How To Install Skype on Debian 11

Install Skype on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Skype on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Skype is one of the most popular communication applications allowing you to call your friends, family, and colleagues across the globe over the Internet for free. Another feature that Skype has been a leader in for many years is instant messaging and file sharing. The software is owned by Microsoft, is free, and does not require a license.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Skype on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 or Debian 11.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Skype on Debian 11 Bullseye

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https curl

Step 2. Installing Skype on Debian 11.

Now we download and import the Skype signing GPG key to your system:

curl -sSL -o skype_gpg_key
gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring ./skype_signing_key_temp.gpg --import ./skype_gpg_key
gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring ./skype_signing_key_temp.gpg --export > ./skype_signing_key.gpg
sudo mv skype_signing_key.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/

Next, import the Skype repository with the following command to your system:

echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

After the repository was added, now run the following command to install Skype on the Debian system:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install skypeforlinux

Step 3. Accessing Skype on Debian.

Once successfully installed, you start it from the command line with skypeforlinux or by going to Activities -> Search for Skype.

Install Skype on Debian 11 Bullseye

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Skype. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Skype on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Skype website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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