Setting up Skypeweb with Bitlbee

Skypeweb is a libpurple plugin that doesn't require you to run a skype client in the background. As the name suggests, it uses

It supports both skype usernames and microsoft accounts ("msn")

Building and installing

Follow the instructions in

You need bitlbee-libpurple, see HowtoPurple

Adding the account

account add skypeweb username password
account skypeweb on


There are two kinds of groupchats in skype:


Internal ID starts with



Cloud-based / new-style



Supported by skypeweb

P2P-based / "moderated" / old-style



Supported by the plugins that run a skype client in the background

To convert a p2p-based chat to a cloud-based chat, type /fork in an official skype client. This will create a new groupchat based on the old one, adding everyone from the old chat who is also in your contact list.

To check the internal ID, type /get name in an official skype client.

There's a partial explanation about these groupchat types in the official docs


If something doesn't work, check if logging in through works. See the Skypeweb troubleshooting chart:

To enable the "alt login" option mentioned in the above flowchart from bitlbee, you can use the commands:

account skypeweb off
account skypeweb set alt-login true
account skypeweb on

Skype status announcements:

BitlBee Wiki: HowtoSkypeWeb (last edited 2017-12-04 20:29:39 by c-24-245-31-251)