How To Install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04

It’s really easy to install Skype on Ubuntu. Open up a terminal window and run the following command to add Skype Linux client repository to your system. You will need to enter your password.

echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

Then use the following two commands to fetch and install Skype public key so that APT package manager can verify the integrity of downloaded packages from this repo.

wget https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY 

sudo apt-key add SKYPE-GPG-KEY

Since this repository is using HTTPS protocol, we also need to install the apt-transport-https package.

sudo apt install apt-transport-https

Now all left to do is to update our software source and install skypeforlinux package, which is around 69 MB of size.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install skypeforlinux

Once installed, you can start Skype for Linux from application menu or use the command below.

skypeforlinux

Once you are logged in, you can start using Skype.

install skype on ubuntu 16.04

When a new Skype for Linux version comes out, simply run sudo apt update and sudo apt upgrade command to update to the latest version.

I hope this tutorial helped you install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04 desktop.

Also read: How To Install qTox Messenger on Linux

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10 Responses to “How To Install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04

  • Harkediansa
    2 years ago

    perfectly works! Thanks..

  • E: Unable to locate package skype

    need some help..

  • Vladyslav Kaminskyi
    1 month ago

    Package skype:i386 is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘skype:i386’ has no installation candidate

  • Nikhil Kulshrestha
    1 month ago

    E: Unable to locate package skype
    getting error

    • anders olofsson
      1 month ago

      i have exactly the same problem.

    • Bloggs
      1 month ago

      Same problem here. This article would appear to now be out-of-date

    • Hi, I updated this tutorial. The old method won’t work. Now you can install Skype from the official repository.

  • Imaginashawn
    2 weeks ago

    ‘The above command will add an APT line at the end of /etc/apt/sources.list file.’ ?
    I have no idea what that means. Maybe this is why people are having trouble.

    • Hi, I updated this tutorial. The old method won’t work. Now you can install Skype from the official repository

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