How to Install Skype 2 on 64-bit Ubuntu

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Skype is software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service and to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.


Method 1

Preparing your system

sudo aptitude install ia32-libs lib32asound2 libasound2-plugins

Install Skype on 64-bit ubuntu

First you need to download .deb package from here

After downloaded .deb package you need to install using the following command

sudo dpkg -i --force-all <skypepackagename.deb>

Method 2

Using medibuntu Repositories

Enter each command in terminal window

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring

sudo apt-get update

Install skype using the following command

sudo apt-get install skype

For users with sound problems due to PulseAudio, Medibuntu also offers the package "skype-static-oss". Once installed, skype can be run through pulse audio with "padsp skype".

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14 thoughts on “How to Install Skype 2 on 64-bit Ubuntu

  1. None of the above worked for me under Ubuntu Intrepid 64 bit. The medibuntu seemed to work best. It worked flawlessly. However, Skype is no where to be found? I am wondering how I can uninstall because it might cause problems?? Please advise. Thanks!

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  2. @kushykush

    You have two options now

    1) Press Alt+F2 and enter skype click on Run

    2)add a menu icon from the command line

    sudo gedit ~/Desktop/Skype.desktop

    [Desktop Entry]
    Encoding=UTF-8
    Version=2.0
    Type=Application
    Terminal=false
    Exec=skype
    Name=Skype
    Icon=/usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png

    After this now you need to go to Applications—>Internet—>Skype

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  3. Method 1 did not work until I realised that you need to have 2 neg signs in front of the force command:

    — force

    In the text, the word processor combined them to look like one symbol.

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  4. here is the solution for skype 2.0 on intrepid amd64

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ia32-libs/+bug/273693

    1. Create /etc/ld.so.conf.d/alsa32.conf with the following contents:
    /usr/lib32/alsa-lib

    2. Create /etc/ld.so.conf.d/alsa64.conf with the following contents:
    /usr/lib/alsa-lib

    3. sudo ldconfig

    4. Open /usr/share/alsa/pulse.conf in the editor and remove the “/usr/lib/alsa-lib/” prefix from the libasound_module_conf_pulse.so file.

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  5. I used Method 1 to install Skype but encountered the following error on the Terminal:

    bash: syntax error near unexpected token `newline’

    So would you please help me how to I solve it?

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