The new Skype version has been released and it comes with new features and an updated UI. It also provides direct Alsa support, now it uses PulseAudio for better calling experience. Here’s what you can expect:

  • An updated UI
  • Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience
  • More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once
  • Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users
  • PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support
  • Lot of bug fixes

Installing Skype 4.3 on 64bit architecture Linux systems is a bit tricky though, because Skype only provides packages for 32 bit systems. It’s tricky, not impossible. Here’s how:

First of all, download the .deb or .rpm package from Skype website. Select your distribution and choose to Save the file to disk. DO NOT try to auto install it using any of the graphical package managers. If a download dialog automatically pops-up, cancel it, right-click on the download link and choose “Save target as”. Save the .deb or .rpm file in your home directory.

Installing Skype on Ubuntu 14.04 64bit

Make sure every repository is selected in your “Software & Updates”:

Installing Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 14.04

Now, open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and type these in:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gdebi
cd whatever/directory/you/downloaded/skype/to
sudo gdebi skype*.deb

This will download a lot of packages needed to run 32bit applications on a 64bit system so it may take a while. But look at it this way, you only need to do this once. ;-)

After everything is downloaded and installed, run this command from a terminal to launch it:


Installing Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 14.04 64bit

Installing Skype on Fedora 20 64bit

Asuming you already saved the package ‘skype-’ to your home directory, open a terminal and run:

sudo yum -y install libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 pulseaudio-libs-glib2.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 qtwebkit.i686
cd whatever/directory/you/saved/skype/to
sudo yum install skype-

It wasn’t hard, was it? ;-)

Now launch it with:


Installing Skype 4.3 on Fedora20 64bit

HowTo: Install Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 14.04 64bit and Fedora 20 64bit
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  • What folder would you suggest to choose here: cd whatever/directory/you/downloaded/skype/to

    Trying to install it on Ubuntu 14.04 64bit and have not been able to get it working yet. When I install it from the repository it installs without any error, but nothing happens when I click the icon to run the program.

    So I have been trying to do a manual install and have removed and purged skype numerous times trying to find every different way to install, but so far nothing has worked.

    • LinuxLove

      First of all, remove skype from your computer

      sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin:i386 skype:i386
      sudo apt-get purge skype

      Remove Skype settings folder from your home directory:

      rm -rf ~/.Skype/

      Now, to install Skype 4.3, either download the .deb file from Skype webpage and use gdebi to install:

      cd ~
      sudo apt-get install gdebi
      sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386
      sudo gdebi install ~/skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb

      Or, use a repository:

      sudo add-apt-repository “deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner”
      sudo update
      sudo apt-get install skype