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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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Tox has a new website called The old is no more. That is no longer the official site.

How do I install Tox?


You can download Tox binaries from the Tox Binaries page. Choose the package that is appropriate for your system. When downloaded, install like so:

 sudo dpkg -i {YOUR_PREFERRED_TOX_CLIENT}.deb

After that search for the client you just installed.


Warning: They recently changed their PPA infrastructure, remove keys and the likes, as they are no longer maintained and supported.

The new way to install (currently only 64-bit qTox is supported):

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb nightly release" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tox.list'
wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install qtox-unity

qtox-unity obviously has been written with the unity interface in mind, you can install the interface independent qtox package, but both packages cannot be installed on your system at the same time. One deletes the other.

Also, a note from a qtox developers:

"To reiterate irungentoo’s reply in that thread, yes you should uninstall any repos from, and you should not trust any new binaries from or We have a new repo:

Right now only qTox is in it, but we’re working on getting the rest of the clients up.

Just a note, we have no reason to believe that any binaries from the old repo/domains have been compromised. This is just a safety measure." - Current Situation | Tox Blog#comment 14


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What is Tox? Tox is a skype replacement, with downloads available for Linux/Mac/Windows. At the time of writing, there are deb packages for AMD64 downloads, portage overlays and Arch Linux PKGBUILD's, 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.

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
@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
The 32bit binaries are true 32bit now again - everything works as it should! :) – Byte Commander Sep 11 at 14:01

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