I'm trying to use Skype on Ubuntu. I tried installing it in Wine. Installing it went fine, but when I try to login, it gives me error code 1814; resource name not found. What can I do to fix this?


Skype for Windows on Wine using PlayOnLinux

To get the best result for running Skype for Windows on Linux using Wine, follow these steps. (Tested using Ubuntu 15.10, but it should work fine for earlier versions)


  • Skype version link.
  • Wine version 1.9.1 acting as Windows 8.1 32bit.
  • Add /legacylogin /username:USERNAME /password:PASSWORD as arguments to skype.exe.
  • Run export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 before running Wine.

1. Install PlayOnLinux

To get PlayOnLinux from the repositories:

sudo apt install playonlinux

It might be necessary to download and install the latest PlayOnLinux from their website if you are using Ubuntu < 15.10.

2. Add newest version of Wine to PlayOnLinux

  1. Start PlayOnLinux.
  2. Click Tools > Manage Wine Versions
  3. Select version 1.9.1 from the left and click the > button to add it to PlayOnLinux.

(1.9.1 was the newest Wine version upon writing this answer, you can try next versions for better result)

3. Download Skype installer

Download Skype version I cannot seem to find an official link for this. You can download it from this unofficial link. Put a comment if the link doesn't work anymore or if you find an official link.

Older versions of Skype are not supported anymore, they will fail to login. 7. version do not seem to work correctly in Wine.*

4. Install using PlayOnLinux

  1. Start PlayOnLinux
  2. Click 'Install a program' and then 'install a non-listed program' in the bottom left corner.
  3. Choose 'Install a program in a new virtual drive'. Name the drive something like 'skype6.21.32.104'.
  4. Check 'use another version of Wine' and 'Configure Wine'. And click next.
  5. Select Wine 1.9.1 and click next.
  6. Select 32-bits windows installation and click next.
  7. The Wine configuration Window appears after a few seconds. At the bottom of the Window, select Windows 8.1 and click 'ok'.
  8. Back to the PlayOnLinux window: click 'Browse' and select the Skype installer you just downloaded. Click next.
  9. Follow the Skype installer.
  10. Select Skype.exe and click next to create a shortcut. Give the shortcut a name and click next again to finish the installation.
  11. Click the Skype icon in the main PlayOnLinux window and click configure. In the general tab, add following to the Arguments field. Click another field so the arguments field is saved. (replace USERNAME and PASSWORD with your credentials).

    /legacylogin /username:USERNAME /password:PASSWORD

  12. Go to the tab 'Miscellaneous' and add export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 to "Command to exec before running the program"

Main source: Skype on WineHQ

Now you can run Skype from Playonlinux.

  • Yet it's crucial to say to all GNU/Linux community: As Microsoft/Skype does not want you (GNU/Linux users), you should not be willing to install Skype. Each one of us should use one of multiple viable Skype alternatives. Note that before Microsoft bought Skype, Skype made release versions for GNU/Linux. Jan 19 '16 at 7:56
  • Using Wine 1.9.4, Skype install fails at contacting its download servers. Feb 24 '16 at 10:52
  • Hi @CeesTimmerman, does this also happen when using wine 1.9.1? Skype broke backwards compatibility a few days ago, so that might be it... Feb 24 '16 at 10:55
  • I erased the existing SkypeVD drive, let Wine install its Gecko lib (guess it didn't like the one i installed via Synaptic last time), and used the SkypeSetup.msi from WineHQ instead of the small and full setup exe from Skype.com. Now the install has completed and i'll proceed with the pulse export. Feb 24 '16 at 11:02
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    Hi Cees, thank you for testing this. Afaik, the only skype version that will work in Wine is the version I link to. Last time I check videocalling and group video chat don't work on the web version on Linux. Has this changed since then? Feb 24 '16 at 15:17

Native Skype on Ubuntu

There is a native Skype client for Ubuntu. You can open the Software and Updates applet included All Ubuntu flavors and click on the tab that says "Other Software". Make sure the Canonical Partners is ticked. Then you will be able to install the program through your favorite standard Ubuntu install method (software center, synaptic, or terminal).

or simply type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype

enter image description here You can download it from the Skype for Linux download page. Choose the Ubuntu 12.04 version from the list of distributions.

This is by far the easiest way to install Skype on Ubuntu, but there are some disadvantages to this version, the main one being that Group video chat, or video conferencing is disabled. Video Chat between just two people works.

  • f you ave nvidia optimus then you may need run skype with nvida gpu. here is the instruction how toinstall nvidia optimus on linux askubuntu.com/questions/350407/cant-use-nvidia-gpu/…
    – Pavak Paul
    Oct 15 '13 at 16:42
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    The group chat is the only thing I use Skype for, so this does not work as a solution for me. I've been using it, but thank you for confirming my suspicion that Microsoft purposefully crippled the Ubuntu version.
    – Poik
    Apr 17 '16 at 18:45
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    Lubuntu needs pulseaudio installed for it to work. Most other Distros should work out of the box. Jun 9 '16 at 1:17

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