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Skype is compiled for Linux but not for arm cpu that Raspberry Pi uses, so how can I run Skype on Raspberry Pi?

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Maybe running Skype on top of Android would work! – Luke Stanley Feb 12 '13 at 3:02

There is a great video demonstration how to get Skype running on Raspberry Pi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqH54GyRdys

And detailed instructions are provided here: http://elinux.org/RPi_Using_Skypekit

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We should try to get detailed instructions up here. – Alex Chamberlain Oct 23 '12 at 12:26
Should probably qualify the answer to mention that you can get Skype voice calls to work through the SDK, however not yet the Skype client or video. – Andrew Nov 6 '12 at 12:35
ya but you have to pay i dont have the money to pay – user3275 Nov 13 '12 at 16:42
And Skype SDK is no longer available it seems – geotheory Mar 4 '14 at 13:28

Here is direct instruction how to run Skype on raspberry pi.

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If you need Skype as a chat client only, a much easier way to do is it is through a Pidgin plugin that's using Skype Web internally. You can download the plugin compiled for the RPi from http://www.zhekov.org/articles/2/skype-chat-on-raspberry-pi

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At the moment (this date) the only option is to install Android then use the Skype APK. Not all webcam work, but basic Skype function are available.

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