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Installing Skype on Ubuntu 9.04

Since I have a Skype account and a new install of Ubuntu 9.04 I thought it would make sense to get Skype going.

In order to install Skype, it is not in the repository, you must go to the Skype web site. Quite frankly, I am not sure they give a rip about Linux users as the state of their programs for install is way behind. But you can get it to work.

Download Old Programs
You will need to download the programs that are out of date for Ubuntu.

Right Click on the Package
Open with GDebi package Installer, you will see the option with a right click.


This will open the Package Installer. Just click install.

While it is installing check your audio, headset what ever you are going to use so that you know they work. In the upper right hand corner of the Desktop you will see the audio icon, be sure to test and verify you can hear sound.


The Package Installer will install the necessary 20 programs to get Skype going. You will need access to the root account to install.


Edit Sound Devices. At the least you must edit the sound devices for Skype.
I found Skype a little tricky with my audio on the laptop. I am using a Logitech USB headphone but for some reason the audio initially only came from the laptop speakers. I fixed it with these settings which tested and worked fine.


Do your self a favor a set up a few security settings. If you want to add some security only allow calls from people that you have specifically allowed.


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  1. Kevin
    May 13, 2009 at 8:36 am

    This works for 32 bit computers. What about 64 bit computers.

  2. RY Seshan
    May 22, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I have to add few more lines to kevin response. It works only with one sound card. If addon card installed incase ur onboard sound card problem. The Mike wont work.

  3. Kadi
    May 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Hi friend,
    Thank you very much for explaining easily.

    but can u help me, i still have problem with skype
    when i do test call, the voice is breaking up
    how can i solve this problem ?
    please help me
    thanks in advance

    note : i use ubuntu 9.04

  4. May 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Often voice breaking up is a result of your Internet connection. If you are on a busy or slow connection you will see that result.

  5. hvlibl
    May 25, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Can anybody help me? I did what’s being suggested nut when I’m trying to create an account with SKYPE I can’t sign up I’m getting only options to reset or close, the middle button sign up is not active.

  6. jn clement
    May 30, 2009 at 6:45 am

    skype 2.0 on jaunty here too, it open from aplications, my user name is there, when i type my password, it says incorrect password, i changed p/w and receive confirmation by email, but same, skype wont accept my pasword, any help appreciated.

  7. mlusink
    June 5, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    i have ubuntu 9.04 and skype doesn’t want to find the right soundsettings :s
    Totem mediaplayer and soundrecorder find em without any problem!

    any advice?

    btw it’s a logitech headset but no usb connection.

  8. mlusink
    June 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    aha … first select devices, second click apply button, third click test button (i had the 2nd and 3rd in wrong order before)

    but …

    although it works, it doesn’t work optimal 😦
    when i speak, the other side hears the volume change from medium to strong and then suddenly soft.
    Someone knows a way around that?

  9. VIc Japan
    June 18, 2009 at 5:23 am

    same here , sound features out and in don work properly , I ve downloaded the version of Skype for Ubuntu version 8.* but i have the 9.04
    any suggestions?

  10. Mark
    June 22, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Doesn’t seem to want to play a test sound for me no matter what I do. But I can play mp3s, video etc fine. on Jaunty 64-bit.

  11. Rajesh Avula
    June 30, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I have installed on ubuntu-9.04, sound test and test call is not working…unable to talk with others…please suggest me proper version of skype 2.0

  12. July 11, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    pls i install skype on my laptop but i tried to make test sound it is not working and am using version 9.04ubuntu pls help

  13. Rickard
    July 15, 2009 at 8:36 am

    i have the problem with skype that i can’t call anyone. i can see frinds online but can’t accept incoming call or call:( any one know anything?
    hate going to windows for skype

  14. July 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

    If it will not make test sound …you need to try different options with your sound. For example if you are using USB headphones, go into Preferences/Sound and make sure USB headphones is selected in the sound options for each of the categories.

  15. July 15, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Unfortunately Skype is slow in updating the versions so you have to use an old one, which should work. Check your hardware settings for sound.

  16. July 15, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Check your sound settings as that is the common problem.

  17. hynek
    July 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Well, I managed to get skype and I can get even a call but every time I sign in I have to go to TERMINAL and “kill” each time several SKYPE accounts that for some reason pop in whenever I sign in or dial a number. Nobody seems to know what to do with this annoyance.

  18. itsoff the link
    July 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I am using Ubuntu 9.04 also and when I downloaded the older version skype off the link…I opened the file and it said error Wrong Architecture. i386

    How can I fix that?

  19. itso
    July 18, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    If you have ubuntu 9.04 and 64 bit and you cannot install skype at all go to http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-ubuntu-amd64

    When you download that just open with Gdeb and press install package and you are all set

  20. Dr.G
    July 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

    When I try it, it says:

    blah blah blah
    Unable to copy the user’s xauthorisation file

    WTF please help me

  21. Igor Custodio
    July 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    To Install in Ubuntu 9.04 X64 do this:

    1) Download the bin from http://www.skype.com/download/skype/linux/choose/ -> Ubuntu 7.04-8.04

    2) Install it with dpkg -i –force-architecture skype-debian_2.0.0.72-1_i386.deb
    2.1) Look that the skype-debian_2.0.0.72-1_i386.deb is the package that I downloaded from that url….

