Run Multiple Skype Instances in Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Other Linux

By Umair Saturday, August 18, 2012


In Ubuntu with Unity it is still possible to run multiple Skypes.
You'll need to install Skype 4.x if you havent done so yet. Just head over to and download the linux version and install. The newest version is already in the Ubuntu Software Center as well.

Now you need to create new copies of the installed Skype. Open up a terminal and run the following commands:
cp -r ~/.Skype ~/.Skype.first
cp -r ~/.Skype ~/.Skype.second

So now you have two installed instances of Skype. That was pretty dang easy, right? We now need to link up to those, so lets create a launcher for the two different Skypes.
This might be redundant, but lets make sure you have this installed first. Install gnome-panel package using this terminal command....
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel

Now make a folder off of your home directory to put the launchers in. I made one called "myapps", but you can name yours whatever you want. Open a terminal and type this:
mkdir myapps

Now run this command:
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/myapps/ --create-new

A new launcher box will pop up. Name it what you want (Skype1) and pick an icon what you want (download use the one down below if you'd like). Now type in the command field the following command:
skype --dbpath=~/.Skype.first

And lets do this again for the second Skype launcher (name it Skype2 or whatever)...
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/myapps/ --create-new

and also...
skype --dbpath=~/.Skype.second

So your launchers are both made and can be found in your new /home/myapps directory. Open up your file browser and go there and you should see the two new instances of Skype. Click the first one and after it opens, pin it or lock it to your Ubuntu Unity launcher. Do the same with the second and lock it to the launcher.

THATS IT. Whew! Now you can run multiple instances of Skype in the newest versions of Ubuntu!

Original Article: iheartubuntu

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2 comments to ''Run Multiple Skype Instances in Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Other Linux"

  1. Good, thank you.

  2. Just need to execute:

    cp -r ~/.Skype ~/.Skype.second

    And after that you need to use this command:

    skype --dbpath=~/.Skype.second

    Wherever you want to launch your second skype.