Ubuntu 12.04 Tips and Tricks

In this article we would install Skype on Ubuntu. Skype is the most popular communication software.

It was developed by Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, Danish Janus Friis, and Swedish Niklas Zennstrom. The Skype allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. Unlike most other VoIP services, Skype is a hybrid peer-to-peer and client–server system. It makes use of background processing on computers running Skype software. Skype's original proposed name (Sky Peer-to-Peer) reflects this fact.

With Skype phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system.

Skype was bought by Microsoft in 2011.

You can install Skype in three ways.

  • Ubuntu Software center
  • Download Skype and install manually
  • Install on command line

During the installation of Skype on Ubuntu you may get unmet dependencies error.

Unmet dependencies error while installing Skype from software center

skype dependencies error ghraphic

Unmet dependencies error while installing Skype from downloaded package

skype error manual installation

Unmet dependencies error while installing Skype from command line

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
skype is already the newest version.
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 skype : Depends: lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1-21) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: lib32asound2 (> 1.0.14) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: ia32-libs but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.7-1) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1-21+ia32.libs.1.19) but it is not going to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

How to resolve Skype Unmet dependencies error in Ubuntu

You may get above errors since Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), Skype is part of the Canonical partner repository. So before you install Skype you need to add the Canonical Partner Repository. You can do this by running the following command in terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"

skype add repo command

You need to authenticate this with super user password. Super user account is the user account which we create during the installation.

skype add repo ath

Run following command to update repository database.

sudo apt-get update

skype update command

Now we can install Skype on Ubuntu from any of above methods.

Install Skype on Ubuntu from Ubuntu Software center

Open software center

ubuntu open software center

Search for Skype in search box

skype software ceter search box

Select Skype from list and Click on install

skype software center list

Authenticate this with super user password.

skype software center ath

That's all we need to install Skype from software center.

Download Skype and install manually

You can always install Skype manually. Go on Skype official site and visit to download section. Direct link to download section is http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/

Select Ubuntu

skype download website url

Save .deb file

skype download file save option

Right click on downloaded file and select open with software center

skype open with option

Click on install when it ask.

Install on command line

To install Skype form command line run following command

sudo apt-get install skype

skype install command

Confirm when it asks.

skype install confirm

After successfully installing Skype it would return to command prompt back.

skype install sucess prompt

How to launch Skype in Ubuntu

To launch Skype click on Ubuntu button and search for Skype, Click on Skype icon from list

skype icon