Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Multiple Instances for Skype 4 on Ubuntu

Skype has a new version for ubuntu! Hooray! The Skype 4 has arrived! But the problem is the multiple instances was gone. So I look for a solution for this, and I found this:

1. Install skype (if you haven't yet)

2. We'll create new copies of the installed skype. Open the terminal and run the following commands:
cp -r ~/.Skype ~/.Skype.first
cp -r ~/.Skype ~/.Skype.second

3. Launch skype using the terminal with this commands:
skype --dbpath=~/.Skype.first
skype --dbpath=~/.Skype.second

Note: there's two dashes before dbpath

Now you can have two instances for skype! but wait, if you close the terminal so does the skype. So we'll have to do something about that.

We'll create a desktop launcher for our two skypes.

1. Install gnome-panel package
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel

2. Run the following command:
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new

3. A dialog will pop up. type on the command field the following command:
skype --dbpath=~/.Skype.first

Also do this again for the second skype
skype --dbpath=~/.Skype.second


  1. Replies
    1. Maybe you just did it the wrong way. I also got it wrong the first time because I misspelled something.

      Just repeat the process and keep trying. =D


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