How to install Skype 5.0 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Pradeep Kumar

I am a huge fan of open source and love to share How To's tutorials on Linux, Cloud and DevOps. I have been working as Linux Consultant, Cloud & DevOps Engineer since 2010

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10 Responses

  1. Tomas says:

    Does Skype 5.0 still require to use ia32-libs under amd64 architecture?

  2. Jack says:

    Don’t forget to uninstall skype, unfortunatly they have changed the name from skype to skypeforlinux, so it does not automatically do this :(.

  3. jimbuntu says:

    it doesn’t work on linuxmint sonya 32 bit (it was replacing windows xp, with Intel® Core™2 CPU T5500 @ 1.66GHz × 2 ; RAM 1Gb).
    Skype 5.0 needs 64 bit OS & machines.

  4. Doug B says:

    Download Skype with the Gdebi package installer and all you need to do is enter your Linux password. Too easy!

  5. Vasilliki Baskos says:

    How do you keep skype updated?

  6. spudit2003 says:

    Thanks – my skype stopped working a few weeks back – had issues uninstalling, and then couldnt get even open the page in software manager – this worked perfectly – and i now have a much more usable skype!

  7. randall says:

    I found the instructions difficult to follow since they are working with .deb files but the only thing I can download are .rpm files.
    I don’t use Debian directly, but only through Linux Mint. How to I get the Gdebi package installer and will this work with .rpm files or must I use .deb files.

    • Hi Randall,

      You can’t install .rpm package on debian like OS, rpm package can only be installed on OS like Red Hat, CentOS & Fedora. To install rpm package. use rpm command like “rpm -ivh rpm_pakage_name”, there is no need to install Gdebi as well on rpm based OS.

      Since this article is all about on how to install skype on Linux Mint and Ubuntu that’s why i have used .deb package.

      • randall says:

        Thanks for the reply, Pradeep, problem solved. GDebi and .deb files work fine under Linux Mint, but I didn’t know it.

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