Skype command line switches

Skype is the most popular app for free audio and video calls via the internet. Despite this, not every Skype user knows that it supports numerous command line arguments which can improve your usage of Skype. Let's see which command line switches Skype has.


If you installed Skype to the default location, the full command line should be as follows for a 32-bit version of Windows:
"C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /some_switch

In case you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, the Skype desktop app will be installed to the Program Files (x86) folder, so you need to run it as follows:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /some_switch

The following table lists the arguments that Skype supports:

/removableRuns Skype from removable media in portable mode. This special switch prevents Skype from writing data to the Registry and user profile folders. It is a good idea to combine this switch with the /datapath argument.
/datapath:somedirSpecifies the directory with the user profile data.
/username:your_user_nameAllows you to login with a specific user name from the command line. It's better to use this with /password for autologin purposes.
/password:your_passwordSpecifies the password for the /username login switch
/nosplashDoes not show the splash screen when Skype starts.
/minimizedStarts Skype minimized to the system tray.
/callto:name (or phone number)Calls the specified Skype user name or phone number.
/shutdownCloses the running Skype instance.
/secondaryAllows you to start an additional Skype.exe instance.

Here are a few use cases:
Run a second instance of Skype

"C:\Program Files(x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary

Close Skype

"C:\Program Files(x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /shutdown

Start Skype and login with a specific user name(john.silver) and password(passw0rd1)

"C:\Program Files(x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /username:john.silver /password:passw0rd1

Run Skype from a USB flash drive

Skype.exe /datapath:"Data" /removable /secondary

That's it. Please let me know if I missed any parameters.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “Skype command line switches”

  1. Hi you may be aware of an irritating bug in the current Skype.

    Is there a switch to set visibility status ?

    If you find one please let us know !



  2. Start Skype and login with a specific user name and password
    is not working. is open skype and show only username waiting from user to click next and enter manually the password.
    Other solution?

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