Howto- Install Skype in Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

Question: How to Install Skype in Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 Quantal Quetzal?


This is a frequently asked question i received in my email from Newbies, bellow the installation instructions in ubuntu 10.04 and above including 12.10 Quantal Quetzal.




1- Download skype from the download page

2- Open the downloaded file and click install:

3- Go to Menu and Open Skype.

That`s all.


  • Anonymous

    No need for webdownload as it’s available in the software centre if you’ve enebled the partner repository.

  • John Coleman

    I’ve enabled everything in the Software Center and there is no Skype!

  • Asd

    Open terminal, sudo apt-get update
    Should now be in software center

  • Asd

    Open terminal, sudo apt-get update
    Should now be in software center

  • Ecc

     it’s not in 12.04

  • Dori

    Still have the video problem (running amd64), anyone know how to fix it, the usual with doesn’t seem to work.

  • Christian

    Agree with Ecc. But in terminal it works. Just activate Partner-Rep and install via “sudo apt-get install skype”

  • Toni

    I like your watch from desktop….how to install on my pc?

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  • Jacoblorensen

    Easy to install, difficult to make it work properly. Try this:
    1) Start skype from the left-side menu
    2) Log in
    3) Close the skype window

    Woups, skype window and “tray” icon is gone. DId skype close?

    4) try and restart skype

    The skype log in dialog appear. Oh. So skype did not close?

    5) log in to skype

    Woups, error message: “Another skype instance may exist”

    So – now we’re in trouble. Skype thinks skype is running, but unity thinks otherwise. Better start up your xterm, “killall skype”, and restart it. Remember not to close the skype window any more as we used to, leaving it in the “system tray”.

  • Red Adaya

    This is cool, however I have a dual monitor and it shows up in my 2nd monitor. Any way I can move it to my primary monitor?

  • Pimmelbums

    Installing it from the deb file produces a faulty skype install, making skype not showing its icon in the upper panel. Had to install it via terminal and now it works. I hope you will update your instructions. Because they led me to that faulty skype install.

  • Domar

    Nice desktop widget(s) in picture 3!
    How is/are they called and where can I get them?

  • Zinovsky
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  • Guest

    How to activate partner-rep?

  • bol

    Open “Software update” from top/right wheel icon, and click button “Parameters”, tabs “other software” and checked “Canonical partners”, Button close, will refresh the list. After you could execute the command line.

  • bol

    Now, i have the visual applet.

  • Mustafa Sinan Özer

    how can I get skype offline installer for ubuntu, I live in UAE and I cant access skype website (or download from the repository), it is blocked in here. or please guide me to a solution

    thank you

  • Cptnmurff

    Thanks Guys, You fixed my problem…

  • Mrnatelantz

    Install via  terminal is quick and easy! The other method doesn’t work

  • ICaptnbob

    How do I get webcam to work. Cheese shows webcam, but in Skype the preview is black. Using a logitech S5510

  • David Fox

    this  installs skype but get no icon on desktop & cannot open it

  • SMed79


    Easy to install Skype from terminal :

    sudo add-apt-repository “deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner”
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install skype

    Enjoy ;)

  • Saurabh Bansal

    This is an excellent tutorial to install skype on ubuntu 12.04. Can u please also explain how to install skype 4.0 on ubuntu? I tried installing it but ran into problems.

  • SMed79


    Since Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), Skype is part of the Canonical partner repository. To install Skype add the Canonical Partner Repository. You can do this by running the command:

    sudo add-apt-repository “deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner”
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype


  • peter mare

    Is there anyway to make the program look better?

  • Pavel

    Вот тут описано еще немного, возможно кому поможет.

  • Danny Dodge

    doesn’t work at all on mine,

  • Mary

    You’ll probably need to use a proxy.