I have looked quite thoroughly for an answer to this question to no avail. I am trying to install Skype on Debian amd64 (with Xfce, which shouldn't make any difference...).

After installing Skype the ''normal'' way

#dpkg --add-architecture i386
#apt-get update
#wget -O skype.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb
#dpkg -i skype.deb

some dependencies cannot be satisfied, so I tried:

#apt-get install -f

to fix the broken packages. But this only seems to remove skype. So, something is seriously wrong. In particular these dependencies:


are not met.

I am, however, unable to install any of them. I end up having to install libdbus-1-3:i386, but it will break libdbus-1-3, which in turn breaks libdbus-1-3:i386.

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    libdbus-1-3 : Breaks: libdbus-1-3:i386 (!= 1.6.8-1+deb7u1) but 1.6.8-1 is to be installed
    libdbus-1-3:i386 : Breaks: libdbus-1-3 (!= 1.6.8-1) but 1.6.8-1+deb7u1 is to be installed
    skype:i386 : Depends: libqt4-dbus:i386 (>= 4:4.5.3) but it is not going to be installed
                 Depends: libqt4-network:i386 (>= 4:4.8.0) but it is not going to be installed
                 Depends: libqtwebkit4:i386 (>= 2.1.0~2011week13) but it is not going to be installed

There is one word in German for this situation: zwickenmuehle.

An ideas?

  • Why don't you just fetch the dynamic static package from skype.com? (Which works well) – daisy Aug 30 '13 at 10:04
  • @warl0ck when you say "dynamic static package" you mean the tar.gz package available for download? If so, yes, I have tried that, but the dependencies are still broken, and I still get stuck with same problem. – Horacio Aug 30 '13 at 14:25
  • The common German word for this is "Zwickmühle" ( "Zwickenmühle" seems to be only used in street names, it is not in the common dictionaries. It could be that it is the name of a special mill and is not related to the game as Zwickmühle). – jofel Aug 30 '13 at 15:28
  • @Horacio yes, the tar.gz package – daisy Aug 31 '13 at 0:36
  • It is customary to note the Debian version. Is it stable/testing/unstable? I recently installed the skype 32 bit package on 64 bit wheezy/stable, and didn't encounter these issues. Note that the older versions are on skypes server, but skype does not link to them. This is what I currently have installed - it may be an option for you. – Faheem Mitha Sep 1 '13 at 17:40

This is common problem in 64 bits for installing Skype

First a downgrade is required and done with the following: create the 'preferences' file:

sudo vi /etc/apt/preferences

and insert the following lines:

Package: *       
Pin: release a=precise*
Pin-Priority: 2012

Pin-Priority must be greater than 1000.

Then you may downgrade the offending applications with:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then you may install packages that complained about dependencies, like
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch, or sudo apt-get install ia32-libs.

Finally, you should remove the file you just created:

sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences

Now download Skype From Official website(skype.com ) for multi architecture

then open the downloded package from software center then you should able to install skype

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I just successfully installed skype on my 64bit Linux Mint Debian (which is a Debian in all ways, not based on Ubuntu) by going to http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-linux/downloading/?type=debian32 to download the "multiarch" debian package (saved as skype-debian_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb) and installing it. The exact steps were almost the same as yours:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update
sudo dpkg -i skype-debian_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb 

After which I had a working skype. This is the "recommended" method according to https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12120/getting-started-with-skype-for-linux#2.2

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  • Well, the only thing I find in contrib are actually pidgin plugins for skype. And they require skype to work. Am I looking in the wrong place? – Horacio Aug 30 '13 at 13:23
  • @Horacio no you're not, I just don't know what I'm talking about apparently, my bad. I had skype working happily, uninstalled it so I can reinstall and show you the steps and now I can't install :). I'll update my answer as soon as I manage to get it to work. – terdon Aug 30 '13 at 13:47
  • @Horacio see updated answer. – terdon Aug 30 '13 at 14:06
  • thank you very much. But I have followed that exact same procedure you did, and the dependency problems arose anyway. And it was there where I got stuck. – Horacio Aug 30 '13 at 14:18
  • could it be that I have Debian is not fetching the 32bit files it needs? My sources.list: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib – Horacio Aug 30 '13 at 14:21

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