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How to install Skype on Ubuntu 17.04+ using repo

Install / Upgrade Skype on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10

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07/17/2017 | Applications, Linux Ubuntu | 12 Comments

Looking for help installing Skype? This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10 desktop. Skype is a very popular free VOIP software used to make free Skype-to-Skype calls and text to stay in touch with friends and family.

A Linux version of Skype was recently updated.. and this adds some new features including, enhanced user interface, cloud-based group chat experience, PulseAudio support and file transfer improvements across multiple devices and bunch of other fixes.

Also, Skype version 4.3 and all previous versions have already expired… so if you haven’t upgraded to the latest versions, it’s time to do so. Just follow the guide below to get the latest version of Skype installed.

To install or upgrade Skype, use the steps below

Step 1: Uninstall all Previous Versions

To install or upgrade, make sure you don’t already have previous versions installed. To get rid of Skype on Ubuntu, run the commands below

sudo apt-get purge skypeforlinux && sudo apt-get autoremove

Step 2: Installing / Upgrade Skype

Now that Skype is uninstalled, run the commands below to install a required package that Skype needs.

sudo apt-get update    
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y

Then run the commands below to add Skype repository to Ubuntu. If curl isn’t installed, you may want to run sudo apt-get install curl before running the commands below or you may get an error the curl is not installed.

sudo apt-get install curl    
curl | sudo apt-key add -    
echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

Finally, run the commands below to install Skype

sudo apt-get update    
sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux -y

Congratulations! You’ve just install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 17.04 /17.10

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