I'm trying to install Skype using this manual. I successfully download the package using the command:

wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb-64

but when I try to install the package I get some errors about dependencies:

root@102:~# dpkg -i skype-install.deb
(Reading database ... 27918 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace skype (using skype-install.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement skype ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of skype:
 skype depends on lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1-21); however:
  Package lib32stdc++6 is not installed.
 skype depends on lib32asound2 (>> 1.0.14); however:
  Package lib32asound2 is not installed.
 skype depends on ia32-libs; however:
  Package ia32-libs is not installed.
 skype depends on libc6-i386 (>= 2.7-1); however:
  Package libc6-i386 is not installed.
 skype depends on lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1-21+ia32.libs.1.19); however:
  Package lib32gcc1 is not installed.
 skype depends on ia32-libs-gtk; however:
  Package ia32-libs-gtk is not installed.
dpkg: error processing skype (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:

How can I fix this?


When a package fails to configure, you can install the missing dependencies after the fact using apt-get install -f. Here is the description of -f from the documentation:

  -f, --fix-broken
     Fix; attempt to correct a system with broken dependencies in place.
     This option, when used with install/remove, can omit any packages to 
     permit APT to deduce a likely solution. 

If the package installation fails prior to the configure step do to dependencies, then those packages need to be installed manually. This is because the package declares Pre-depends rather than Depends on those packages.


dependancies are packages your package needs to run ( for example libraries etc ). If you install a package trough aptitude / apt / synaptic this will check for the dependancies and download them.

If you download a .deb file and try to install it manually this might not be the case. As posted before you need to install the required packages before installing skype again:


aptitude install lib32stdc++6 lib32asound2 ia32-libs libc6-i386 lib32gcc1 ia32-libs-gtk

I'm not 100% sure the above command will work. If aptitude / apt complains that it can not find a package you can search the repositories for the correct name:

aptitude search ia32-libs

then, once that all these packages are installed you can install skype again:

dpkg -i skype-install.deb
  • Thanks! I installed libraries using apt-get -f install – Kolyunya Aug 21 '12 at 13:59
  • that is also a possibility :-) – Goez Aug 21 '12 at 14:02
  • @Kolyunya - That's what I would consider the correct answer, and it's not mentioned in the answer you accepted. – jordanm Aug 21 '12 at 14:03
  • someone is hunting for karma :/ – Goez Aug 21 '12 at 14:05

Older info: Debian Jessie x64 KDE (back when it was still "testing")

These commands are what works for me:

$ wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb
# dpkg --add-architecture i386
# aptitude update
# dpkg -i skype-install.deb
# aptitude install -f libc6:i386 libc6:i386 libgcc1:i386 libqt4-dbus:i386\
  libqt4-network:i386 libqt4-xml:i386 libqtcore4:i386 libqtgui4:i386\
  libqtwebkit4:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxext6:i386 libxss1:i386\
  libxv1:i386 libssl1.0.0:i386 libpulse0:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386

Some of the packages above are dependent on each other, so this is a bit redundant, but in any case these are what skype-install.deb states as missing dependencies in my system.

Updated info: Debian Jessie x64 (which is "stable" atm)

A simpler and more generic set of commands, which works for KDE for certain, but should work for any environment:

$ wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb
# dpkg --add-architecture i386
# aptitude update
# gdebi skype-install.deb

More info can also be found on the debian wiki page.


Open synaptic and install packages that are not installed.

  • I don't have any GUI, only command line. – Kolyunya Aug 21 '12 at 13:33
  • @Kolyunya: How do you run Skype without a GUI? For me, when I type skype nothing happens for some seconds, then the process terminates. (And there is no man page for Skype.) – Emanuel Berg Aug 21 '12 at 14:13

You don't need to install this package, Skype is statically compiled with Qt, just download the Dynamic Static package from skype's official site, it will work for you.


In most cases the answer given by jordanm would not help so you might just run

apt-get install libqtwebkit4:i386 and then again

apt-get install -f 

If there would be still unmet dependencies, install it same way, for example:

apt-get install libqt4-dbus:i386

After all you can run dpkg -i skype-debian_4.*number of bield*.deb

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