Skype 4.3 for Linux

Enjoy the upcoming summer with the fresh, new Skype for Linux version Here is a preview of 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

This version dropped support for direct Alsa support; please install PulseAudio 4.0 or greater for the best calling experience.

If you’re having trouble setting up PulseAudio, check our FAQ.

Download the latest version and check out our installation guide. Keep updated by following us on Twitter and Facebook, or join us in the Skype Community to let us know what you think!


    1. Hi Josef, our engineers say: “notify-send is now used if you enable system notifications from Skype->Options->Notifications, but the call monitor in the screenshot is not a notification, rather a quick way to handle current active calls without having the foreground call view.” Best, Shana from Skype.

    1. Hi there, Skype works without Pulse Audio for features like chat as well as sharing files and photos.

        1. Hi, calling features do not work without PulseAudio, but you can still use features like IM and sharing files and photos.

    1. Hi Alexey, there is no native 64-bit build, but our build works on 64-bit systems with the required 32-bit dependencies.

  1. Two questions actually,

    1. Is there a way to add the items on the white bar to the drop down menu and hide the white bar?

    2. Does this version support group video calls?

    Thank you for not corrupting the Linux version nearly as much as the Windows one.

  2. Kubuntu 14.04 running on 3.13.0. I was using Skype 4.2, now that I updated to Skype 4.3 it doesn’t work. It shows the interface for a moment, then it just crashes writing “Canceled (core dump created)” on my terminal. Somebody told me I have to create a new ~/.Skype folder, but that means losing my chat history. Is there a solution to this problem?

  3. Is there a hotkey support in this version? I saw a screenshot of options menu with a ‘Hotkey’ tab on webupd8 and their admin claims that it’s not a 3rd party plugin, but I can’t find in my skype. (Kubuntu 14.04 32bit, KDE).

  4. Thanks to the Skype devs for their continued support of Linux. Moving to PulseAudio is consistent with what many purely Linux projects have been doing the last few years, most notably Gnome. Sound on Linux has been a nightmare for a long time, and it’s hard to blame software vendors for choosing to go with Pulse as the latest attempt to rationalize the subsystem. The fact that it works at all is a small miracle, as is Microsoft’s continued support for a rival desktop platform.

  5. This feels like a step backwards for the UI.

    The old colors felt easier to differentiate between myself and other members of a conversation. The new colors feel really sharp where the old felt more soothing.

    It’s disappointing to see that they seem to be working toward the ugly ‘minimalistic blocky’ look of Windows. This isn’t Windows and I don’t want it to look like Windows. I don’t assume there’s any support for themes? That might resolve this down the line.

    The large block at the top takes up an unnecessary amount of space (as to be expected with the Windowsy theme), and most of the buttons are just superfluous.

    The only positive thing I see about this is that now when I click on a user, their name is white on dark blue instead of the unreadable black on dark blue.

    Sucks to hear that I’m being pressed to use PulseAudio instead of the software supporting multiple sound systems. Not like I made any calls anyways.

    Skype felt basically perfect for me at 4.2. I wish future updates don’t continue like this, but I don’t have much hope.

  6. I also wanted to thank Skype for this long awaited 4.3 update. Skype for Linux looked really dead and I was losing hope already. Lack of appropriate support for one large platform would quite definitely be shooting themselves in the foot for Skype/Microsoft, and fortunately they seem to understand that at least to some extent (e.g. I would never ever consider migrating away from Linux because of that… I would just move away from Skype). This update fixed showstopper sound issues for me and most importantly, serves as a sign that Linux for Skype hasn’t been completely abandoned.
    And cheers from Estonia.

  7. Gracias Skype,

    I love this version and I hope to see future versions with video group chat support.. This is a feature that has been stopping me to buy the premium version since I don’t plan to migrate to windows just for that. What I’ve done is to use other programs that support linux and let me show/share my desktop and presentations as well as my webcam from my linux laptop to multimple users.

    It would be nice to have one solution on skype.

    And it works great on Mageia Linux 4. 64bit.


  8. Wow Everybody complains. I just want to thank the team for continuing to support Skype for Linux – no one expects is user base to be as big as that of the other platforms, so I’m just grateful progress is being made.

    I upgraded to Xubuntu 14.04 the other day and got a serious Skype audio bug, but this version (with its improved PulseAudio support) cleared it right up. Couldn’t be happier!

    1. From the huge experience of the Linux communities, most of the audio bugs in Linux are usually cleared by uninstalling PulseAudio and installing Alsa instead (and ideally, pinning PulseAudio as “never install”). But since the last Skype version, this will cause Skype to lose sound. So at some point you’ll anyway have to choose, what you prefer most: Linux audio working without problems, or Skype.

  9. Doesn’t work for me on Opensuse 12.1

    Running Skype from the command line simply says “Aborted”.

    Anyway if there’s only Pulse audio support then I can no longer use Skype as Pulse Audio doesn’t work on my laptop (it’s unwieldy and rubbish anyway)

    Sorry to be negative, but the old version was working just fine until today.

  10. This is a disaster, today in 2014, no 64 bit support for this software. The ui is so ugly compared to osx or windows and we don’t have the skype plugin for the browser too 🙁

  11. 1) Thanks for the new version, it fixed some of my problems!
    2) HUGE thanks for keeping the nice, clean old GUI, it’s much better than the Win one! It may be as trendy frikulin, but some of us use Skype as a working tool, and we prefer to have it clean, simple, traditional.
    3) The possibility to connect shell commands to Skype events is really nice!
    4) Please add the possibility to customise the GUI, e.g. the new white bar is useless and takes loads of space…

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