    3) That’s it …

  22. July 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Ya so I have sound problems too. So far I have found out that the best solution to this problem is….THEY NEED TO MAKE A VERSION FOR UBUNTU 9.04. 🙂

  23. JohnnyA
    August 6, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I took the advice of Itso (20th entry) and it worked a treat on my AMD laptop well done and Thanks. I had been getting the i386 error message.

  24. Chamil
    August 10, 2009 at 7:12 am

    if you still have problem with skype voice then kill your skype application.
    and type

    sudo killall pulseaudio

    then start the skype again and test!!!!

  25. August 12, 2009 at 1:50 am

    skype can install but cant login on ubuntu 9.04 ? anybody help pls thank

  26. dude
    August 30, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I tried installing Skype after installing Ubuntu 9.04 on my Dell Mini 9 netbook. The microphone did not work. I looked at the other blogs and other people have the same problem. None of the solutions worked. I reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled Ubuntu 9.04 and skype three times trying different settings. I finally gave up and reinstalled the Dell factory Ubuntu DVD.

  27. September 19, 2009 at 1:37 am

    I had Problem with getting the mic to work in skype beta and i just followed the instruction on this ubuntu help page (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Skype) for skype and it worked.

    I just did this step and skype found my usb mic from my logitech camara. I think the whole issue is the Pulseaudio driver is causing all the issue with it. Maybe you donot even have have Esound installed but i installed anyway after i did that it worked.. Made the test call and had no problems with it.

    killall pulseaudio
    sudo aptitude remove pulseaudio
    sudo aptitude install esound
    sudo aptitude remove /etc/X11/Xsession.d/70pulseaudio

  28. Pierre-Etienne
    September 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I have installed Skype 2.1 for Ubuntu but I can’t connect (blank field) and my email adress is not registred at the Skype help center.
    Could you help me?
    Sincerly yours.

  29. Tharindu
    September 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    when i try to install it gives me an error

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

    i downloaded Ubuntu 8.10+ 32-bit. my ubuntu version is 9.04

    can you please tell me what i did wrong ?

  30. Lucien Hercaud
    October 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

    It does work with Medibuntu skype


    you need skype-common + skype


  31. Pren
    October 12, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Hi, I get static from my microphone. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  32. October 16, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    If you are using ubuntu 9.04 take and read my post 28 and it will fix the mic problem.

  33. October 16, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    in you Synaptic Package Manager search for libqt4, if you select libqtcore4 or libqtgui4..it should select all the packages that need to be installed.. if not you need to install libat4-dbus


  34. Olle
    October 31, 2009 at 10:11 am

    i downloaded skype for ubuntu 8.10 64bit from skype.com

    it worked like a charm!

    i used ubuntu 9.10 64 bit

  35. November 7, 2009 at 7:54 am

    it worked like a charm on ubuntu 9.10

  36. Jose
    November 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Mine is a Compaq Presario CQ60, AMD Athlon processor, Ubuntu Jaunty 64 bit, I downloaded Skype for Ubuntu 8.10+ 64-bit and works with no problems so far …

  37. io
    November 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

    hi! i cant see videos as youtube in my computer ubuntu 9.04. any one knows how to fix it?

  38. December 6, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I had horrible problems. In the end I just downloaded the Debian package from the Skype downloads and it worked fine on my Ubuntu 9.04. Ubuntu having its roots in Debian and all that.

  39. JP
    February 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful article.

    FOr others who’ve been having problems configuring:
    Please try to change your audio device in the sound settings. To check if your microphone has been configured properly, use the sound recording program to test the microphone. If that works, then skype would automatically work 🙂

    Btw, please kill all the processes related to pulseaudio and this would work

  40. Matt
    February 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I followed the step above and I have Ubuntu 9.1 and it doesn’t even let me click download.

    This comes up:

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

    Cannot seems to get it fixed, any help appreciated.

  41. mandm
    February 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I am getting the same problem as # 6 I downloaded and installed skype but I cannot sign up for an account. I launch skype by going to APPLICATIONS -> INTERNET -> SKYPE and then click on “Don’t have a Skype name yet”. This opens up a “create a new skype account window” on which the “sign in” button is not highlighted. Can someone please tell me how to sign up for skype? Thanks!

  42. March 25, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I am new user in linux ubuntu 9.04, now i facing some problem
    please guide me how i resolve the problem.

    1. I have installed the skype as per your instruction, but when i run the installer the message appear in box.that is Error: Wrong architecture ‘amd64.

    2. when i try to use update manager the message i receive E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘sudo dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report. Please guide how i manually run sudo kpkg– configure.

    3. I have downleaded the inkscape but the problem is i don’t know how to run or install the inkscape in ubuntu the message i receive is Could not display “/home/zaf/Desktop/Inkscape-0.47-1.TIGER.PPC.dmg”.kindly guide me
    I am waiting your instruction.
    Thanks & Regards.

  43. March 25, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Are you running 32 or 64 bit Ubuntu?

  44. March 26, 2010 at 4:27 am

    i am running 64 bit

  45. kp
    March 30, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Killing pusleaudio and restarting skype did the trick for my laptop, and I’m running 64bit ubuntu 9.10

  46. geor
    April 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    i have installed the latest skype version on ubuntu 8.04 but when i try to make a call or echo/sound test, skype close.
    Please help.

  47. Suzanne
    April 14, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Thanks for the clear and simple explanation!

  48. September 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

    why in skype official site there are just for 8.10 version?

  49. October 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Yeah.. thanks Shane.. your post help me to get skype working on 9.04.

    Lets kill pulseaudio 😀

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