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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 -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 Comments to “How to Install Skype 2 on 64-bit Ubuntu”

  1. kushykush says:

    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!


  2. kushykush says:

    It appears that medibuntu has installed Skype. But I do not see it. Where did it install?


  3. admin says:


    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]

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


  4. Marco says:

    Interesting article, but read before deciding of installing Skype


  5. Jacques says:

    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.


  6. mariuz says:

    here is the solution for skype 2.0 on intrepid amd64

    1. Create /etc/ with the following contents:

    2. Create /etc/ with the following contents:

    3. sudo ldconfig

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


  7. mariuz says:

    Here are the issues i have fixed on my amd64 intrepid box with pulse audio

    ps:please don’t use aptitude , in my case it removes some packages that i stil need them


  8. Abhishek says:

    Hey guys there is a 64 bit version available by Skype at


  9. guy says:

    Thanks for the useful post!
    The skype-static-oss package solved my problems.


  10. rwheindl says:

    Skype Version 64bit is released for 8.10, and it installed fine on my Ubuntu Studio (8.04) installation – worked like a charm.


  11. n0mad says:

    Saved my day.


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  13. Gizat says:

    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?


  14. Acidsolution says:

    you save my day !!


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