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Apparently Tox is a free and secure replacement of Skype. I like it, but how do I install it?

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How do I install Tox?


You can download the binaries from here: Binaries - Tox, download the package that is appropriate for you. When downloaded, install like so:

 sudo dpkg -i {YOUR_PREFERRED_TOX_CLIENT}.deb

After that search for the client you just installed.


They recently changed their ppa key, so if you have added their ppa before, please remove it first. Like so: sudo apt-key del 0C2E03A0

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb https://repo.tox.im/ nightly main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tox.list'
wget -qO - https://repo.tox.im/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
sudo apt-get update -qq

You can install a variety of tox clients, such as: utox, qtox, toxic(terminal client), ratox and tox-bootstrapd.

qtox seems - to me, and my system - to be more stable.

sudo apt-get install qtox


Ubuntu 14.04, qtox Ubuntu 14.04, qtox


toxic, terminal based tox client

toxic, terminal based tox client

What is Tox? Tox is a skype replacement, with downloads available for Linux/Mac/Windows. At the time of writing, there are deb and rpm packages, both for i686 and AMD64 downloads, as per the Tox Binaries page. If one wishes to keep an eye out of the progress Tox is making, one could check out there GitHub page, or there jenkins.tox website.

Project Tox, also known as Tox, is a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) instant messaging application aimed to replace Skype.

Why does Tox exist?

With the rise of governmental monitoring programs, Tox aims to be an easy to use, all-in-one communication platform (including audio, and videochats in the future) that ensures their users full privacy and secure message delivery.

About Tox

Tox is built with the idea that you can keep up with friends and family without having your privacy violated. While other big-name services require you to pay to unlock features, Tox is free in both price, and in liberty. That is, you’re free to do whatever you wish with Tox.


QTox running under Ubuntu Trusty Tahr 14.04.


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It will be a nice alternative (when is stable). I will give it a try. Thanks for the info. Is it lightweight ? (system resources) –  NikTh Feb 20 '14 at 15:46
@NikTh, On my system its 8.1MB. To me thats light! –  blade19899 Feb 20 '14 at 15:47
Great! But is it only for 64bit? –  Wilf Feb 20 '14 at 15:54
@Wilf, lol they just updated there binary list: tox - binaries –  blade19899 Feb 20 '14 at 18:07
@Wilf Updated with some new, cients and such(Venom was discontinued, QTox is the more stable one of the bunch.) –  blade19899 Apr 10 at 14:17

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