How to install Skype for Linux in elementary OS

Skype is a proprietary telecommunications app operated by Skype Technologies, a division of Microsoft, well-known for videoconferencing, videotelephony, and voice calls. The software supports file transfer, debt-based calls to landlines, instant messaging, and mobile telephones (traditional telephone networks). Skype is a cross-platform software available on various desktop video games console platforms, mobile, Linux, Windows, and macOS.

Let us touch on some features that make this app an ideal communication solution.

Top 10 features of Skype

  • Meetings management.
  • Customized participant views.
  • Polling when making a final call on a certain topic.
  • Broadcasting.
  • It allows recording.
  • Guest Account.
  • Public Switched Telephone Network Conferencing(PSTN).
  • Meeting Lobby.
  • Meeting content retention.
  • Allows PowerPoint presentations.

Installing Skype for Linux in elementary OS

This article will solely focus on how to install Skype on Linux, specifically, the elementary OS. Elementary OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distro designed to be simple to understand and pick up as a newbie. Here are the three methods that this post will cover:

  • Using the Debian package
  • Via Snap
  • Using GUI

Let us get started!

Method 1: How to install Skype on the elementary OS from the Debian package

First, open the console by typing “Ctrl+Alt+T” keyboard combinations. After that, run the following wget command to aid in downloading the Skype official Debian package:

wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
download deb file
Download deb file

Next, update the apt cache as it is one recommended step to do before installing any new application:

sudo apt update
update system
update system

In case there are packages to upgrade, like in our case, 442, run the following command: Otherwise, skip this step:

sudo apt upgrade
upgrade system
upgrade system

Now proceed further and type the below-given command to aid in the setup process:

sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb
install command
install command

At this point, the Skype application should be appended to your elementary system. You can now update and upgrade the recently installed skype repo by issuing the following command:

sudo apt update
update system
update system
Next, let us take you via the second approach in which we will display how to install Skype on the elementary using snap.

Method 2: How to install Skype on elementary via Snap

Snap is a package controller that maintains the related dependencies and latest versions of apps. As such, we will, in this section, utilize the snap package manager to set up Skype as a snap app. To set up a snap, in case you don’t have one, run the following command:
sudo apt install snapd
install snapd
install snapd

After that, proceed and install skype using the following:

sudo snap install skype --classic
snap install skype
Snap install skype

The “from skype-checked installed” verifies a successful installation which can also be proved using the following command:

sudo snap info skype
skype info
skype info

And that should manage it!

If you are not a terminal fanatic, here is the graphical installation format that should keep you going.

Method 3: How to install Skype on elementary OS using GUI

The approaches mentioned earlier use the command line for installation purposes, but here is how you can do the same in a more user-friendly environment.

First, download Skype from the official website. Once you click the given link, you will be redirected to Skype’s official download page, where you will see “Skype for Desktop,” made available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Click on the “Get Skype for Linux DEB,” which is picked by default depending on the OS, and the download will begin:

Official website
Official website

Download progress:

download progress
Download progress

Next, install Eddy, a simplistic Debian packager installer that you can manually use to install standalone .deb packages. Eddy is equivalent to Ubuntu’s Gdebi Debian package installer.

How to Install Eddy

To do this, click on “Applications” on the top-left desktop, which will invoke the display of all apps installed on your elementary OS; After that, locate the App center and click on it to open it:

click applications
click applications

On the App center, you should see a filtering search bar on the top-right of the application. Use it to search for “eddy,” as shown below:

search for eddy
Search for eddy

After clicking the eddy application, it will be, by default, open on the $5 purchase mode as shown below:

by default
by default

If you want to donate, that is good, but here is how you can get the app for free.

First, click on the down-arrow key in front of the $5. This will pop a purchasing trend:

purchase trend
purchase trend

Go ahead and click on the (-) sign till you see (0) free. After that, click on the “Free” button to initiate the download process for Eddy.

till 0
till 0

During the setup, an authentication window will pop up; type in your PCs password and hit the “Authenticate” button as shown here:

authentication window
authentication window

Once the setup is done, navigate to the Downloads folder and locate Skype .DEB file as shown below:

skype deb file
Skype deb file

Right-click on the application; Several options will appear; select “Open in eddy” as highlighted below:

open in eddy
Open in eddy

The eddy application will open once you click the “Open in eddy” option. Then you will see an install button in front of the Skype deb file; click on it to initiate the installation process.

click on install
Click on install

An authentication window will again pop up; type in your password and hit the “Authentication” button as shown below:

authentication 2
authentication

Installation progress:

install progress
install progress

And there it is!

After the installation is done, start up the application by typing in the following command:

skype
or
/snap/bin/skype
open skype
open skype

Alternatively, we can also launch the application from the pantheon menu.

To do this, go to the “Applications” button and look for Skype, as shown below. Click on it to launch it.

launch skype
launch skype

On the first launch, you will be ushered with a “Welcome to Skype” window: Click on “Let’s go” to proceed:

click on let's go
Click on let’s go

Next, you will be requested to log into skype with a Skype name or a Microsoft account. Sign in to your account, then click “Next.”

sign in window
Sign in window

After that, you will be offered a profile picture window, where you can upload your photo for recognition. After that, click on “Continue.”

profile picture
profile picture

Next is the audio test window where you can do a dry check on your audio before attending meetings or calls:

test audio
test audio

After that, click “Continue,” and you should be able to start chatting with your friends and family on Skype!

welcome window
Welcome window

If you want to do away with this app for one reason or another, here are the steps.

How to uninstall Skype using the GUI

First, click “Applications” and look for the recently installed Eddy application.

search for eddy
Search for eddy

After that, click on “View Previously installed applications”:

select the second choice
Select the second choice

Which will open up all the applications you just installed, including Skype. On the right side of the opened window, you will see a red highlight of the “Uninstall” button. Click on it to uninstall the application.

click on uninstall
Click on Uninstall

And you are done!

How to uninstall skype using the synaptic package manager

If you have the synaptic package manager, you can use it to uninstall just like you can do it using the “AppCenter.” Most programs installed via Synaptic package manager are listed in “AppCenter.” But still, we recommend using the synaptic manager as it gives the option to delete the installed programs.

To uninstall Skype using this application, click on the Synaptic package manager and search for the program name in the “Quick filter,” select Skype and click on “Mark for complete removal.”

select
select “Mark for complete removal.”

Then click on “Apply.”

click on apply
Click on apply

And there it is!

For the terminal fanatics, here are the steps to follow.

How to uninstall Skype using the terminal

To uninstall the software using the terminal, use the following syntax:

sudo snap remove <package name> && sudo apt-get autoremove

Where:

sudo snap remove skype && sudo apt-get autoremove
remove skype
remove skype

And that is it!

Conclusion

Skype is a robust application for sending and receiving messages, sharing files, and making video and audio calls. This article has covered the steps involved in installing, launching, and uninstalling Skype from your elementary system; we believe it was educative enough. You can also learn about the Top 10 free cloud services for Linux: Otherwise, keep following FOSSLinux for more.

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