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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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. Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 12:26
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    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.
    – user3189
    Commented Nov 6, 2012 at 12:35
  • ya but you have to pay i dont have the money to pay
    – user3275
    Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:42
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    And Skype SDK is no longer available it seems
    – geotheory
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 13:28

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

  • It should be noted that this is outdated for two reasons: (1) Skype ceased supporting 32-bit systems and (2) Eltechs ceased selling Exagear Desktop. Commented Sep 13, 2019 at 12:30

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


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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