Install Skype 5.1 beta On Ubuntu / LinuxMint

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In this tutorial i will show you how to install the latest beta version of skype 5.1 in Ubuntu 16.04 / 16.10 and LinuxMint


skype a free cross-platform application that provides user with a modern internet telephony and instant messaging and it is based on VOIP technology.It is available for windows, MacOS and Linux Operating systems.d

By using this application you can make free video and messaging to another skype contact as free.
Skype recently released a new version(beta) 5.1 with new features and improvements

Changelog in Skype 5.1 beta

  • Updated to Electron 1.6.2
  • Improved installer scripts that register the Skype update repository for you
  • Many smaller improvements and bugfixes

Installation steps:

Method 1 : Deb file

you can download the skype from the official site from here , Once it is downloaded , install it by using the dpkg command

dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb
Method 2 : Using skype repo
Step 1 : Check and install the transport-https package
dpkg -s apt-transport-https > /dev/null || bash -c "sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y"
Step 2 : Install the GPG key
curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -
Step 3 : Add skype repo to your pc
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list
Step 4 : Update the repo
sudo apt-get update
Step 5 : Install skype 5.1
sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux
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