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This package was approved by moderator purity on 1/30/2015.

Skype - Install Skype, add your friends as contacts, then call, video call and instant message with them for free. Call people who aren't on Skype too, at really low rates.

To install Skype, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install skype --version

To upgrade Skype, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade skype --version


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    #Install-ChocolateyPackage 'skype' 'exe' '/SILENT /nogoogle /noie /nodesktopicon' ''
    #Install-ChocolateyPackage 'skype' 'exe' '/SILENT /nogoogle /noie /nodesktopicon' ''
    #Install-ChocolateyPackage 'skype' 'exe' '/SILENT /nogoogle /noie /nodesktopicon' ''
    function isInstalled() {
      return Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Where-Object {$_.Name -match 'Skype\u2122 [\d\.]+$'}
    $packageName = 'skype'
    $fileType = 'msi'
    $silentArgs = '/qn /norestart STARTSKYPE=FALSE TRANSFORMS=:RemoveDesktopShortcut.mst TRANSFORMS=:RemoveStartup.mst'
    $url = ''
    try {
      $appInstalled = isInstalled
      if ($appInstalled) {
          # If Skype (in any version) is already installed on the computer, remove it first, otherwise the
          # installation of Skype will fail with an error.
          $msiArgs = $('/x' + $appInstalled.IdentifyingNumber + ' ' + $silentArgs)
          Write-Host "Uninstalling previous version of Skype, otherwise installing the new version won’t work."
          Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin $msiArgs 'msiexec'
          # This loop checks every 5 seconds if Skype is already uninstalled.
          # Then it proceeds with the download and installation of the Skype
          # version specified in the package.
          do {
            Start-Sleep -Seconds 5
            $i += 1
            # Break if too much time passed
            if ($i -gt 12) {
              Write-Error 'Could not uninstall the previous version of Skype.'
          } until (-not (isInstalled))
      Install-ChocolateyPackage $packageName $fileType $silentArgs $url
    } catch {
      Write-ChocolateyFailure $packageName $($_.Exception.Message)
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $processor = Get-WmiObject Win32_Processor
    $is64bit = $processor.AddressWidth -eq 64
    if ($is64bit) {
        $programUninstallEntryName = "Skype"
        $uninstallString = (Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select DisplayName, UninstallString | Where-Object {$_.DisplayName -like "$programUninstallEntryName*"}).UninstallString
    } else {
        $programUninstallEntryName = "Skype"
        $uninstallString = (Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select DisplayName, UninstallString | Where-Object {$_.DisplayName -like "$programUninstallEntryName*"}).UninstallString
    } # get the uninstall string of the installed Skype version from the registry
    $uninstallString = "$uninstallString" -replace '[{]', '`{' # adding escape character to the braces
    $uninstallString = "$uninstallString" -replace '[}]', '`} /passive /norestart' # to work properly with the Invoke-Expression command, add silent arguments
    if ($uninstallString -ne "") {
        Invoke-Expression "$uninstallString" # start uninstaller

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  • Skype


Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Skype 27912 Tuesday, November 13, 2018 approved
Skype 20577 Saturday, October 27, 2018 approved
Skype 10100 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 approved
Skype 18587 Friday, October 12, 2018 approved
Skype 20800 Thursday, September 27, 2018 approved
Skype 17730 Wednesday, September 12, 2018 approved
Skype 16197 Wednesday, August 29, 2018 approved
Skype 1723 Tuesday, August 28, 2018 approved
Skype 19865 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 approved
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