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Skype is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones. Skype additionally provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit both text and video messages, and may exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. Skype allows video conference calls.

Before installing Skype on Void, you might want to consider the alternatives to Skype listed at the bottom of this document.


To install Skype firstly you need to enable the nonfree and multilib repository if you haven't yet.

# xbps-install -Sy void-repo-nonfree && xbps-install -Sy void-repo-multilib && xbps-install -Suv

Next, install the skype package hosted by this repos:

# xbps-install -S skype


To install Skype with flatpak run, this will install skype and all needed dependencies

$ flatpak install --from https://s3.amazonaws.com/alexlarsson/skype-repo/skype.flatpakref
Note: the URL may change in the future, so you might want to check http://flatpak.org/apps.html for updates

Launch Flatpak Skype

To launch the flatpak installed Skype Client, run

$ flatpak run com.skype.Client

or using the menus in your DE.

Alternatives to Skype

A few alternatives to Skype are readily available on the Void repos for discerning users concerned about privacy and the FOSS ethos, all of them supporting video calls. This list may be incomplete.