How Do I Install the latest version of Skype on my Ubuntu System?

Summary: This article takes you through installing the latest version of Skype on your Dell PC running the Ubuntu operating system.

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The following article provides information about the Skype application. It is free to use software, that allows you to make calls over the Internet using your computer. It includes voice and video conferencing calls. We show how to install it on a PC using the Ubuntu operating system.


Table of Contents:

  1. What is Skype and why would you install it on an Ubuntu system?
  2. How to remove any previous versions of Skype
  3. How to install the latest version of Skype for your Ubuntu version

 

What is Skype and why would you install it on an Ubuntu system?

 

Skype is free to use Software from Microsoft that allows you to make calls over the Internet using your computer. This includes voice and video conferencing. It is useful for both personal and business needs.

While Microsoft has made Skype available for free to Linux users. (In addition to it main customer base who uses the Windows operating systems.) The software is not open source and is proprietary to the Microsoft corporation. They provide a download link as this software is not available on Ubuntu by default. It is always a good idea to keep updating to the latest revision as it becomes available.

This guide will take you through getting rid of any previous versions on your system. Which you should do when installing the latest version available for your version of Ubuntu.

SLN136015_en_US__1icon Note: Be aware this article only deals with Skype, not Skype for Business (Formerly Lync). Skype for Business is part of the Microsoft Office Suite.


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How to remove any previous versions of Skype

 

SLN136015_en_US__1icon Note: Do you have an older version of Skype that is installed on your system? You need to remember and clear the old Skype folder before installing the latest version on your PC.

For Systems running 14.04

  1. The first step is to run the following removal commands from Terminal. (CTRL+ALT+DEL will open Terminal in most Ubuntu builds)

Sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin:i386 skype:i386
Sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386

  1. Then you want to remove the old Skype folder using the command:

rm -rf ~/.Skype

For systems running 16.04 and newer

  1. The first step is to open Synaptic Package Manager and search for Skype.

  2. Right-click on it and select Mark for Removal or Mark for Complete Removal.

  3. Apply the changes.


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How to install the latest version of Skype for your Ubuntu version

 

The Skype download was recently added to the Snap Store for 16.04 and newer versions. Skype is only supported now from version 14.04.

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(Fig.1 Snap Shop)

The Skype download is as always still available from the Skype Website.

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(Fig.2 Skype Website)

SLN136015_en_US__1icon Note: At the time, of writing this article Skype 4.3 was retired on the July 1, 2017 and is no longer available or supported.

For systems running 14.04

 

The capability to install from snaps commands was only supported on 14.04, but the GUI (Graphical User Interface) is not. Use the following instructions:

  1. Open a terminal window

    • The keyboard shortcut CTRL/Alt/Del will open the terminal in most Ubuntu builds.

  2. Type in the following commands followed by hitting the Enter key after each line:

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install snapd
    sudo snap install skype -- classic

The default way to install Skype is to go to their own download page:

  1. Open an Internet browser and go to the Skype website SLN136015_en_US__6iC_External_Link_BD_v1

  2. Download the Linux DEB file

  3. You can double-click the file or right click on the file and select open with Software Center and click Install

  4. You can use Search or pin the application to the sidebar for future use

For systems 16.04 and newer

 

The next few steps will take you through installing Skype as a snap package from the Snap Store:

  1. Open the Snap Store:

    • Open an Internet browser and go to the Snap Store SLN136015_en_US__6iC_External_Link_BD_v1

    • Or you can open the Ubuntu Software Center

  2. You can search for the Skype package or select it from the featured apps

  3. Double-Click on the Skype icon to install the package

The following instructions take you through installing from snaps using terminal commands:

  1. Open a terminal window

    • The keyboard shortcut CTRL/Alt/Del will open the terminal in most Ubuntu builds.

  2. Type in the following commands followed by hitting the Enter key after each line:

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install snapd
    sudo snap install skype -- classic

The default way to install Skype is to go to their own download page:

  1. Open an Internet browser and go to the Skype website SLN136015_en_US__6iC_External_Link_BD_v1

  2. Download the Linux DEB file

  3. You can double-click the file or right click on the file and select open with Software Center and click Install

  4. You can use Search or pin the application to the sidebar for future use


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Additional Information:

 

SLN136015_en_US__1icon Note: Software support is by Canonical through the following methods:
Technical Support is provided by Dell:


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Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS, Fixed Workstations

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021

Version

3

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