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It is possible if I use Windows. Can I do the same thing in Ubuntu ?

In windows all I have to do is :

In the Run window, enter the following command (include the quotes) and press OK:

"C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary

I know you can use pidgin or empathy but I want to do this feature using the official Skype account.


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up vote 8 down vote accepted

skype --help gives me this:

Usage: skype [options]
  --dbpath=<path>       Specify an alternative path to store Skype data files.
                        Default: ~/.Skype
  --resources=<path>    Specify a path where Skype can find its resource files.
                        Default: /usr/share/skype
  --disable-api         Disable Skype Public API.
  --callto <nick>
                        These commands allow Skype links handling.
  --pipelogin           Command line login. "echo username password | skype --pipelogin"
  --version             Display version information and exit.

So you can use skype --dbpath=<path> to start another instance.

EDIT: Updated my answer according to the comment given by Pavel.

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Thanks !!I used the --dpath method. Didn't know how to use --pipelogin :-S this is the command : skype --dpath ~/Desktop/ – Suhaib Nov 2 '12 at 23:00
skype --dbpath ~/Desktop/AnotherSkype – Suhaib Nov 2 '12 at 23:30
@Axel, pipe login simply allows to forward username and password to skype as shown in the help example. It does not however allow to start another instance, so I'd advise you change your answer to "..--dbpath should to id.." instead of "perhaps --dbpath is even better" since it is the only right solution. I mean your answer is marked Accepted, so let's make it a bit more accurate. Thank you for understanding. – Pavel A Feb 21 '13 at 13:57

Run this command on terminal:

skype --secondary
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That worked like a charm!!! Thanks for sharing!! – Joshi Consultancy Mar 21 '15 at 17:56
skype --secondary &

is a bit ore convenient way to start it in terminal. In this case you will be able to close the terminal window easily ::)

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wow! thanks for sharing! – AlexGreg Sep 14 '15 at 12:59

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