Can anyone please tell me how to completely remove Skype from Ubuntu 18.04?

There's lots of advice on how to install Skype, but none on how to uninstall it. Skype came with the upgrade I think.

How can I remove Skype?


7 Answers 7



sudo apt-get --purge remove skypeforlinux
  1. Click the "Ubuntu" button, type "Terminal" (without the quotations) and then press Enter.

  2. Type sudo apt-get --purge remove skypeforlinux (earlier package name was skype) and then press Enter

  3. Enter your Ubuntu password to confirm that you wish to completely remove Skype and then press Enter

  4. Click the "Ubuntu" button, type "Home" (without the quotations) and then press Enter to open your home folder.

  5. Press Ctrl-H to display hidden folders. Locate and delete the ".skype" folder. Copied and pasted...

  • 3
    Not working: "package skype not found". Working answer is the one from Billal Begueradj. Commented Aug 4, 2019 at 11:58
  • Which is 'Ubuntu' button?
    – Gathide
    Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 15:46
  • @Gathide The windows button :) .
    – Rahul Raj
    Commented Sep 10, 2021 at 5:06

GUI method : Right click on Skype in app drawer and click Show details. You'll be redirected to Ubuntu Software Center. From there you can on uninstall. This would I call the easiest method.

CLI method: Open terminal and run sudo snap remove skype and if this doesn't work try sudo apt-get --purge remove skype

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Open terminal and run

sudo snap remove skype

it's worked for me. if you find any problem then you can try another command

sudo apt-get --purge remove skype/skypeforlinux

Here the answer already written. Further if you face any technical difficulties you can rewrite again.

  • thanks only this worked for me
    – kapil
    Commented May 10, 2021 at 6:07

After removing Skype, you are to remove the remaining directories.

  1. From your home directory write in the terminal command find . -name Skype
  2. You will get the answer ./.config/Skype
  3. Go to the config directory cd .config and then type ls
  4. You will see two directories named skype: Skype and skypeforlinux
  5. rm -r Skype skypeforlinux And it's done.

If you have installed it through snap, then to uninstall it use:

sudo snap remove --purge skype

here the way to remove Skype from Ubuntu recommended by the engineers of Microsoft :

source : https://answers.microsoft.com

  1. Go to "Applications."
  2. Select a category and the program you wish to uninstall. Select "Uninstall" from the options listed with the program. Do not actually click the program itself. You want to view the other options listed with the program. If no uninstaller is available, continue to Step 3.
  3. Go to "Applications -- Add/Remove" to open the Add/Remove programs window.
  4. Type in the type of program you want to uninstall in the "Search" box. For instance, if you want to uninstall a browser, type "Internet" or "Browser". You can also use the categories to the left of the screen.
  5. Uncheck the program you wish to uninstall and click "Apply." You may need to restart your computer.

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