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How do I install Skype?

I am wondering what the command line is for the installation of skype-ubuntu_2.2.0.35-1_i386.deb from the terminal?


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Since Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), Skype is part of the Canonical partner repository. To install Skype first you need to add the Canonical Partner Repository. You can do this by running the command

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

Then install Skype via the Software-Center or via the Terminal.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype

It is highly recommended to use the package provided in the Canonical partner repository, not the one distributed from the Skype website, as the Skype website currently points users to the wrong package for 64-bit systems of Ubuntu 11.10 and above.

Refer to this community documentation for more details in case of any problems.

  • Hmmm, is that warning still current?
    – Kzqai
    Dec 26, 2012 at 15:52

Goto the directory in terminal where .deb file is saved.

run the following command: sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_2.2.0.35-1_i386.deb

Or type sudo dpkg -i and drag and drop skype-ubuntu_2.2.0.35-1_i386.deb file on the terminal and hit enter.

Note: This is not recommended to intall using dpkg. You should always install using from end of dpkg like apt to resolve dependency if any. However stand alone packages can be installed without any problem like skype.

More info: http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/lucid/man1/dpkg.1.html

  • If the packages has any dependences, it won't install properly. After dpkg, run sudo apt-get install -f to install the dependencies and fix the package.
    – sanbor
    Apr 5, 2013 at 17:26

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