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 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.


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

  1. Anonymous says:

    Method two worked fine for me. I logged in and it worked fine.

  2. mikke says:

    Thanks for your help Dipin.First method doesn't work but the second is OK.See you

  3. thanks for this… not a great help but it works… aheheheheComment by: The Rookie Blogger

  4. kyle_dent says:

    Eric (a few posts up) it means that you are running with an intel chipset as opposed to an AMD. That download is for AMD processors only. Download for I386 Intel chipset, which is what you need. Cheers,Kyle

  5. Allen says:

    Method two worked the first time for me. I’ve been struggling with this issue for weeks.


  6. Robert says:

    im new to ubuntu and the second method was fast easy and worked just fine

    thank you

  7. Cannae says:

    Did the first one but sudo apt-get install skype failed to find skype.

    Then used the second method with a Debian bouble click and it installed on my i386.

    There was a missing dependency on second one until I did the first up to sudo apt-get install skype then the Debian double click worked perfect.


  8. saltydog says:

    No more skype on medibuntu repositories as of today!

  9. NextGE says:

    Thanks Guys,

    I just tried second method, so far so good.

    Keep up good work!!!!

  10. eRiC says:

    2nd method is just what I tried in the first place: goto skype download latest package, doubleclick: Fehler: Falsche Systemarchitektur »i386«
    Error: wrong system architechture »i386«

    what does that mean?

    And 1st method? I’m new to linux and ubuntu. But not afraid of code though. But what is my “source.list”?!?

  11. A says:

    Hi , the 2nd works fine @ first shoot.

    (I did not try the first.)
    … even if we should work “Microsoft-different” and double click is always the same…

    The easiest the better. x32.KK9.10
    Thank you for your help.

  12. Deivis says:

    First procedure worked for me. 9.10 x32

  13. Winston says:

    The first method worked for me

  14. Reinaldo says:

    A instalação funcionou perfeitamente, porém o áudio com pulseaudio não funcionou. A mensagem de erro é… “RtApiAlsa: underrun detected”

    Fortaleza – CE – Brasil

  15. Reinaldo says:

    Comigo a instalação funcionou perfeitamente, porém o áudio com o pulseaudio não funcionou. A mensagem de erro é… “RtApiAlsa: underrun detected”

    Fortaleza – Brasil

  16. Patrick et Valérie! says:

    #1 Worked like a charm, BUT:

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

    FYI I am on Kubuntu 9.10, x64 flavor.


  17. Joshua says:

    Method 2 worked softly for me.
    Thanks a lot!

  18. Maurício says:

    BUT I need to install medibuntu first, by
    # sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
    and add the line
    deb karmic free non-free
    to that archive, ant then update and install skype.

  19. Maurício says:

    Nothing worked here. The first method broke when I tried

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

    and the second says, after the launch, wrong architeture ‘i386’.

    Any one can help me?

  20. Dipin Krishna says:

    Try installing the skype version 2.0 and and select “HD Intel (hw:0)” option in skype’s autio properties.

    If you have already installed Skype 2.1 from Medibuntu Repos, you will have to uninstall skype-common via synaptic, as well as skype, or else the Skype 2.0 package will not install via GDebi.

    Get the verion 2.0 from here

  21. Ramon says:

    I installed Skype on Karmic, but it does not seem to detect any microphones. It detected my webcam and that is the microphone I use. Can anybody help please?

  22. Miodrag says:

    both of methods did not work for me.
    in both case system write me a message that I don’t have some packets:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    Depends: ia32-libs (>= 1.6) but it is not going to be installed

    Depends: lib32asound2 (> 1.0.14) but it is not going to be installed

    Depends: lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1-21+ia32.libs.1.19) but it is not going to be installed

    Depends: lib32nss-mdns but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1-21) but it is not going to be installed

    Depends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.3.2) but it is not going to be installed

    E: Broken packages

  23. Gerard says:

    I used the 1st method just because I wanted it a lil bit harder and it worked fine with me!

  24. Gabriela Motta says:

    second for me too… but i haven’t tried the first one. thank you

  25. we_wake says:

    second procedure worked for me. the one downloading .deb package but not the commands in the terminal.

  26. Christopher says:

    Method 2 worked for me first time for installation. Thank you. I cannot seem to get Skype to run at startup though, but that’s probably down to me.

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