Skype requires no introduction! It is one of the popular telecommunication application for making voice and video calls, sending text messages, sharing your screen, photos, videos, documents, and files with your family and friend etc., no matter what device you use Skype on. In the earlier days (and nowadays too), Skype is being widely used for job interviews and meeting clients worldwide. It works on almost all devices, including the mobile phones, tablets, PCs, Macs, and Linux. In the past, we had to manually compile and install it or depend on any third-party repositories to install Skype. Good thing is Microsoft has released Skype as Snap app, so installing Skype on Linux is not a big deal now.
Installing Skype On Linux
Since Microsoft launched Skype application as a snap to cater to more Linux users, we need to install Snapd first. if you haven't install Snapd on your Linux system yet, refer this link. Make sure your Snapd version is >=2.40 version. If you use old version of snapd, you will get an error like below when installing snaps.
error: unknown flag `classic'
To check for the Snapd version, run:
$ snap --version snap 2.42.5 snapd 2.42.5 series 16 ubuntu 18.04 kernel 5.3.0-28-generic
After installing snapd, search if Skype is available in the snap store using command:
$ snap find skype
Name Version Publisher Notes Summary skype 18.104.22.168 skype* classic One Skype for all your devices. New features. New look. All Skype. audio-recorder 3.0.5+rev1432+pkg-7b07 brlin - A free audio-recorder for Linux (EXTREMELY BUGGY) guvcview 2.0.6+pkg-f796 brlin - A simple v4l2 full-featured video grabber spreedme 0.29.5snap1 nextcloud* - Spreed.ME audio/video calls and conferences feature for the Nextcloud Snap ramboxpro 1.2.2 ramboxapp* - Rambox Pro discord-yamiyukisenpai 0.0.9 yamiyukisenpai - Free voice and text chat
Yes, it is available in the snap store. Let us go ahead and install it.
Please be mindful that this revision of snap "skype" was published using classic confinement and thus may perform arbitrary system changes outside of the security sandbox that snaps are usually confined to, which may put your system at risk. If you understand the risk and still want to proceed, run the following command to install Skype:
$ sudo snap install skype --classic
Once installed, launch it either from the application launcher or Terminal by typing the following command:
Login using your skype id and password or create a new id if you don;t have one already.
Not happy with Skype? It's alright! You can uninstall it using command:
$ sudo snap remove skype