The two methods  below doesn’t work now. Please see for a successfull installation of skype on ubuntu.

I have provided two methods. Please do comment which one is successful.

Follow these steps to install skype in ubuntu 9.10 (64 bit).

        First add:
            deb karmic free non-free
        to your /etc/apt/source.list

Now open a terminal and type:

$ sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Then do an update:

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get –yes -q –allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring
$ sudo apt-get -q update

And finally install Skype.

$ sudo apt-get install skype

Ready … now start skype with

$ skype


Download the setup
32 -bit
64 -bit

Launch the Skype install .deb file (just double click it) and follow the on screen prompts.

(To start Skype  at system startup)
Go to “System -> Preferences -> Startup Application”, Click “Add” and enter the following details:

  • Name: Skype
  • Command: skype

Click “Save”
Next time you start your system Skype will auto-launch.

Enjoy using Skype in ubuntu.


37 Responses to “How to install Skype on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala”

  1. Anonymous says:

    what is advantage of method 1? will it do update automatic?

  2. Mahi says:

    Thanks for your instructions, it was a great help for me!!!!

  3. rim says:

    thanks it helped a lot!

  4. Musa Ni says:

    method #2 worked fine for me. I didn't try method #1, because method #2 looked easier. :-p

  5. Marlos says:

    the second option work for me, thank you

  6. noah says:

    The second way worked for me after I updated my system.Thanks!

  7. redmistpete says:

    says package is only available from a different source, maybe removed due to being obsolete. Same thing happened using tweak ubuntu and other tutorials using a fresh 9.10 install. Installed from deb instead.

  8. preety says:

    This is what i m getting when i tried to download if any one knows please help

    /tmp/skype-ubuntu-intrepid_2.1.0.47-1_i386.deb could not be saved, because you cannot change the contents of that folder.

    Change the folder properties and try again, or try saving in a different location.ET

  9. Predrag says:

    First one didn’t work.. it gave me a message:

    Package skype is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    Second one worked so thanks anyway..

  10. Joel Zehring says:

    The terminal commands result in a 404 Error. Any advice?

  11. Joel Zehring says:

    Neither option has worked, yet. The 64-bit package results in an error message: “The package might be corrupted or you are not allowed to open the file. Check permissions of the file.”

  12. Kae says:

    Hi Dipin Krishna,

    It works well for me too. I used your download link for 32-bit. Oh, you saved my day as I always had audio problem with skype in ubuntu Karmic Koala and have to switch to windows whenever I want to use the skype. Now all the burdens are gone. Thank you so much for the link and suggestions. 🙂

  13. Justin says:

    Second option worked for me.

  14. Ronii says:

    Perfecto me ha funcionado 🙂

  15. luca says:

    The first one worked fine for me! Thanks!

  16. ttbek says:

    I was using 9.04 and upgraded it to 9.10, was the source list location changed in 9.10 and not updated if you upgrade rather than do a fresh install? If not then the directory to add the repository to is incorrect, should be /etc/apt/sources.list rather than /etc/apt/source.list

  17. svaens says:

    to be honest, skype 2.1 beta was working absolutely perfect (except if you allow skype to set the mic level).
    That was in Jaunty.
    Do a fresh install of Karmic, and now I see problems like the invisible menu items, and a full on crash of the system on click of the options button…
    Didn’t happen in Jaunty. I’m bound to believe it is Karmic causing the shakiness, not Skype, this time..

  18. Pelle says:

    I clicked the 32 bit deb file thing below and all worked flawlessly – the INSTALLATION, that is. Now, Skype itself seems to be somewhat shakey under 9.10, but it works most of the time. Mostly, things like invisible menu options, being unable to erase saved user name in the log in box, unless you mouse click to “remove” etc.

  19. Lisha says:

    Yay! After removing Skype from my system entirely because it stopped working after the system upgrade, I was able to reinstall it from your instructions and now it works.

    I used the first set of instructions, by the way, and everything works fine.

    Thank you!

  20. Marin says:

    Thank you, l tried from the 32 bit, it works very well!

  21. Giulia says:

    Perfetto, grazie mille!!

  22. ken says:

    WOMM! Thanks

  23. Toms Beinerts says:

    Tried 1st and after simply double clicking got :

    Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: libqt4-dbus (>= 4.4.3)

    What could be the problem?

    Couldnt try 2nd as not use to terminall and all that stuff

  24. Bob Coss says:

    I just clicked on the 32 bit deb file, and let Ubuntu do the hard work for me. Perfect!

  25. Felix says:

    Thank you very much. Works just perfectly!

  26. tcgrier says:

    I installed using the first method, that is the terminal. All went precisely as desired. Works great. Thanks!

  27. askbillmitchell says:

    Just to give a heads up there is a beta version for some of us that are having a hard time with sound config issues. Version is out and can be obtained at which is not in the repositories.

  28. ganesh says:

    The second one through .deb file worked for me, the first one displayed following message and was one progressing beyond so i stopped it and used second method

    Get:40 karmic-proposed/universe Sources [6,873B]
    Get:41 karmic-proposed/multiverse Sources [1,086B]
    Get:42 stable Release.gpg [191B]
    Ign stable/non-free Translation-en_US
    Get:43 stable Release [1,310B]
    Get:44 stable/non-free Packages [954B]
    Hit stable Release.gpg
    Ign stable/main Translation-en_US
    99% [Waiting for headers]
    Hit stable Release
    Ign stable/main Packages
    Ign stable/main Packages
    99% [Waiting for headers]

  29. Alex Murphy says:

    Thanks mate, was great help!

  30. Sarah says:

    The first one perfectly worked for me too ! Thanks !!

  31. behind the world says:

    thank you very much

  32. Gideon says:

    I,m new to ubuntu and did the first one and got the following: bt_audio_service_open: connect() failed: Connection refused (111). any idea what I did wrong and how to fix it. Thanks Gideon

  33. glaucopis says:

    The first one worked for me… thanks!

  34. deGaja says:

    I have installed from gnome-terminal. Everything is ok. thanx

  35. franco says:

    ok work very good.

  36. bark009 says:

    I installed from the 32 bit .deb package linked on your page, worked like a charm on 9.10, and no further setup. Thanks for the page!

  37. Jero!! says:

    it does work for me .


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