How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

Welcome to the Skype community. To get started please read our short welcome post. Thanks!
Reply

How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

[ Edited ]

There is a way to open two Skyoe accouts in Windows by run it as "path /secondary"

How to do the same in Linux, I use Ububntu x64

eyad
Novel Tourist
Kudos: 0
Posts: 1
Registered: 04-01-2012
Message 1 of 12 (22,610 Views)

Re: How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

[ Edited ]

It works for me. Just start another skype instance, by either clicking on the icon or say by using the RUN window (Alt+F2). The new instance will start, but will report that another instance is running and will refuse to signin using the same user name. Now, change the username and password in the second instance and you should be fine. I have been able to do this on a Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS 64bit machine. Skype will only remember the last of the two username+password combinations for auto sign-on the next time you start skype.

rajeshsankaran
Routine Adventurer
Kudos: 5
Posts: 21
Registered: 04-12-2011
Message 2 of 12 (22,385 Views)

Re: How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

After the automatic update today from v2 to v4 (first update in 4 years :wink:), this trick is not possible anymore in Ubuntu.
the /secundary option seems not working neither.
Help is welcome
elicoidal
Novel Adventurer
Kudos: 4
Posts: 2
Registered: 01-08-2012
Message 3 of 12 (21,849 Views)

Re: How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

I found a solution. Skype is saving the data in ~/.Skype directory. ~ means your home directory. You can run a further skype4.0 session using a further data directory.

e.g. from a bash terminal:

prepartion:

> cd

> mkdir .Skype2

call of second skype session:

> skype --dbpath=~/.Skype2 &

After that works, you can add an icon or menu entry in your Window manager to simplify the start...

VolkerG
Novel Adventurer
Kudos: 7
Posts: 2
Registered: 02-08-2012
Message 4 of 12 (21,800 Views)

Re: How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

sudo su -c "nohup skype && exit"

 

is as well possible: you can even close the terminal later

 

Not really satisfactory but it works

elicoidal
Novel Adventurer
Kudos: 4
Posts: 2
Registered: 01-08-2012
Message 5 of 12 (21,790 Views)

Re: How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

Well, you are changing the linux account to run the second skype session with su. Without an account as argument, su switches to root. So your examples runs skype as root.

I'm sorry, but I think this is a very bad idea - regarding security...

 

Assuming you have a second linux user account XXX, the following should do as well

sudo -u XXX skype &

VolkerG
Novel Adventurer
Kudos: 7
Posts: 2
Registered: 02-08-2012
Message 6 of 12 (21,787 Views)

Re: How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

Nonononono

Skype with root previliges -- toooooooooo dangerous!

niver_ag
Novel Tourist
Kudos: 1
Posts: 1
Registered: 21-01-2013
Message 7 of 12 (19,743 Views)

Re: How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

Alt+F2

skype --secondary

 

:happy:

gvschroder
Novel Tourist
Kudos: 10
Posts: 1
Registered: 03-04-2013
Message 8 of 12 (18,066 Views)

Re: How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

skype --secondary works super even more accounts will do.

 

Namaste Gerrit

megasponsor
Novel Tourist
Kudos: 1
Posts: 1
Registered: 19-05-2013
Message 9 of 12 (16,879 Views)

Re: How to open two Skype accounts on Linux?

It works, thanks
Puspharaj
Novel Tourist
Kudos: 0
Posts: 1
Registered: 11-07-2013
Message 10 of 12 (15,267 Views)
Reply

© 2014 Skype and/or Microsoft. The Skype name, associated trade marks and logos and the "S" logo are trade marks of Skype or related entities. Use of this website constitutes acceptance of the Terms of Use and Privacy and Cookie policy.

No emergency calls with Skype
Skype is not a replacement for your telephone and can't be used for emergency calling