I've tried the solution on this website https://medium.com/@racter/how-to-install-ubuntu-16-04-on-a-retina-macbook-11-2-74e7779c0e47:

$ cd /etc/local/src
$ git clone https://github.com/patjak/bcwc_pcie.git
$ cd bcwc_pcie/firmware
$ sudo make
$ sudo make install
$ cd ..
$ sudo make
$ sudo install
$ sudo depmod
$ sudo modprobe -r bdc_pci
$ sudo modprobe facetimehd

However, I get the following error after the first sudo make.

Checking dependencies for driver download...
/usr/bin/xzcat
/bin/cpio
Makefile:34: recipe for target 'AppleCameraInterface' failed
make: *** [AppleCameraInterface] Error 1
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    Use less -N Makefile and see what line 34 references. Execute sudo lshw (read man lshw) to see what the system thinks your camera is. BTW, Your sudo install line is probably incorrect. – waltinator Jun 30 at 22:26

Try installing curl. I also got the same problem and then I figured out that it is because curl is not installed default in Ubuntu 18.04.

sudo apt-get install curl
  • Did the trick, thanks. – Ring Ø Dec 3 at 13:45

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