[Quick Tip] How to Install Skype 4.3 in Ubuntu 15.10

Last updated: October 26, 2015

Skype Ubuntu 15.10

Quick tutorial that shows beginner how to install the Skype 4.3 client for Linux in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf.

This just is a rewritten of one my old tutorial when the 4.3 release was released to make the installation more clear and easy to understand!

Skype Call

Skype Audio/Video Call

1. Enable Canonical Partners repository.

The partner repositories offer access to proprietary and closed-source software and are not enabled by default, e.g., adobe-flashplugin, google-cloud-sdk, and skype.

To add the repository, launch Software & Updates and then go to Other Software tab. Check first two boxes as shown below:

Canonical Partners repository

2. Refresh package cache and install Skype

For graphical way, install Synaptic Package Manager in Software Center. Then launch the software to refresh your system repositories, search for and install skype.

Install skype via Synaptic

For those who prefer Linux commands, launch terminal from the Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install skype

Finally, launch the client from the Dash/Launcher and Enjoy!


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12 responses to [Quick Tip] How to Install Skype 4.3 in Ubuntu 15.10

  1. 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. Yousaf M. Shaikh November 22, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I was searching the Ubuntu Software Centre and it wasn’t showing up. Now it works like a charm. :)

  3. These instructions do not work on ubuntu 15.10 64bit , there is only skype in the repo , i’ve enabled the partners repo on updated, this is the exact same version as if for download on the skype website.

    I got it working by downloading the tar.gz from the skype website and running the static skype binary from there. Its easy to do but it lacks system integration which is a shame.

    • You are wrong bro, it works for me and i have ubuntu 15.10 64bit.

    • Amias, I have Ubuntu 15.10 and Skype is working perfectly. I just confirmed that the sources were checked and executed the command to install it. It’s running fine.

  4. Works perfectly. Thank you so much!

  5. @Amias Channer that is not ture, it does work, but whether it is the same ver or not I don’t know, nor I care really…

  6. Hey thanks a lot! I worked like a charm. Your method helped to install in a very short time.

  7. Thanx works fine for me at Zorin OS 11 64bit

  8. I’m running Ubuntu 15.10 (i386) with all the standard repositories…
    Only skype 4.2 shows up in Synaptic – No sign of 4.3 yet…
    Any clues as to why?

  9. Hi.
    what the f… wants skype with this?
    skype: /opt/libreoffice3.6×1/ure/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.21′ not found (required by /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libQtWebKit.so.4)
    skype: /opt/libreoffice3.6×1/ure/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.15′ not found (required by /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libQtWebKit.so.4)
    skype: /opt/libreoffice3.6×1/ure/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.20′ not found (required by /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libQtWebKit.so.4)
    skype: /opt/libreoffice3.6×1/ure/lib/libxml2.so.2: version `LIBXML2_2.9.0′ not found (required by /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libxslt.so.1)
    Do you know whats wrong ther?

  10. Marwa El Diwiny April 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    It works, but I can’t see video calls icons while I am trying to contact , any help