Install Skype on Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10 Linux Mint 13 and Linux Mint 14

Everybody knows and loves Skype for their Voice Call and Video Call. In this article I will show you how to install Skype on Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint 13 and Linux Mint 14, in two easy steps.

For Ubuntu 12.04/12.10 and Linux Mint 13/14:

Step 1: Download the skype*.deb file:

$ wget

Step 2: Install Skype:

$ sudo dpkg -i skype*

Bonus: Install Skype on Debian 7:

Step 1: Download the skype*.deb file:


Step 2: Install Skype:

$ sudo dpkg -i skype*

If you get dependency issues, use sudo apt-get install -f and try again the installation with dpkg.

This is it. Despite the name of the skype*.deb file, it is multiarch, so it works on i386, i686 or x64. (or this is what they say on the skype site)

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6 comments on “Install Skype on Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10 Linux Mint 13 and Linux Mint 14
  1. Mohammad says:

    I successfully downloaded skype through this method “2013-04-14 23:51:00 (14.6 KB/s) – `getskype-linux-ubuntu-64.1′ saved [30646978/30646978]”. But when I try to install it … m_ayoub@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg -i skype*
    [sudo] password for m_ayoub:
    I try to write the password but I can’t … It couldn’t write the password … how can I take over this problem ??


  2. LinuxER says:

    the linux and unix systems do not display the password characters you insert (windows replaces the characters with dots or asterisks, but you can count them and see how many letters you have typed).

    just type in your password and press enter and if it is right, you will get logged in.

  3. Mohammad says:

    this is the new problem when i enter my pass
    “dpkg: error: dpkg status database is locked by another process”


  4. Mohammad says:

    dpkg: error processing skype (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured

    The last problem … how can i solve it ???

    sorry for any disturbance

  5. nino says:

    I had the same problem. I am solving it like this:

    When you did the dpkg -i command, it tells you that you’re installing a package that is available already packaged, but you’d never guess its name: it is skype:i386.

    So, you do: sudo apt-get install skype:i386

    It will tell you that it’s already installed, but has missing dependencies. These you solve by doing sudo apt-get -f install.

    To see if this worked you can do ‘sudo apt-get install skype:i386 again, and it will tell you that all is good.


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