How to Install Skype on Ubuntu

Skype was created with one vision in their mind, to connect people through video chats and voice calls. It is based on a freemium model where much of the service is free, but those who use Skype need to buy credits to call mobile numbers or landline numbers.

Skype was created by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom. They cooperated with Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallin to create this revolutionary app. Firstly it was acquired by eBay and then by Microsoft.


We will discuss two of most useful features of Skype in this section.

Instant Messaging

Everyone who is registered to Skype can send instant messages to other users in their contact list. If you send a message to a user that is offline, Skype will send this message to him as soon as he comes online. Skype allows to send SMS messages, but it is impossible to receive SMS on Skype.

Voice Chat
Calls with Mobile/Landline Numbers

Paid users or those who buy Skype Credit can call landline or mobile phones. The ability to call landline or mobile phones from Skype was originally branded as SkypeOut, but this term has been dropped in favor of Calls to mobiles and landlines.

Other features

Skype lets you use five of its states on your profile: Online, Away, Do Not Disturb, Invisible and Offline.

Below are shown all options when we click a contact:

  • Skype Call
  • Number Call
  • Instant Message
  • Write SMS to the Contact Mobile Number
  • Send a File
  • Send Contacts
  • Send Voice Message
  • Share Your Screen

How To Install

Run the following commands to install Skype on your Ubuntu machine.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype