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Integrate Skype To Ubuntu Messaging Menu With Skype Wrapper

Ubuntu 11.10 uses an app-indicator applet for displaying Skype, but doesn’t provide native integration with messaging menu. Some users find it inconvenient as anything from Gwibber to Mozilla Thunderbird comes integrated with the Ubuntu 11.10 messaging menu. Nonetheless, Skype integration with the Oneiric messaging menu can be achieved with the help of a few third-party packages and an application known as the Skype Wrapper. This wrapper not only provides messaging menu integration, but also enables group chats and provides unread message lists.

To install Skype Wrapper and additional packages for integrating Skype with the messaging menu, install Python-Skype. Once done, download the Deb package for the Skype Wrapper (download link given at the bottom of the post). The Deb file can be installed via the Ubuntu Software Center. Do not be alarmed if you get any errors that the package is of bad quality, ignore such errors to install the wrapper (since this is a minor package compilation error). Now, when the confirmation prompt appears, login with your Skype account and give permission to the Skype wrapper.

skype wrapper

You can also forcibly make the prompt appear by entering “skype-wrapper” in Terminal. This will integrate Skype to the messaging menu.


You can revert the changes by enter the following command in Terminal.

sudo apt-get remove sni-qt

It must be noted that this plugin works on 32-bit Ubuntu OS.

Download Skype Wrapper

The link no longer works, the best way to install Skype Wrapper is via the following commands in Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:skype-wrapper/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype-wrapper

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