Skype 7.x for PC features a new revamped UI, better UI customization and touch support.


This version of Skype works very unreliably under Wine: you cannot login normally, it often crashes, video calls do not work, it may open a certain website multiple times. Your best bet will be to use a native, albeit very old version or use its web browser version at

Application Details:

Version: 7.x
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.1

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Free Download Full Installer (Windows 10 app) Free Download Skype Download Page Free Download Web Installer (might not work) Free Download Full installer (classic application)

Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

  • Calling
  • Group calls
  • Chat
  • Adding friends
  • Settings
  • File transfer
  • Screen sharing

What does not

  • Webcam
  • Links in chat
  • Images in chat


What was not tested

  • Custom fonts ,sounds etc.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

- Install Internet Explorer 6 for native urlmon.dll - Set Windows version to win 8 for sound - Use /username: /password: arguments to log in - Skype uses ~10% of the CPU - Ads don't work (Yay!) - Sound is glitchy To the submitter: please specify the version of Skype you used.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Feb 23 20172.1Yes Yes NoBronzeKacper 
ShowFedora 25 x86_64Feb 12 20172.0No Not installable NoGarbageIain Wilson 
ShowCentOS 6.8Feb 10 20172.0Yes No NoGarbageArtem S. Tashkinov 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 08 20161.9.24Yes Yes NoBronzeFabian Maurer 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 16 20161.9.11Yes Yes NoBronzeKacper 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
28457 Gecko incorrectly renders Skype's login page (affects Skype 5.5 and higher) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Native version available
There is a native Linux version of Skype available at the official Skype website.

Also you can use Skype for a web browser.
Working with a Windows version of Skype in Wine

In order to run Skype 7 in Wine you have to modify Skype's lnk file and add /legacylogin parameter or you won't be able to login. In order to enable audio in Skype you have to change Windows version to 8.1 using winecfg.

Updated how-to for most recent Skype releases:

For best results create a separate fresh wineprefix.

1. Download and install Skype.

2. Install Internet Explorer 8.0 using winetricks. Opt out of the improvement survey and do not install updates (it won't work anyway).

3. Run winecfg and set Windows version to 8 or 8.1.

4. Modify Skype's lnk file to include your username and password:

/username:"username" /password:"password"

Currently video calls don't work in Skype 7.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

No sound in Skype
by Radoslav Horak on Sunday October 2nd 2016, 11:38
i'm having problem with sound; could anyone advice please?

Sound Test Service shows Problem with playback device

Configure Wine - PulseAudio - audio audible
Ubuntu 16.04
RE: No sound in Skype
by Radoslav Horak on Sunday October 2nd 2016, 11:45
oh well, resolved by setting wine to Windows 8.1
I have had Windows XP set in order to be able ot setup IE8
Can't install IE8
by Nelson Branquinho on Wednesday September 7th 2016, 7:12
with winetricks I got and error that "sha1sum mismatch!"

I think that is because it's using this link and it's wrong.

I have download the script for winetricks and I'm using it.


It's possible to help?

File received was nowhere found
by Nichol Dimalanta on Monday May 30th 2016, 20:22
I received a file (running Skype under PlayOnLinux + Wine 1.9.9), file was not shown nor hidden in the folder
Cant connect using live:xyz login
by Hannes Michael on Friday April 1st 2016, 3:20
I used the step by step solution. Logging in with normal Skype accounts works, but not with live accounts. Is there any solution?
RE: Cant connect using live:xyz login
by Hannes Michael on Friday April 1st 2016, 3:43
Also group calls aren't working
Internet explorer problem
by testest on Monday January 18th 2016, 14:01
Here lies the problem: It's actually not possible to install ie11 or edge with wine on linux (at least easily).
Does anyone around here have fancy binairies of it?

(You were asking to install ie11 and edge with this link, right?)
RE: Internet explorer problem
by testest on Monday January 18th 2016, 14:05
Sorry, I screwed up with the reply button.
I was responding to DrThRaX, whom responded to chuen.
RE: Internet explorer problem
by Georg on Thursday February 25th 2016, 7:52
Maybe read, u have to install ie8 not 11 !!!
skype /legacylogin does not work
by Tejas Parekh on Monday January 11th 2016, 0:16
Hi I tried skype /legacylogin almost everywhere but it does not work. Please guide us step by step where to write /legacylogin in lnk.
"Sorry, we couldn't connect to Skype" error
by chuen on Monday January 4th 2016, 17:10
Hi there,

I managed to install Skype 7.x on wine-1.9.0 (manjaro, arch linux).

I've followed the important side notes, but after I launch skype I get the message "Sorry, we couldn't connect to Skype" inside the opened skype window.

I get to the same point in a 64bit and a 32bit WINEPREFIX.

Can anyone help me with that?


by DrThRaX on Thursday January 14th 2016, 3:21
by Shanna on Friday January 22nd 2016, 17:18
Skype relies on Internet Explorer for login.
What I did to resolve this issue was:
winecfg, change to windows XP (ie8 can't install in other modes)
winetricks ie8
Open IE8 at /drive_c/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe
Tools > Internet Options > LAN Settings > Automatically detect settings
Close iexplore, winecfg to change to windows 8/8.1 (skype doesn't have sound otherwise)
Run/install skype again and it should connect.

Also, I had good results running it with Skype.exe /username:"username" /password:"password"
by Chris Noffsinger on Tuesday February 16th 2016, 14:21
This fixed my issue. Thank you.

I don't like that the password is in the output to ps now but everything works except my webcam so I cant complain.
where to append /legacylogin
by lilly on Wednesday May 6th 2015, 16:45
I do not know how to modify the ink file.
Could somebody please specify the instructions.
In the text editor it is not obvious where to put the command.
All combinations I tried did not work.
RE: where to append /legacylogin
by Artem S. Tashkinov on Thursday May 7th 2015, 2:09
After installing Skype you have to have the Skype.desktop file somewhere in your home directory.

Open it with any text editor, and edit the "Exec" line. Add to the end of it "/legacylogin" without quotes.
RE: where to append /legacylogin
by Carl Gessau on Tuesday June 9th 2015, 14:10
I wasn't quite sure either so I created a shortcut using playonlinux and then edited the .Desktop file with

Exec=/usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux --run "Skype" "/legacylogin" %F

instead of

Exec=/usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux --run "Skype" %F