Skype 4.3 Is Now Available Via The Canonical Partner Repository For Ubuntu 14.04 And Ubuntu 12.04 + Installation Instructions

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Skype 4.3 has been recently released, coming with a new user interface and improvements for the Skype client. Among others, it got support for cloud-based Group Chat, the file transfer support when using multiple devices at once got enhanced, support for PulseAudio 3.0 and PulseAudio 4.0 has been added while the support for Alsa has been dropped and the accesibility for blind and visually impaired users has been improved.

While it has been out for a while already, Skype 4.3 has been added to the Canonical Partner Repository.

 how to install Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Pinguy OS 12.04, LXLE 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014

In this article I will show you how to install Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Pinguy OS 12.04, LXLE 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

Because it is available via the Canonical Partner Repository, installing Skype 4. is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the skype package.

Follow the instructions for your system exactly, in order to get a successful installation.

How to install Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative:

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ trusty partner"
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install skype

How to install Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 12.04 and derivative:

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner"
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install skype

Optional, to remove Skype 4.3, from both Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 systems:

$ sudo apt-get remove skype

Update: Fixes?!

Unfortunately Micro$oft has done a crappy job and the Skype 4.3 client crashes. I have googled around for a solution and this is what worked for me:

$ rm -rf ~/.Skype

Also, if removing the Skype history does not fix anything, try doing this:

$ sudo apt-get sqlite3
$ sqlite3 ~/.Skype/$(whoami)/main.db
> SELECT body_xml from Messages WHERE type=68 AND body_xml LIKE '%files%' LIMIT 0,10;
> UPDATE Messages SET body_xml=substr(body_xml,instr(body_xml,'<files')) WHERE type=68 AND body_xml LIKE 'posted%'; > .quit

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5 comments on “Skype 4.3 Is Now Available Via The Canonical Partner Repository For Ubuntu 14.04 And Ubuntu 12.04 + Installation Instructions
  1. Richard says:

    Attempted to install Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 14.04.1 following the procedure above after removing Skype 4.2. It installed Skype 4.2 again; which does not work: http://askubuntu.com/questions/506019/how-to-get-rid-off-the-skype-error-skype-cant-connect-on-ubuntu-12-04-lts

    • Geekster says:

      in my test i have managed to install Skype 4.3 via that repository. most likely it hasn’t been made available for or its mirrors?!

    • R. Blair says:

      I too tried the above and it failed for me as well. What worked is installing the version for ubuntu 10.04 from the .deb file on the skype download site. Yes, I am running 14.04 64 bit and this solved the problem on two such systems.

  2. jon77 says:

    R Blair wrote “What worked is installing the version for ubuntu 10.04 from the .deb file on the skype download site.”

    Good clue, thanks :))

    I’m on Mint 15 (ubuntu 13.04), which is now unsupported so i cannot get Skype43 from the repo. So I got the 12.04 multi-arch (because i’m on 64-bit) from Skype download. No problem installing. Used the ‘skype call testing service’ and the audio is fine. (Don’t use video much, so didn’t try it yet.)

  3. jon77 says:

    Should have mentioned that i did
    sudo apt-get remove skype:i386
    before running the new deb package.

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