Skype is not installed by default on Linux operating systems. This article will teach you how to install Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS OS using different methods. If you’re using an older version of Ubuntu, you can follow the same commands and procedures to install Skype. We will use the following methods:
- Install Skype using the Ubuntu software (GUI)
- Install Skype via Snap Store (GUI)
- Install Skype from the official website (command line)
Note: You need Sudo permissions to install the Skype package on your system.
Install Skype using the Ubuntu software (GUI)
Installing Skype from the Ubuntu Software Center is very easy. Follow these simple steps to install Skype on Ubuntu using Software Center:
Open the Ubuntu Software Center by searching for it from the Activities search bar.
When the Ubuntu Software Center opens, click the search icon in the top left corner and type in skype. Select the Skype application from the list of search results.
Press the To install Button to start the installation process.
This will bring up the following authentication dialog box. Enter the password for your user account and click on Authenticate Button.
The installation will now begin. You will see the following window showing the progress of the installation process in real time.
The installation process will take a while depending on your internet speed. Once you are done, you will see the following view indicating that Skype is now installed on your system.
Install Skype from Snap Package (command line)
Skype is also available as a snap package. Snap is an application with all the necessary dependencies and libraries. To install a Snap package, Snap must be installed on your system. The snap is already installed in Ubuntu 16.04 and higher. In case this package is missing on your system, you can install it with the following command in the terminal:
To install the Skype snap package just enter the following command in the terminal:
The above output shows that the Skype application was successfully installed on the system.
Install Skype from the official website (command line)
In this method, we will download the Skype .deb package from the official Skype website and install the program using the dpkg package manager. Follow the steps below to download and install Skype.
Step 1: Download the .deb package for Skype
The Skype official website contains different packages for different distributions. Since we want to install Skype on Ubuntu, we will download the .deb package.
To download the Skype .deb package from the official website, use the following command:
The package downloaded using the wget command is saved in your home directory.
Step 2: Install Skype with the dpkg package manager
In this step we will install the Skype .deb package that we downloaded in the previous step using the dpkg package manager. To install the Skype .deb package, use the dpkg command like this:
Skype will now be successfully installed on your system.
To start Skype, press the super key on your keyboard and type Skype. As soon as the icon for Skype appears, click on the icon to start the program.
Alternatively, you can start Skype with the following command in Terminal:
After Skype has started you will see the following window. click on the let’s go Button and you can sign in or create a new account if you don’t already have one.
This article has explained how to install the most popular communication tool on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system using both the GUI and the command line. You can install the Skype program in either of these ways, depending on your preference and the ease of installation.