How To Install Skype In Ubuntu 14.04

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Install Skype in Ubuntu 14.04

Since Skype is still the most popular instant messaging application worldwide, probably installing Skype is one of the first few things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04. But if you tried to install Skype in Ubuntu 14.04 via Ubuntu Software Center and could not find it there, you are not alone.

Skype is not available in Ubuntu Software Center in Ubuntu 14.04. You can try downloading the Skype from its website by choosing Ubuntu 12.04 (multiarch) or you can install it using command line method.

Update: Skype 4.3 is now available in Canonical Partners repository.

Install Skype in Ubuntu 14.04

Since Skype 4.3 is now available in Ubuntu Software Center, you can easily install it from there. But before that, make sure that you have enabled Canonical Partners repository:

  • Go to Unity Dash and look for Software & Updates:

    Ubuntu Software Update Settings

  • In here, under Other Software tab, enable Canonical Partners:

    Enable Canonical partners in Ubuntu 14.04

  • It will refresh the software list. Now you can open Ubuntu Software Center and search for Skype and install it. Alternatively, you can use the following command in terminal:
    sudo apt-get install skype

Not required anymore:

The method below is not required any more. Open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu trusty partner" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/canonical_partner.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype

This will install Skye version 4.2.0.11. Once it is installed, you can run it by typing Skype in Unity Dash. Of course same trick should work on Xubuntu 14.04, Lubuntu 14.04, Kubuntu 14.04 and other Linux variants based on Ubuntu 14.04.

I hope this quick post helped you to install Skype in Ubuntu 14.04. You should also learn how to use multiple Skype account at the same time in Linux. Feel free to leave a comment with your questions, suggestions or a word of thanks. Ciao :)

  • Yash Pal

    I installed skype from Ubuntu software centre (Ubuntu 14.04). It showed itself when I searched in the dash but does not open and is a useless piece of software for me.

    I came across your site when searching for way to activate Skype; so I tried to install it as suggested by you. The result, as you see, is that ‘skype is already the newest version’.

    In that case, can you please help me activate it.

    [code]
    yashpal@yashpal-Inspiron-M5010:~$
    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu trusty
    partner" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/canonical_partner.list'
    [sudo] password for yashpal:

    yashpal@yashpal-Inspiron-M5010:~$ sudo apt-get update

    yashpal@yashpal-Inspiron-M5010:~$ sudo apt-get install skype
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    skype is already the newest version.
    [code/]

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Try to remove skype first:
      sudo apt-get remove skype

      • Yash Pal

        Thanks, I will try it; however, is it to be ‘remove’ or ‘purge’ or will purge remove some other files which are required by some other programmes applications. I am not an I T person and the limited knowledge of Linux I have, has been gleaned from the web.

        • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

          Purge will remove all the packages which it installed with that package and will try to revert back to what you had before installing this PPA.

          • Yash Pal

            Thanks. I used sudo apt-get purge skype and later followed the instructions in your post. All the required packages were installed and Skype is now functioning.
            I used ‘purge’ because when I wanted to install Microsoft ttf from software centre and could not, I came across a post which suggested that nI ‘purge’ the part installation and make a clean reinstall through Command line; otherwise the ttf would not install themselves.
            I hope The Ubuntu developers look into the issue of some programmes/ applications not being installable as 14.04 is a LTS.
            Thanks once again.

          • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

            Good to know that its working again.
            Precisely for this reason, I prefer to use purge rather than simple remove.

  • Huey Mataruse

    well done mate

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