In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. Skype is a messenger program which lets you chat via text, through video chat and by voice over internet protocol. The text and video chat support are supplied for free, but the telephone service does cost cash, although the price of a call is much lower than a typical one. Skype supports Windows, Mac, Linux, and many mobile devices such as Blackberry, Android, iOS, Windows telephones, Tablets, and Smartphones as well.
I recommend to use a minimal Ubuntu server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.
Install Skype on Ubuntu 18.04
Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:
apt-get update -y apt-get upgrade -y
Step 2. Installing Skype on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver.
First, download the Skype Linux Debian package from its official web site:
If you are using 64 bit Ubuntu system, then you must enable i386 architecture with the following command:
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 sudo apt-get update
At this step we use dpkg command to install the previously downloaded Skype package:
dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb
In case you got any dependency error, then run the following apt command to resolve dependency issues and re-run dpkg command to install downloaded Debian package:
apt-get -f install
Skype is now installed and ready to use. If you cannot find skype shortcut on any of the GUI menus re-login or simply start skype from terminal by typing skype command:
Or, Within the software center, click on install button to Install Skype in Ubuntu 18.04. After the installation is finished, Go to application menu and search skype to find desktop shortcut.