Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I was in a video call with someone, and I would receive a notification that somebody else has logged on. a second or so later, skype would crash. I have checked for updates, and there were none. Please help!

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

From Ubuntu documentation for Skype....

Installing Skype

Users of 64-bit Ubuntu, should enable MultiArch if it isn't already enabled by running the command

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Since Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), Skype is part of the Canonical partner repository. To install Skype add the Canonical Partner Repository. You can do this by running the command

sudo add-apt-repository "deb
> $(lsb_release -sc) partner"

Then install Skype via the Software-Center or via the Terminal.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype

It is highly recommended to use the package provided in the Canonical partner repository, not the one distributed from the skype website, as the skype website currently points users to the wrong package for 64-bit systems of Ubuntu 11.10 and above.

I just tried it, seems to work, i had the same issue as you, i hope it is not a temporary solution

share|improve this answer

If you downloaded from with Software Manager or Synaptic or apt-get, you may have issues. I've always have, so I go to the site and have better success.

  1. Go here:

  2. From the site drop down menu, and choose dynamic.

  3. Extract to your home directory.

  4. Open terminal and navigate to the Skype directory.

  5. type ./skype

  6. Enjoy, I think you will have better results.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.