How can I install Skype on Debian 10 Buster?. Skype is the most popular multi-platform application that powers business communication, from audio and video calls, online chats, and screen sharing between computers, mobile devices, and tablets. Many employees, freelancers, and consultants rely heavily on Skype to ensure there is efficient communication during project execution.
This guide will walk you through the installation of Skype on Debian 10. Since Skype is a proprietary application, the package is not available on Debian repositories. We will install from official Debian package or from Snap.
Install Skype on Debian 10 from .deb package
The easiest and quickest way of installing Skype on Debian 10 is by downloading the latest package from the Downloads page.
Install wget if not present in your system.
sudo apt -y install wget
Then use wget to download the latest
After the download is complete, install the package using dpkg or apt command.
$ sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb --- OR ---- $ sudo dpkg -i ./skypeforlinux-64.deb
You should get installation output similar to one shown.
This installation will add apt repository to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list.
$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main
So installed package can be updated by running.
sudo apt update sudo apt -y upgrade
To uninstall Skype with apt, run the command below.
$ sudo apt remove skypeforlinux Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages will be REMOVED: skypeforlinux 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 56 not upgraded. After this operation, 252 MB disk space will be freed. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y (Reading database ... 134612 files and directories currently installed.) Removing skypeforlinux (22.214.171.124) ... Processing triggers for mime-support (3.62) ... Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ... Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.31.4-3) ... Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-4) ...
Install Skype on Debian 10 using Snap
Start by installing snapd which is REST API daemon service that runs on your Linux system to manage snap packages (“snaps“).
sudo apt -y install snapd
Once snapd is installed, use snap to install Skype on Debian 10.
$ sudo snap install skype --classic 2019-06-21T14:40:37-04:00 INFO Waiting for restart... skype 126.96.36.199 from Skype✓ installed $ snap list Name Version Rev Tracking Publisher Notes core 16-2.39 6964 stable canonical✓ core skype 188.8.131.52 66 stable skype✓ classic
Launch Skype on Debian 10
Now that you have installed Skype on Debian 10, you can launch it from CLI or Applications launcher.
Follow standard setup process to configure and use Skype on Debian 10.
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