Install Skype in Linux Mint

Skype for Linux lets you make video and audio calls to your friends and family members. It is cross platform software available for all major operating systems and smartphones. You can install Skype on your Linux Mint PC in one of the two ways:

Skype for Linux

Install Skype on Linux Mint

METHOD I. GUI way via Software Center

Skype for Linux is included in the Linux Mint’s Software Manager. Click ‘Menu’, type ‘Software Manager’ in the search box and launch it.

Launch Software Manager
Launch Software Manager

Search for ‘Skype’ in the Software Manager’s search box. Click on ‘Skype’ and hit the install button. That’s it! You can launch Skype from the Applications.

Skype in Software Manager
Skype in Software Manager

METHOD II: By Command-line way

If you are used to command-line way, then Terminal is the way to go. Launch ‘Terminal’ and type the following command:

sudo apt-get install skype

You must enter root password to proceed with installation.Pay attention to the progress in the terminal. You also need to enter ‘Y’ when prompted.

That’s it. You can now launch Skype from Applications.

Skype for Linux
Skype for Linux

Kiran Kumar
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  1. Thank you Kiran,
    Excellent info in disk/io
    I would like to see something on debugging tools when Linux Hangs. Linux Mint 18.2/Ubuntu 18
    Nemo on Linux mint freezes often after copying 40-50GB but nobody has an answer when Linux Freezes, entirely. In this case I know it is Linux Mint NEMO doing disk copying of 200,000+ files from USB 30. connected 1TB Western Digital SSD, to a new clean external USB 3.0 6TB 7,200RPM Hitachi drive. All Linux bistros (except IBM’s) seem to be missing a “Missing Interrupt Handler” (MIH). This component gets control in the Kernei when a I/O takes way too long to complete and the task is hung. MIH is a very important component of all IBM Operating systems. It originated in their mainframe OS way back when. This is why IBM OS’s, including their Linux versions, NEVER HANG. Any Ideas on any debugging software that can monitor stuff like this?

  2. @don wilson, same here. I cannot get Skype to work for my 32bit machine, either with apt or with snap. It returns a message saying that it cannot find the apt skype package.


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