How to Install Skype Web Client (Unofficial) in Ubuntu

September 17, 2015 — 9 Comments

Skype Web UI

Skype native client available in Ubuntu partner repository sucks? Try this unofficial client based on Skype Web version. .

Microsoft provides a web version of Skype allows users to chat and call friends using a web browser. For Linux, you can run the Skype Web as a desktop application (without browser) via an open source program called skype-unofficial-client.

The project is created two days ago. It’s built on top of node webkit and uses system’s notification.

Skype Web client

How to install:

This software works on all Ubuntu releases and other Linux. Just open terminal from the Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys.


When it opens, run below commands one by one:

1. Download the source:

git clone

2. Navigate to the source folder in some terminal via:

cd skype-unofficial-client

3. Depends on your OS type, check out top-right corner shutdown menu -> About Computer, select run:

For 32-bit OS run:

sudo make linux_x86

For 64-bit OS run:

sudo make linux_x64

You can now launch it from main menu or via /opt/skype_unofficial_client/skype command. And remove the source folder in your home folder to clean up.

(Optional) To remove this unofficial client, just run below commands to remove the installation files:

sudo rm -R /opt/skype_unofficial_client/

sudo rm /usr/share/applications/Skype.desktop

sudo rm /usr/bin/skype-desktop


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9 responses to How to Install Skype Web Client (Unofficial) in Ubuntu

  1. audio and video call are not suported in your OS (Ubuntu 15.04).
    So his skype version is useless !

    • It’s the microsoft web version, there is no “his” version.. Audio and Video aren’t supported on any Linux distro.. Which probably explains why I use Hangouts for all video calls.

  2. Based on the web version?? It is the web version! You can do the exact same thing by creating an application short-cut in chrome browser!

  3. Removed immediately after install.. Adds nothing simply creating an application short-cut in Chrome doesn’t already do.

  4. Thanks for this, official client really sucks.

  5. + for “Adds nothing simply creating an application short-cut in Chrome doesn’t already do”

    As long as this application has no icon for the tray – it is absolutely useless.

  6. Tried this on Fedora 23;

    [fermulator@hostname skype_unofficial_client]$ ./skype
    ./skype: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    [fermulator@hostname skype_unofficial_client]$ pwd

    Why does this require the X11 libXss screensaver runtime library? Is it a requirement?

  7. I didn’t read the comments until after I created this… What a pointless article. Take this down and it doesn’t fix anything.

  8. Actually, I like this app based edition of skype web, as chrome usually gives stuttering in other tabs when I open skype web with it.
    One real issue is lack of notification support and system tray support. Please add those options.

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