How to install Skype on Debian 9 Stretch Linux 64-bit


The following article provides you with a simple to follow procedure on how to install video chat and voice call application Skype on Debian 9 Stretch.


Privileged access to your Debian 9 Stretch Linux system is required.




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  • $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user


Enable i386 Architecture

Skype requires i386 architecture enabled on your system.

# dpkg --add-architecture i386
# apt-get update

Install Prerequisites

If you have not done so yet, install gdebi command which is a great tool to install l packages and their dependencies:

# apt-get install gdebi

Next, download and install libssl v1.0.0 library as part of the Skype dependency:

$ wget -q

Install previously downloaded libssl package:

# gdebi libssl1.0.0_1.0.1t-1+deb8u5_i386.deb 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree        
Reading state information... Done
Reading state information... Done
Requires the installation of the following packages: gcc-6-base:i386 libc6:i386 libgcc1:i386 

Secure Sockets Layer toolkit - shared libraries
 This package is part of the OpenSSL project's implementation of the SSL
 and TLS cryptographic protocols for secure communication over the
 It provides the libssl and libcrypto shared libraries.
Do you want to install the software package? [y/N]:y

Download and Install Skype

Download the Skype Debian package:

$ wget -O skype-install.deb

Lastly, use gdebi to install skype along with all its dependencies:

# gdebi skype-install.deb 
Wherever you are, wherever they are
 Skype keeps you together. Call, see, message and share with others.
  * It's free to download and join.
  * Call, instant message and send photos and documents to anyone else on Skype.
  * And with a webcam you can catch up face-to-face with a video call.
  * Call mobiles and landlines worldwide at low rates.
  * Easily text message anywhere in the world.
  * Get your friends together on a conference call.
 And that's just the start...
Do you want to install the software package? [y/N]:y

If the above Skype installation completed successfully, you can start Skype from the command line with:

$ skype

or from your GUI start menu.

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