Install Skype on Linux

You’ve just installed Linux on your computer and are you looking for valid programs that can replace the ones you used usually on Windows? Well, but why replace them all? By now many applications have a Linux version that works as (and sometimes better) than for Windows or Mac.

Skype it’s a clear example. The famous VoIP software owned by Microsoft can also be used on the operating system of the penguin, and today I’m here to prove it. Discover how to install Skype on Linux thanks to the informations I’m about to give you.


If you want to know how to install Skype on Linux with Ubuntu distro, the first step you need to take is to connect to the Skype website and select Ubuntu 32 bit from the drop-down menu Select your distribution to download the program on your PC.

When the download is completed open the file you just downloaded (example skype-ubuntu-lucid_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb) and click the Install button. Once there, type the password for your user account on Ubuntu and click on Authenticate to complete the installation of Skype.

Perfect! Now start the application, accept its conditions of use (click on confirm), log in using your account (Skype or Microsoft) and start talking to your friends.


If you need to install Skype on Linux and you use the Linux Mint distro, you can follow the procedure that we have just seen for Ubuntu. If you’re using Fedora have to follow a slightly different procedure.

On the 32-bit version of Fedora you have to connect to the Skype website and select 32-bit Fedora from the drop- down menu Select your distribution to download the program on your PC. Then you have to launch the installation package you just downloaded and follow the on-screen directions. On fedora 64-bit, you must open a terminal and issue the following command to install Skype :
sudo yum – y install qt- libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 x11.i686 pulseaudio – libs.i686 pulseaudio – libs- glib2.i686 alsa -plugins- pulseaudio.i686 qtwebkit.i686

Same goes for OpenSuse. For the 32-bit version of the operating system just download the software from the installation package from the Skype website, while to install the application on 64-bit systems need to run the Terminal and issue the following command (and then install the downloaded package from the Skype website ) :
su-c ‘ zypper install xorg -x11- libXv – 32bit libqt4 – 32bit libqt4 -x11- 32bit libpng12 -0- 32bit – 32bit libQtWebKit4 ‘