Getting started with Skype for Linux

Never used Skype before? Don’t worry, it’s easy to get started.

All you need to do is:

  • Join Skype - get a free account to enjoy instant messages and free calls and video calls with your friends.
  • Get Skype – download and install Skype to your computer.
  • Sign in to Skype – sign in and add your friends as contacts, then call, video call and instant message them, wherever you are.

Joining Skype

Never used Skype before? Don’t worry, you can join us by creating a new Skype account:

  1. Go to the Create an account page.
  2. Enter your name and email address.

The information that needs to be filled in on the Skype Create an account page.

  1. Enter your profile information. The more details you enter here, the easier it will be for your friends to find you on Skype.
  2. Enter a Skype Name. This is the name your friends will use to contact you on Skype.

The Skype Name fill-in box on the Skype Create an account page.

It needs to be between 6-32 characters, start with a letter and contain only letters and numbers (no spaces or special characters).

Important: After you have created your Skype Name, you cannot change it so make sure you’re happy with it.

If someone is already using the Skype Name you’ve entered, select one of the suggestions displayed or try entering a different one.

  1. Enter the password you want to use to sign in to Skype. Your password is case sensitive, needs to be between 6 and 20 characters, and it needs to contain at least one letter and one number.
  2. Enter the security words displayed in the box. This just verifies that you’re a real person.

    the security words that need to be entered on the Skype Create an account page
     
  3. Read the Skype Terms of Use and the Skype Privacy Policy, then click I agree – Continue.


You can also join Skype by signing in with your Microsoft or Facebook account.

Downloading and installing Skype for the main Linux distributions

The latest version of Skype for Linux requires QtWebKit libraries for 32-bit versions. Find your Linux distribution below and follow the instructions to download and install Skype.

Choose your version of Ubuntu and follow the steps to download and install Skype:

10.04 - 11.10 at 32-bit

  1. Download and install Skype for Ubuntu 10.04 32-bit.

10.04 - 11.10 at 64-bit

  1. Download the Dynamic version of Skype.
  2. Unpack the downloaded Skype package under your home directory.
  3. Using the terminal, enter the following command and press Enter:

sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6 lib32asound2 ia32-libs libc6-i386 lib32gcc1

  1. Download the Debian file:

http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libphonon4_4.6.2-0ubuntu5.6_i386.deb

  1. Open the Debian file with the Archive Manager, then click data.tar.lzma and unpack the following library into the Skype folder you created in the step 2:

./usr/lib/libphonon.so.4 ./usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.4 ./usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.4.0

  1. You can now run Skype using the command:

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/user/skype-4.2/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH /home/user/skype-4.2/skype
where “user” needs to be replaced with your Linux username and “skype-4.2” needs to be replaced with the name of the Skype folder you created in the step 2.

12.04+ at 32 or 64-bit 

  1. Download Skype for Ubuntu 32-bit Precise i386.
  2. When prompted, select Open with Ubuntu Software Center (default).
  3. In the right side of the Ubuntu Software Center window that opens, select Install.

These instructions also apply to installing Skype on Mint 13 or higher.

Learn more about using Skype on Ubuntu.*

To download and install Skype on Debian, simply select your version of Debian and follow the instructions:

6.0 at 32-bit

  1. Download the Dynamic version of Skype.
  2. Unpack the downloaded Skype package under your home directory.
  3. Using the terminal, enter the following command under the root and press Enter:

apt-get install libasound2 libc6 libgcc1 libqt4-dbus libqt4-network libqt4-webkit libqt4-xml libqtcore4 libqtgui4 libstdc++6 libx11-6 libxext6 libxss1 libxv1

  1. You can run Skype from /home/user/skype-4.2/skype where “user” needs to be replaced with your Linux username and “skype-4.2” needs to be replaced with the name of the Skype folder you created in the step 2.

6.0 at 64-bit

  1. Download the Dynamic version of Skype.
  2. Unpack the downloaded Skype package under your home directory.
  3. Using a terminal, enter the following command under the root and press Enter:

apt-get install lib32asound2 ia32-libs ia32-libs-gtk

  1. Download the Debian file:

http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqt4-webkit_4.6.3-4+squeeze1_i386.deb

  1. Open the Debian file with the Archive Manager and unpack the following library into the Skype folder you created in the step 2:

usr/lib/libQtWebKit.so.4 usr/lib/libQtWebKit.so.4.6 usr/lib/libQtWebKit.so.4.6.3   

  1. Download the following file and open it with the Archive Manager:

http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqt4-phonon_4.6.3-4+squeeze1_i386.deb

  1. Unpack the following library into the Skype folder you created in the step 2:

usr/lib/libphonon.so.4 usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.3 usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.3.1

  1. Download the following file and open it with the Archive Manager:

http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqt4-xmlpatterns_4.6.3-4+squeeze1_i386.deb

  1. Unpack the following library into the Skype folder you created in the step 2:

usr/lib/libQtXmlPatterns.so.4 usr/lib/libQtXmlPatterns.so.4.6 usr/lib/libQtXmlPatterns.so.4.6.3

  1. You can now run Skype using the following command LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/user/skype-4.2/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH /home/user/skype-4.2/skype
    where “user” needs to be replaced with your Linux username and “skype-4.2” needs to be replaced with the name of the folder that you created in the step 2.

