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 .deb package.


After the download is complete, install the package using dpkg or apt command.

$ sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb
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$ 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] 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:
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 ( ...
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 from Skype✓ installed

$ snap list
Name   Version    Rev   Tracking  Publisher   Notes
core   16-2.39    6964  stable    canonical✓  core
skype  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.

install skype debian 10 03

Follow standard setup process to configure and use Skype on Debian 10.


You have learned the various ways of installing Skype on your Debian 10 system. Check out other Debian 10 articles.

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