Install Skype 5.0 for Linux beta in Ubuntu, elementary OS, and Linux Mint

Skype 5.0 for Linux beta is now available for download. It brings in much awaited video calling support and screen sharing feature. Though it is still in beta, I have tested it personally and found to be stable. It is a must upgrade for those who are still on Skype 4.3 alpha build.

Note that you can’t upgrade Skype 4.3 alpha build to Skype 5.0 beta. When you install Skype 5.0 beta, you will still be able to use Skype 4.3 alpha. I believe this comes as an advantage – you can try out the beta and see if everything works for you.

Skype 5.0 for Linux Beta
Skype 5.0 for Linux Beta

Install Skype 5.0 Beta in Ubuntu, elementary OS, and Linux Mint

Elementary OS Loki users must first enable PPA before proceeding further. Skype is available in .deb binary package. I suggest to use gdebi to install Skype via Terminal.

STEP 1: Launch ‘Terminal’.

STEP 2: Enter the following command to install gdebi package installer.

sudo apt-get install gdebi-core

Enter root password to complete gdebi installation.

STEP 3: Now you can install Skype. We shall use the wget command to download the latest version.


STEP 4: Use gdebi command to install the downloaded .deb binary package.

sudo gdebi skype*.deb

STEP 5: Enter root password when prompted.

That’s it! Good luck with the new Skype. Did you like it? Do let us know in comments below.

Kiran Kumar
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