Install / Upgrade Skype on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10

Looking for help installing Skype? This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10 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.

Also, Skype version 4.3 and all previous versions have already expired… so if you haven’t upgraded to the latest versions, it’s time to do so. Just follow the guide below to get the latest version of Skype installed.

To install or upgrade Skype, use the steps below

Step 1: Uninstall all Previous Versions

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

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

Step 2: Installing / Upgrade Skype

Now that Skype is uninstalled, run the commands below to install a required package that Skype needs.

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

Then 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 17.04 /17.10

skype for linux install


This post shows students and new users how to install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10. 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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14 Replies to “Install / Upgrade Skype on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10”

  1. Thanks for instructions, I tried different instructions for install and none worked until now.

  2. Thank you, the instructions created an executable file, but it did not show up in the applications or software center. I was able to do a file search for the executable file and run it from there. I am using Ubuntu 17.10 and your directions were critical in updating Skype. The keypad now works correctly.

  3. Skype worked after install one time, but after a reboot only the CREATE NEW ACCOUNT WAS OFFERED. I put in my phone number and it found my account and then tole me to sign in on my account; I clicked that choice and was taken back to the signup screen. Cannot sign in or use Skype.

  4. Great thanks for that. 1 small problem that I cant get my head around- there is no shortcut created, Its not listed in the apps, in terminal it wont run from command, in fact I cant find it anywhere, it runs at startup but if I close it then I have to reboot the system to run it again.

  5. $ sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux -y
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package skypeforlinux

    Did anything happen in the last days?

  6. I have 32-bit lubuntu 17.04 and the same problem. When i wrote code in terminal i saw that in penultimate step is [arch=amd64] and then i knew that it’s gonna be a problem. I tried to change it at [arch=amd32] but it doesn’t work.

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