3 Ways to Install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop

This tutorial is going to show you 3 ways to install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 desktop: install Skype from snap store, install Skype from official repository and install Skype from Flathub. Skype for Linux now supports the following features:

  • Group text chat and audio calls
  • One-to-one and group video calls (camera needed)
  • Calling a phone number (mobile and landlines) with Skype Credit
  • The ability to send files and photos
  • web link preview: show a preview of the content in URL
  • Youtube video preview
  • @mention notifications

Please note that only 64 bit OS is supported by Skype for Linux edition.

How to Install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 from Snap Store

Snap is a Linux app packaging format developed by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. It aims to solve the fragmentation problem of Linux package format. This means developers only need to package the software once and it will run on all Linux distributions that supports Snap, like Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, Fedora, OpenSUSE and even OpenWRT.  Snap enables developers to push software update quickly to end users. Snap also allows you to easily downgrade a package to a previous version if you ever desire to do so.

Skype is in the snap store. To install it, open the Ubuntu Software application

ubuntu software

and search for Skype.

skype snap ubuntu 18.04

Select Skype and click Install button.

skype snap store

Installing software on Linux to a system folder requires root privilege, so you need to enter your password.

skype ubuntu 18.04 snap package

Once the installation complete, you can lunch Skype from your application menu. For those who love command line, Skype can also be easily installed on Ubuntu 18.04 by issuing the following command.

sudo snap install skype --classic

Snap packages are installed to the /snap/ directory. Once it’s installed, you can start Skype from application menu or by running this command:

/snap/bin/skype

Snap packages are automatically updated in the background, so when a new version of Skype comes out, you don’t need to enter any commands. Just boot up your Ubuntu 18.04 system, it will be automatically upgraded, but you can also manually update it by running:

sudo snap refresh

To remove the Skype snap, run

sudo snap remove skype

How to Install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 from Official Repository

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.

skype ubuntu 18.04

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.

How to Install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 from Flathub

Flathub is a software repository for flatpak packages. Flatpak is a Linux app package format similar to Snap. First we need to install the flatpak tool.

sudo apt install flatpak

Then add the Flathub repository.

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Next, install the Skype client.

flatpak install flathub com.skype.Client

Note that sudo is not need to install Flatpak pacakges.

flatpak install skype

Once installed, you can start Skype from application menu, or use the following command.

flatpak run com.skype.Client

To remove the Skype Flatpak package, run

flatpak uninstall com.skype.Client

I hope this tutorial helped you install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 desktop. As always, if you found this post useful, then subscribe to our free newsletter to get more tips and tricks. Take care.

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4 Responses to “3 Ways to Install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop

  • I like this tutorial, thanks, but please don’t forget that it can be installed through the GUI as well. In my experience people new to Linux are often scared of Linux because they think that everything has to be done with commands through the terminal and when most websites are only showing how to do stuff through the terminal (because terminal is usually the same across desktops) it just makes that myth grow. So please remember to show GUI install also. Thanks!

  • Thomas Lee
    3 months ago

    This is a great tutorial on how to install skype for ubuntu step by step. thank Xiao Guo-An a lot.

  • Hi Xiao,
    Nice tutorial, very complete with the inclusion of the different flavours, snap and flatpack.
    However, wanted to drop you a quick line with a head up for you (and others here) that the skypeforlinux package is (still) troubled with some considerable bugs/ issues. For example the users of various webcams, like for example LogiTech (even the high end biz C920) notice that their cams are not recognised (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/all/logitech-c920-no-longer-detected-in-skypeforlinux/3af20be0-0460-4bd4-b77c-58208b3be599). Support from MicroSoft is… lacking considerably there. Also, skypeforlinux is installing permissions for itself without user consultation and grabbing access to resources which most would rate as “questionable”. If apparmor is engaged, skypeforlinux then stops functoning…
    Oh, and it does NOT help linux users further who would like to communicate with business partners that are using Skype for Business.

    I suppose what I try to highlight is that unfortunately the skypeforlinux package is far from matured, helpful, and maybe even desirable.

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