How to install Skype on Ubuntu 20.04

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Skype
is one of the most popular communication applications in the world. It’s cross-platform and available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. With Skype, you can make free online audio and video calls, as well as international calls to cell phones and landlines around the world.

Skype is not an open source application and is not included in the standard Ubuntu repositories.

This guide shows two ways to install Skype on Ubuntu 20.04. Skype can be installed as a Snap package from the Snapcraft store or as a Deb package from the Skype repositories.

Choose the installation method that works best for your environment.

Install Skype as a snap package

The Skype snap package is distributed and serviced by Microsoft.

Snaps are self-contained software packages that contain the binary file with all of the dependencies necessary to run the application. Snap packages are easy to update and secure. In contrast to the standard Deb packages, Snaps have a larger memory footprint and a longer application start time.

Snap packages can be installed either from the command line or from the Ubuntu software application.

To install the Skype Snap, open your Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:

sudo snap install skype --classic

That’s it. You have Skype installed on your Ubuntu computer and you can use it.

If the command line isn’t your thing, open up the Ubuntu software, search for “Skype” and install the application:

Whenever a new version is released, the Skype package is automatically updated in the background.

Install Skype with apt

Skype is available in the official Microsoft apt repositories. To install it, do the following:

  1. Open your terminal and Download the latest Skype
    .deb Package with the following wget
    Command:

    wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
  2. Once the download is complete, install Skype by running the following command as a user with sudo privileges:

    sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb

    You will be asked to enter your password.

During the installation process, the official Skype repository will be added to your system. When a new version is released, you can update the Skype package through your desktop standard software update tool or by running the following commands in your terminal:

sudo apt updatesudo apt upgrade

Start Skype

Enter “Skype” in the activity search bar and click the icon to launch the application.

When you start Skype for the first time, you will see a window like the following:

From here, you can sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account and chat and speak with your friends and family.

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We showed you how to install Skype on your Ubuntu 20.04 desktop.

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