How To Install Skype on Debian 9 Stretch

Install Skype on Debian 9 Stretch

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Skype on your Debian 9 Stretch. For those of you who didn’t know, Skype is a very popular communication software. Skype can be used for audio and video communication as well as text. You can also call a landline for a small cost via skype. Skype also offers some rich features like voice mail, video chat, instant messaging, call forwarding, conference calling, and many more.

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 9 (Stretch) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 9 (Stretch).
  • 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 useror 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 9 Stretch

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

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Skype on Debian 9.

Run the following command to add the Skype Linux client repository to Debian 9 Stretch system:

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

Then use the following two commands to fetch and install Skype public key:

apt-key add SKYPE-GPG-KEY

You can simply install Skype with the below command:

apt-get install apt-transport-https
apt-get update
apt-get install skypeforlinux

Step 3. Accessing Skype.

Once installed, you can start Skype for Linux beta from the application menu or use the command below:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Skype. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Skype on Debian 9 Stretch system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Skype website.

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