How to Install Skype on Debian 11 / Debian 10


Skype is one of the world’s most popular communication tools, allowing you to call your friends, family, and colleagues across the globe over the Internet for free.

Skype has revolutionized the way people communicate, and it’s now available on just about every platform imaginable, from smartphones to video game consoles to computers and laptops.

Here, we will see how to install Skype on Debian 11 / Debian 10.

Setup Skype Repository

Skype package is available as a deb package for download from the official page. But, here, we will configure the repository to download and install it through the apt package manager.

Update the repository index using the apt command

sudo apt update

Install the HTTPS support for apt to get packages from Skype and other repositories.

sudo apt install -y curl apt-transport-https

Download and import the Skype signing GPG key to your system. Perform the steps based on your operating system.

Debian 11

curl -sSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/skype-keyring.gpg

Debian 10

curl -s | sudo apt-key add -

Now, add the Skype repository to your system.

Debian 11

echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/skype-keyring.gpg] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

Debian 10

echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

Install Skype on Debian

First, update the repository index.

sudo apt update

Then, install Skype with the below command.

sudo apt install -y skypeforlinux

Launch Skype

Once the Skype installation is completed, you start it from the command line with skypeforlinux or by going to Activities » Search for Skype.

You can now sign in to Skype with your account and start making calls to your loved ones.

Skype Running on Debian
Skype Running on Debian

Update Skype

Since the system already has the Skype repository, you can use the apt to update the Skype to the latest version at any time.

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade skypeforlinux


That’s All. I hope you have learned how to install Skype on Debian 11 / Debian 10.

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