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= Skype = #language en
~-[[DebianWiki/EditorGuide#translation|Translation(s)]]: English - [[fr/skype|Français]] - [[zh_CN/skype|简体中文]] - [[ru/skype|Русский]]-~
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||<tablestyle="float:right; width:200pt; background:transparent; margin: 0 0 1em 1em; background-color:#ffffff; font-size: smaller"> Vendor: || [[https://www.skype.com/|skype.com]] || ||
||License: || '''non-free''' <<BR>>([[attachment:copyright.txt]]) || X-( ||
||<-3 style="border-top:2pt; height:0pt; background-color:#dddddd; padding:0;margin:0">||
||<-3>'''quality:'''||
||<-3> Version reviewed: [[https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb|8.x]] ||
||Download || unsigned .deb || X-( ||
||Source: || not-available || X-( ||
||Lintian: || minor errors || (./) ||
||Control scripts || none || (./) ||
||Languages: || All || (./) ||
||Architectures: || amd64 || - ||
||<-3 style="border-top:2pt; height:0pt; background-color:#dddddd; "> Legend: (./) = Pass ; X-( = Bad ||
##||<-3 style="height:2pt; background-color:#dddddd; padding:0;margin:0">||
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== i386 == {{{{#!wiki warning
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 DebianPkg:Ekiga, DebianPkg:Linphone, DebianPkg:Jami, or DebianPkg:Jitsi? See also UnifiedCommunications
}}}}
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As Open Source activists, we are of course inclinded to indicate that there are programs similar in function to what Skype is performing. Their user base is - smaller, though. If you hence have to use skype, fairly likely, then please be aware of Skype's repository for Debian's i386 platform: ||<tablestyle="text-align: left" style="border:0">{{https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/e/e0/Skype_2017_logo.png|Skype logo|width=256}}||<style="border:0;vertical-align: middle;">'''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.||
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  deb http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ stable non-free <<TableOfContents(3)>>
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After adding this line to /etc/apt/sources.list, do as root
  apt-get install skype
and then as regular user just call
  skype
= Skype Web =
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== amd64 == <!> As of December 2016 Skype Web works on Debian Jessie and Stretch, including conference calls, except for video. Voice calls work on DebianPkg:chromium, not DebianPkg:firefox-esr.
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It becomes more problematic when running the amd64 platform, which now more and more individuals are doing. You can run the same binary, but it should be prepended with "linux32", a program preloading the libraries from the 32 bit world under an otherwise 64bit environment. Do as root
  apt-get install ia32-libs lib32asound2 libasound2-plugins
  wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb
  dpkg -i --force-all skype-install.deb
and as regular user
  linux32 skype
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 DebianPkg:firefox-esr (for text chat) of DebianPkg:chromium (for voice calls).
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Video did not work for me, but otherwise it was all fine. It is easy to get started without any installation when using a separate Chromium profile for Skype by creating this skypeweb.desktop file:
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== other platforms == {{{
[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;
}}}
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Well, this is why you should not use Skype in the first place. Related pages and sources
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== See also ==  * https://community.skype.com/t5/Skype-for-Web-Beta/quot-Sorry-Skype-for-Web-Beta-isn-t-available-on-this-device-yet/m-p/4020672/highlight/true#M266
 * https://community.skype.com/t5/Skype-for-Web-Beta/Can-t-install-Skype-Calling-extension-for-Chrome-on-Linux/m-p/4010883/highlight/true#M252
 * https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/13/linux-users-can-now-make-skype-calls-from-the-web-in-chrome/
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  * [http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=432295 Solution for Ubuntu] Motivation and seed of the writing above = Installation instructions for Skype 8.x =

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

<<Anchor(On_Debian_11)>>
<<Anchor(Debian testing "Bullseye")>>
== Debian 11 "Bullseye" ==

=== 64 bits/amd64 ===

 1. Download the [[https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/|Skype for Linux DEB]].
{{{
    wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
}}}
 
 1.#2 Install.
{{{
    sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb
}}}

{{{#!wiki note
Note: Run this in the directory where the skypeforlinux-64.deb is located.
}}}


<<Anchor(On_Debian_10)>>
<<Anchor(Debian stable "Buster")>>
== Debian 10 "Buster" ==

=== 64 bits/amd64 ===

 1. Download the [[https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/|Skype for Linux DEB]].
{{{
    wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
}}}
 
 1.#2 Install.
{{{
    sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb
}}}

{{{#!wiki note
Note: Run this in the directory where the skypeforlinux-64.deb is located.
}}}

<<Anchor(On_Debian_9)>>
<<Anchor(Debian oldstable "Stretch")>>
== 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
}}}

    {{{#!wiki note
Note: [[https://packages.debian.org/jessie/sudo|sudo]] package allows you to execute some commands as root.
    }}}

 1.#2 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.#3 Using Terminal as user, run the following command to install Skype 8
{{{
    sudo gdebi /path/to/skypeforlinux-64.deb
}}}

 1.#4 Skype 8 is now installed. The executable is named {{{skypeforlinux}}}.

'''''Alternative Installation'''''

In Debian 9 a .deb file can simply be installed with the help of a terminal by using the following command. All dependencies will be handled by the apt package manager.

{{{
    sudo apt install /path/to/skypeforlinux.deb
}}}


=== 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 [[https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/skype_linux-skype_startms-skype_signms/skype-for-linux-8901/606a1b98-b87b-4d57-9386-3ef827b2c8f9|Microsoft support page]].

{{attachment:Skype8_broken.png|Skype 8 broken|width=256}}

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


= Discuss edits to this wiki.debian.org page =

To discuss edits to this wiki.debian.org page all contributors are welcome to join the discussion by [[mailto:debian-doc@lists.debian.org?In-Reply-To=<55999AC9.3010303@ubertus.com>&Subject=Re:%20Discussion about wiki.debian.org/skype|sending an email to this email address with this subject line]]. To keep all in the communication loops, do not modify your email subject line. As it is unique to this wiki page. Note that that email discussion is hosted publicly on the [[https://lists.debian.org/debian-doc/|debian-doc]] mailing list.

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 CategoryProprietarySoftware

## attachments:
## skype_logo.png Copyright "Skype" from http://about.skype.com/pictures.html

Translation(s): English - Français - 简体中文 - Русский


Vendor:

skype.com

License:

non-free
(copyright.txt)

X-(

quality:

Version reviewed: 8.x

Download

unsigned .deb

X-(

Source:

not-available

X-(

Lintian:

minor errors

(./)

Control scripts

none

(./)

Languages:

All

(./)

Architectures:

amd64

-

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, Jami, 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 11 "Bullseye"

64 bits/amd64

  1. Download the Skype for Linux DEB.

    wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
  1. Install.

    sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb

Note: Run this in the directory where the skypeforlinux-64.deb is located.

Debian 10 "Buster"

64 bits/amd64

  1. Download the Skype for Linux DEB.

    wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
  1. Install.

    sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb

Note: Run this in the directory where the skypeforlinux-64.deb is located.

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.

Alternative Installation

In Debian 9 a .deb file can simply be installed with the help of a terminal by using the following command. All dependencies will be handled by the apt package manager.

    sudo apt install /path/to/skypeforlinux.deb

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]

Discuss edits to this wiki.debian.org page

To discuss edits to this wiki.debian.org page all contributors are welcome to join the discussion by sending an email to this email address with this subject line. To keep all in the communication loops, do not modify your email subject line. As it is unique to this wiki page. Note that that email discussion is hosted publicly on the debian-doc mailing list.

If you are not familiar with Debian mailing lists visit the introduction page. Or that related page.