7.0+ at 32-bit

  1. Download and install Skype for Debian 7.0 (multiarch).

7.0+ at 64-bit

  1. Using a terminal, enter the following command under the root and press Enter:

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

  1. Download and install Skype for Debian 7.0 (multiarch).

Learn more about using Skype on Debian*.

Choose your version of Fedora and follow the instructions to download and install Skype:

16+ at 32-bit

  1. Download and install Skype for Fedora 16 32bit.

16+ at 64-bit

  1. Using the terminal, enter the following command and press Enter:

sudo yum -y install libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 pulseaudio-libs-glib2.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 qtwebkit.i686

  1. Download and install Skype for Fedora 16 32bit.

To download and install Skype on OpenSUSE, simply choose the version of OpenSUSE you’re using and follow the instructions:

12.1+ at 32-bit

  1. Download and install Skype for OpenSUSE 12.1 32bit.

12.1+ at 64-bit

  1. Using the terminal, enter the following command and press Enter:

su -c 'zypper install xorg-x11-libXv-32bit libqt4-32bit libqt4-x11-32bit libpng12-0-32bit libQtWebKit4-32bit'

  1. Download and install Skype for OpenSUSE 12.1 32bit.

Learn more about using Skype on OpenSUSE*.

It’s easy to download and install Skype on CentOS. Simply choose your version of CentOS and follow the instructions:

6+ at 32/64-bit

  1. Download the Dynamic version of Skype.
  2. Unpack the downloaded Skype package under your home directory.
  3. Using the terminal, enter the following commands under the root user and press Enter:

    yum groupinstall Desktop
    yum update
    yum install glibc.i686 nss-softokn-freebl.i686 alsa-lib.i686 libXv.i686
    libXScrnSaver.i686 libtiff.i686 glib2.i686 libSM.i686 libXrender.i686 fontconfig.i686
    pulseaudio-libs.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 file-roller

     
  4. Download the Debian file:

    http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqt4-webkit_4.6.3-4+squeeze1_i386.deb
     
  5. Open the Debian file with the Archive Manager, then click data.tar.gz and unpack the following files into the Skype folder you created in the step 2:

    usr/lib/libQtWebKit.so.4 usr/lib/libQtWebKit.so.4.6 usr/lib/libQtWebKit.so.4.6.3

  6. Download the following file and open it with the Archive Manager:

    http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqt4-phonon_4.6.3-4+squeeze1_i386.deb
     
  7. Click data.tar.gz and unpack the following files into the Skype folder you created in the step 2:

    usr/lib/libphonon.so.4 usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.3 usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.3.1
     
  8. Download the following file and open it with the Archive Manager:

    http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqt4-xmlpatterns_4.6.3-4+squeeze1_i386.deb
     
  9. Click data.tar.gz and unpack the following files into the Skype folder you created in the step 2:

    usr/lib/libQtXmlPatterns.so.4 usr/lib/libQtXmlPatterns.so.4.6
    usr/lib/libQtXmlPatterns.so.4.6.3

     
  10. You can now run Skype using the following command LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/user/skype-4.2/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH /home/user/skype-4.2/skype
    where “user” needs to be replaced with your Linux username and “skype-4.2” needs to be replaced with the name of the folder that you created in the step 2.

Learn more about using Skype on CentOS*.

There are also other Linux distributions on which you can install Skype. You only need to download and install the Dynamic version of Skype.

The installation process may vary depending on the version of the distribution as the dynamic package has different requirements and dependencies for installing additional libraries or packages.

To learn more about using the Dynamic version of Skype, visit the Skype community.

Signing in to Skype

When you’ve downloaded and installed Skype, you only need to sing in for the first time and you’re ready to enjoy all the great Skype features:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. In the sign-in window, enter your Skype Name and password, then click Sign in. Alternatively, you can sign in with your Microsoft account.

    The Microsoft account option in the Skype sign-in screen.
  1. You can now decide what sound and video devices you want to use with Skype. If you’re not sure, you can change your settings at any time by pressing the Ctrl+O key combination on your keyboard, then select Sound Devices or Video Devices in the window that opens.

    Learn more about how to set up sound in Skype.
  1. You can now add a profile picture to make it easier for your friends and family to find you on Skype.

    Click your name at the top of the Skype window and your profile area expands. Click the empty picture to change your profile picture. You can select a picture from your computer and set it as your profile picture by clicking Open.

You’re now ready to add your friends as contacts, then call, video call and instant message them. Or, with a little Skype Credit, you can make calls to mobiles and landlines, and send SMS text messages.

Learn more about Skype for Linux.

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