Skype on 64-bit Gutsy

Forget about all the complicated tutorials and installing a billion libs. This is the quick and easy way:

  1. Make sure you have the latest 32-bit libs
    apt-get install ia32-libs
  2. Download the latest static version of Skype. Right now it is:
  3. Extract it with
    tar -xf skype_static-
  4. Move it to /usr/local
    mv skype_static- /usr/local/
  5. Create a symbolic link to it
    ln -s /usr/local/skype_static- /usr/local/skype
  6. Create another one in /usr/bin/
    ln -s /usr/local/skype/skype /usr/bin/
  7. Run it
Update: If you want to create an icon on your Desktop for Skype, than:
  1. Create a file called Skype.desktop
    gedit ~/Desktop/Skype.desktop
  2. Copy-paste this into the file
    [Desktop Entry]

That's it. Have fun!

Posted byvfxdude at 4:29 PM  


Anonymous said... October 29, 2007 at 3:45 PM  

thank you very much! at last some easy way to get it working!

any ideas on how to make opera work same way?

vfxdude said... October 29, 2007 at 10:42 PM  


glad it worked for you!

Getting Opera running is following the same principle of using the static compiled packages.

1. Go to the Opera download page

2. Under "Select distribution and vendor", choose "Other/Static DEB" to download the static package.

3. Install it with
dpkg -i --force-all opera_whatever.deb

4. Run with

Have fun!

Anonymous said... December 1, 2007 at 7:43 PM  

these instructions are useful and compact. thanks a lot!

Anonymous said... January 17, 2008 at 6:51 PM  

Nice and easy, I like it.

Will it work with a newer version of skype? This one does not seem to use my webcam (however that could be because my drivers are not installed yet).

Anonymous said... January 19, 2008 at 6:25 PM  

Sure. It works the same way with the latest 2.0 beta. Check it out!

Anonymous said... February 25, 2008 at 2:13 PM  

I'm having some problems in step 7. When I try to run skype error message shows:

error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory.

Is it possible to get for CentOS, and if is, where could I get it?

mr91nk said... May 25, 2008 at 10:52 AM  
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mr91nk said... May 25, 2008 at 10:53 AM  

Kudos for a very simple and straightforward description. Works like a dream for me! :)

Anonymous said... June 16, 2008 at 8:55 PM  

thanks, great!

Anonymous said... November 27, 2008 at 11:07 PM  

Thanks for the very easy guide! My problem is that when I try to run Skype, I get a message "No protocol specified". Is the problem with my newest Kubuntu (8.something, if I remember correctly)? My Skype package is therefore instead of what you had on the example. Anyway, if someone could help me solve this, I would appreciate it!

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