How to Install Skype 4.2 in Elementary OS Luna

Last updated: August 14, 2013

This simple tutorial shows you how to install Skype in the Elementary OS 0.2 Luna. As you may know, Elementary OS is a lightweight and beautiful Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise. So that you can easily install Skype in it via the Canonical Partners repository.

Skype in Elemantary OS

To get started, start the Software Center from dock, navigate to Edit -> Software Sources…

Elementary software sources

In next window, go to Other Software tab. Check the boxes to enable Canonical Partners repository:

elementary enable canonical partners repository

After that, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal window. Run below commands to update package lists and install Skype:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install skype

Install skype in Elementary OS

Once done, you can open Skype from the top-left Applications menu.


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4 responses to How to Install Skype 4.2 in Elementary OS Luna

  1. When I do according to the instruction I get the following error message; what to do?
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    skype : Depends: skype-bin
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

  2. I also get the same response as Henrik. Are there any alternatives that would make skype work on linux?

  3. Had the same problem some says ago.

    Workaround: Just deactivate the “elementary-os/os-patches” repository and do a “sudo apt-get update”. Now you should be able to install skype and other i386 programs.

  4. Great post. This is such an easy solution — hard to imagine why so many bad answers are out there.