The objective of this guide is to install Skype, the video chat and voice calls application on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install Skype using snap
  • How to download and install Skype using the official Skype Debian package
  • How to start Skype
Skype in Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
Skype in Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software Skype
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to install Skype in Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions

Install using Snap

  1. From the terminal execute the following command:
    $ sudo snap install skype --classic
    skype 8.55.0.135 from Skype✓ installed
    

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  3. Use the Activities menu to search for Skype application to and click on the relevant icon to start the Skype.
    Start Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
    Start Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
  4. Alternatively, start the Skype application from the command line:
    $ skype
    

Skype installation from Official package

  1. First step is to download the official Skype package. Open up the terminal and run:
    $ wget -O ~/skype.deb https://repo.skype.com/latest/skypeforlinux-64.deb
    


  2. Install the Skype package downloaded in the previous step by using the dpkg command:
    $ dpkg -i ~/skype.deb
    
  3. To start the Skype application execute the following command:
    $ skypeforlinux
    
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