I am aware of how to install Skype via command line - by adding the Canonical Partner repo and using apt-get.

However, how can I log in via the command line? There are two reasons I want to do this. First is down to this being Ubuntu Server with no connected monitor and no desktop window manager running (and I don't want one, this is running on AWS micro). Second is to automate login upon boot up.

The end goal here is to build a Skype bot using Skype4Py (a Python lib).

Thanks in advance

  • Nice thought, but I think this is Microsoft's problem. If Microsoft haven't built a Skype command line for Linux, then Ubuntu (or any other disrto) cannot do much.
    – NickTux
    Sep 25, 2013 at 21:54
  • Was hoping this wasn't the case. I had my fingers crossed for a nice switch that handled it all. Not sure what I was thinking :(
    – mikemike
    Sep 25, 2013 at 22:15

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At least in version, there does appear to be such an option

$ skype --help

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

$ skype --version
Copyright (c) 2004-2013, Skype
  • Awesome. Will be sure to give this a go :)
    – mikemike
    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:23
  • This doesn't seem to work unless X/GNOME is running, I guess Skype doesn't run unless it detects some sort of desktop environment. I've bitten the bullet and just run it anyway :( thanks for the help though
    – mikemike
    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:55

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