some new features including, enhanced user interface, cloud-based group chat experience, PulseAudio support and file transfer improvements across multiple devices and bunch of other fixes.

If you still using an older version of Skype, you may want to upgrade to take advantage of some of the latest features included with the new version….

To install or upgrade Skype, select either option below…. The two options below should get Skype installed on your desktop… Option #1 is using Skype repository to install… and option #2 is using Snap package management to get it added to Ubuntu…

Either option should work fine….

Option #1: Install Skype from Repository

To install or upgrade, make sure you don’t already have previous versions installed. To get rid of Skype on Ubuntu, run the commands below… if you don’t already have Skype installed, then skip this step below…

sudo apt-get purge skypeforlinux && sudo apt-get autoremove

Now that Skype is uninstalled, run the commands below to install a required package that Skype needs in order to install on Ubuntu…

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y

Next, run the commands below to add Skype repository to Ubuntu. If curl isn’t installed, you may want to run sudo apt-get install curl before running the commands below or you may get an error the curl is not installed.

sudo apt-get install curl
curl | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

Finally, run the commands below to install Skype

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux -y

Congratulations! You’ve just install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 18.10 /18.04 / 16.04

Skype for Linux Ubuntu install

Option #2: Install Skype via Snap

If the option above didn’t work for you… you can also install Skype via Snap package management….  This might be the quickest way to install Skype…

Snaps are applications packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build…. They update automatically and roll back gracefully…

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install skype --classic

That’s it!


This post shows students and new users how to install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 18.10 / 18.04 and 16.04….. Skype is a free VOIP software that allows users to make free Skype to Skype calls and text. It also have a feature that make calls to phone lines, but that is a paid feature.

Remember, all Skype version 4.3 and previous are expired and no longer supported by Microsoft. If you haven’t upgraded, it’s time to do so.

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