Skype is one of the most popular communication applications in the world. It is cross-platform, available on Windows, Linux, and macOS. With Skype, you can make free online audio and video calls, and international calling to mobiles and landlines worldwide.
Skype is not an open-source application, and it is not included in the standard Ubuntu repositories.
In this article, you will learn how to install Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Mint20 Linux.
Installing Skype as a Snap Package
Launch a terminal by pressing CTRL+ALT+T on your Ubuntu system. Then type below command to install Skype from snap packages.
$ sudo snap install skype --classic
This will take few seconds to complete the installation. Once the command finishes, you can start using Skype.
Install Skype with Debian Package
The official Skype website contains different packages for different distributions. As we want to install Skype on Ubuntu, we will download the .deb package.
To download the .deb package of Skype from the official website, use the following command:
$ wget https://repo.skype.com/latest/skypeforlinux-64.deb
The package downloaded via wget command will be saved to your Home dircetory.
To install the Skype .deb package, use the Dpkg command, as follows:
$ sudo dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb
Now, Skype will be successfully installed on your system.
$ sudo apt-get install -f
You have successfully installed Skype on Ubuntu system. To start the Skype application, search for Skype launcher under the applications.
When you start Skype for the first time, a window like the following will appear:
From here, you can sign in to Skype with your Microsoft Account and start chatting and talking with your friends and family.
This article explained how to install the most popular communication tool on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system both using the GUI and the command line. You may use any of these ways to install the Skype program, based on your preferences and ease of installation.