Setup Ghetto Skype on Ubuntu/Debian?

Ghetto Skype is an open source desktop application powered by Electron which acts as the wrapper for the Web Skype beta that Microsoft has been working on. A quote from the Ghetto Skype file:

Are you tired of a buggy 32 bit official Skype client? Then Ghetto Skype is for you!

Setup is easy, basically we need to download it like so:

# Assuming you are using 64 bit Ubuntu/Debian

NOTE: You can check for the other versions of Ghetto Skype on it’s releases page

After the download has completed, we should do a checksum to make sure it’s not corrupted or anything.

md5sum ghetto-skype_1.4.1_amd64.deb

And you should get this checksum:

a18ca8f2e525a01f80c6c011a3480c1b  ghetto-skype_1.4.1_amd64.deb

After that, it’s as simple as this to install it:

# You only need sudo if you are not using ROOT
sudo dpkg -i ghetto-skype_1.4.1_amd64.deb

Once installation is done, you should be able to launch it from your application launcher or from a terminal like so:


Now you should have something like this once you have logged in


For lazy people

This will do all of the mentioned in 1 command

# I'm talking to you `John Fiel` (Easier to install on Windows my ass)
wget && sudo dpkg -i ghetto-skype_1.4.1_amd64.deb


Sometimes (Most of the time) the open source community can do a lot with very limited resources

If you are interested in the Electron framework for creating desktop applications with web technology, then visit their Github page