How to Install Skype on Ubuntu [3 Simple Ways]

install skype on ubuntu

Skype is one of the popular communication application owned by Microsoft. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other mobile devices. You can use it for chatting, audio and video call also sharing files and your screen. By using credit you can send text messages (SMS) or make phone calls direct to mobile and landline numbers. Skype can be installed on smart devices or can be accessed from a web browser too.

In this article,  we are going to install skype on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and launch it. If you are going to install in your system do follow any of the methods.

  1. Using snap repository
  2. Using APT repository ( Microsoft official)
  3. From Ubuntu Software center

Using snap store

Skype is available in snap store and managed by Microsoft themselves.  First, install snap store in your system using the following command.

sudo apt install snapd

Now install skype by running the following command,

sudo snap install skype --classic

Using apt repository

Microsoft makes Skype available in its official repository to download. First, download it using wget command.


Now just install the downloaded deb package using apt or dpkg package management tool.

sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb


sudo dpkg –i skypeforlinux-64.deb

From Software center

You can install Skype from the Ubuntu software center. Search for Ubuntu software and click on it as shown below.

Search for Ubuntu Software
Search "Ubuntu Software"

Now search 'Skype' on the search box, then from the list choose Skype.

Search Skype
Search Skype

Just hit "Install". This will download skype and install it on your system.

Click on install
Click on "Install"

Launch skype

To open or launch skype, you just search "skype" and click on it.

Launch Skype
Launch Skype

Provide login id and password to sign in. If you don't have just click on "Create one".

Sign in or sign up Skype account
Login or signup Skype account

Remove Skype

If you don't like skype or for any reason you want to remove it, enter the following command:-

sudo apt-get --purge remove skypeforlinux -y


If you have installed using the snap store, you need to run the following command

sudo snap remove skype -y


If you don't have access to the desktop app, you can still connect to skype from a Chrome or Edge browser. Simply log in to from the browser and enjoy skype functionality.

In this article, we learned how to install skype on  Ubuntu 20.04. This same procedure should work on previous versions such as Ubuntu 18.04. If you got any problems during the installation, please leave us a comment below.

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