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, and 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 through the step-by-step installation of Skype on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

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 https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY -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] https://repo.skype.com/deb 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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