Ubuntu – How to install Tox

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Apparently Tox is a free and secure replacement of Skype. I like it, but, how do I install it?

Best Answer

Tox has a new website called tox.chat. The old tox.im is no more. That is no longer the official site.

How do I install Tox?


You can download Tox binaries from the Tox Binaries page. Choose the package that is appropriate for your system. When downloaded, install like so:

 sudo dpkg -i {YOUR_PREFERRED_TOX_CLIENT}.deb

After that, search for the client you just installed.


As of 23 February 2018, Debian and Ubuntu package repository has been shut down. The section below is preserved for its historic value.

Warning: They recently changed their PPA infrastructure, remove keys and the likes, as they are no longer maintained and supported.

The new way to install (currently only 64-bit qTox is supported):

echo "deb https://pkg.tox.chat/debian nightly $(lsb_release -cs)" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tox.list
wget -qO - https://pkg.tox.chat/debian/pkg.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install qtox

The release channel is no longer receiving updates so do not set the channel to just release, qtox-unity is also no longer receiving support so you can now only install qtox from still supported channels such as wily.

Please note though that if you have the release channel set simply changing that won't work, if you do change it to something like wily the upgrade link will be broken and you will not recieve any updates for qtox until you remove it, update your sources list (sudo apt-get update), and then install it from the correct channel.

Also, a note from a qtox developers:

"To reiterate irungentoo’s reply in that thread, yes you should uninstall any repos from tox.im, and you should not trust any new binaries from tox.im or libtoxcore.so. We have a new repo: https://wiki.tox.chat/binaries#gnulinux

Right now only qTox is in it, but we’re working on getting the rest of the clients up.

Just a note, we have no reason to believe that any binaries from the old repo/domains have been compromised. This is just a safety measure." - Current Situation | Tox Blog#comment 14


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What is Tox? Tox is a skype replacement, with downloads available for Linux/Mac/Windows. At the time of writing, there are deb packages for AMD64 downloads, portage overlays and Arch Linux PKGBUILD's, as per the Tox Binaries page. If one wishes to keep an eye out of the progress Tox is making, one could check out there GitHub page.

Project Tox, also known as Tox, is a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) instant messaging application aimed to replace Skype.

Why does Tox exist?

With the rise of governmental monitoring programs, Tox aims to be an easy to use, all-in-one communication platform (including audio, and videochats in the future) that ensures their users full privacy and secure message delivery.

About Tox

Tox is built with the idea that you can keep up with friends and family without having your privacy violated. While other big-name services require you to pay to unlock features, Tox is free in both price, and in liberty. That is, you’re free to do whatever you wish with Tox.


QTox running under Ubuntu Trusty Tahr 14.04.


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