I use Ubuntu 16.04

I want to install Skype for Linux through the console.

Is it possible?

If I try to install via Software Installer, it closes automatically.


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Skype for Linux

You can download Skype on official website. They have two versions: DEB and RPM. Link to download - Skype for Linux

Install Skype for Linux on Debian/Ubuntu via console

  1. Install apt-transport-https:

    sudo apt install apt-transport-https
  2. Download key GPG key:

    curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -
  3. Add Skype to the list of Apt repositories:

    echo "deb https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skypeforlinux.list
  4. Install Skype for Linux:

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install skypeforlinux
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    apt-transport-https shouldn't be needed anymore. The debian package page says "This is a dummy transitional package - https support has been moved into the apt package in 1.5. It can be safely removed." Still, that command is harmless and the rest was exactly what I was looking for. +1
    – craq
    Nov 12, 2017 at 8:22
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    @Dantes I just performed these steps and all went well until I got '~$ sudo apt install skypeforlinux Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package skypeforlinux' Jun 6, 2018 at 9:26
  • This approach works fine and it skype is working. Only issue is that in Ubuntu 18.04 a launcher icon is not being created. Can you suggest a fix for it? Thanks!
    – Gayan
    Oct 11, 2018 at 4:22

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