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As of November 1st 2017 Skype version 5.3.0.1 has been deprecated and no longer functions.

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Vendor:

skype.com

License:

non-free
(copyright.txt)

X-(

quality:

Version reviewed: 8.x

Download

unsigned .deb

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Source:

not-available

X-(

Lintian:

minor errors

(./)

Control scripts

none

(./)

Languages:

All

(./)

Architectures:

amd64

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Legend: (./) = Pass ; X-( = Bad

Skype is non-free, proprietary, closed source software, owned by a for profit corporation and not supported by Debian. Have you considered using a free and open source alternative, which is community-owned and supported by Debian, such as VoIP ekiga, linphone, or jitsi? See also UnifiedCommunications

Skype logo

Skype is software that allows users to make phone or video calls over the Internet, as well as screen sharing. User-to-user calls are free, while calls to landlines and mobile phones are charged. There are additional features like instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.

Skype Web

<!> As of December 2016 Skype Web works on Debian Jessie and Stretch, including conference calls, except for video. Voice calls work on chromium, not firefox-esr.

https://web.skype.com is in Beta. You can use Skype Web on Debian to chat with your Skype contacts though. Assumes you use a modern Debian web browser such as firefox-esr (for text chat) of chromium (for voice calls).

It is easy to get started without any installation when using a separate Chromium profile for Skype by creating this skypeweb.desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Skype Web
Comment=Skype Web application in a Chromium profile
Exec=sh -c "mkdir -p $HOME/.local/share/skypeweb && GDK_BACKEND=x11 chromium --user-data-dir=$HOME/.local/share/skypeweb https://web.skype.com 1>/dev/null 2>/dev/null &"
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Encoding=UTF-8
Categories=Network;Application;

Related pages and sources

Installation instructions for Skype 8.x

To install Skype 8 choose one of the following sections depending on your Debian version.

Debian 9 "Stretch"

64 bits/amd64

Steps to install Skype 8 on Debian 9 "Stretch" at 64 bits/amd64

  1. If not already done, using Terminal as user, run the following command to install sudo and gdebi packages

    su

then

    apt-get install sudo gdebi
  • Note: sudo package allows you to execute some commands as root.

  1. Using your favorite browser such as Firefox go to https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/ to download Skype 8 installer skypeforlinux-64.deb file

  2. Using Terminal as user, run the following command to install Skype 8

    sudo gdebi /path/to/skypeforlinux-64.deb
  1. Skype 8 is now installed. The executable is named skypeforlinux.

Frequently Ask Questions (F.A.Q.) for Stretch 64 bits

Q: When I open Skype it has a blank GUI.

A: Multiple users report that the skypeforlinux 8.9.0.1 package released on Skype's APT server on 31st October 2017 has a blank GUI after signing in, and is unusable. See the Microsoft support page.

Skype 8 broken

[This issue does not affect everyone, for me Skype 8.x functions perfectly on Debian 9 under GNOME 3]

Debian 8 "Jessie"

64 bits/amd64

Steps to install Skype 8 for Linux Beta on Debian 8 "Jessie" at 64 bits/amd64

  1. If not already done, using Terminal as user, run the following command to install sudo and gdebi packages

    su

then

    apt-get install sudo gdebi
  • Note: sudo package allows you to execute some commands as root.

  1. Using your favorite browser such as Firefox go to https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/ to download Skype 8 installer skypeforlinux-64.deb file

  1. Using Terminal as user, run the following command to install Skype 8

    sudo gdebi /path/to/skypeforlinux-64.deb
  1. Skype 8 is now installed. The executable is named skypeforlinux.

    • Note: During the installation the repository https://repo.skype.com/deb was added. In the future Debian will automatically check if a new version of Skype is available. If you configure your Package Updater appropriately you could get automated updates.

Optional tips if you are using GNOME:

  1. Steps to open Skype:
    1. Search your Dash for Skype for Linux Beta icon

    2. Click on it to open Skype
  2. To automatically open Skype at boot and log-in, using Tweak Tool:

    1. Click on Startup applications vertical tab

    2. Click on the + button

    3. Search and select Skype for Linux Beta

    4. Next time you reboot your computer Skype will automatically open
  3. Optionally, if you need to see Skype icon in your GNOME tray, so that you can easily see the Skype tray notifications, you might be interested to install that TopIcons extension.

Frequently Ask Questions (F.A.Q.) for Jessie 64 bits

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