How to Install Skype 5.0 in Linux Mint and Ubuntu

by Chaitanya Vankadaru 0

Skype 5.0 for Linux

Now Skype 5.0 is available for Linux Users (both in deb and RPM packages). So, in this article, let’s discuss how to install the latest version of Skype 5.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint 18.

Before moving onto that, what are the new features of Skype in its latest version 5.0? Check them out.

New Features of Skype 5.0 for Linux and Ubuntu:

  • Enhancement in Calling which means users can make calls to mobiles and landlines by using Skype Credit.
  • Shared-screen feature for Linux Skype users.
  • Ease of setting the online status as Away or Do Not Disturb.

Had a look at those features? Aren’t they amusing? I found them to be. So, let’s move on to the main topic.

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“How to Install Skype 5.0 in Linux Mint and Ubuntu?”

  • Step -1:

    Download the Skype Linux Debian package from its official website

    Official Download Source: https://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/

    Download and Install Skype 5.0 on Linux and Ubuntu
    Download and Install Skype 5.0 on Linux and Ubuntu

    It will be downloaded and stored in the Downloads folder under user’s home directory.

    dustmoon@zero:~/Downloads$ ls -l skypeforlinux-64.deb
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 dustmoon dustmoon 50661108 Mar 27 18:24 skypeforlinux-64.deb
    dustmoon@zero:~/Downloads$
  • Step – 2:

    Install the downloaded Skype for Linux Debian package.

    Open the terminal and go to downloads folder and then run the following dpkg command.

    dustmoon@zero:~$ cd ~/Downloads/
    dustmoon@zero:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb

    This works perfect, if you don’t get any dependency errors. In case if you have got any, then run the following apt command to resolve those and re-run dpkg command to install the downloaded Debian package.

    dustmoon@zero:~/Downloads$ sudo apt install -f
  • Step – 3:

    If you are using Unity Desktop then search skype for Linux from dash.

    Access Skype on Linux
    Access Skype on Linux

And if you’re using cinnamon desktop, access Skype from the command line

Type the command “skype for Linux” as mentioned below.

     dustmoon@zero:~$ skypeforlinux

That’s it. You can now use the latest version of Skype 5.0 on Linux mint and Ubuntu far better than before.

Note: The process that was mentioned in the article was tested on Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint 18

And FYI, Skype 5.0 beta version is also available now.

Hope you guys got an idea how to install the latest version of Skype on Ubuntu and Linux Mint Desktop.

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