I am wondering if there's anyone here who managed to use Skype on 12.04. It used to work (ever since I first tried Ubuntu 10.04) flawlessly, but after upgrading to 12.04, it just doesn't start.

If I start Skype from terminal, it just says Segmentation fault (core dumped). I tried to remove Skype and installed it from different locations:

  • Skype website (did not install at all, "package error")

  • From official Ubuntu repository (doesn't start at all, segmentation fault)

  • From repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner" (doesn't start at all, segmentation fault)

Interesting thing: even if I remove / purge Skype from the system, it still shows up in Unity menu (of course doesn't start).

Any help here?

  • I installed skype from their website and except for some rare and minor quirks it works perfectly. What does the coredump say? – con-f-use May 19 '12 at 9:49
  • some users reported this error to go after uninstalling the Globalmenu from the sofware center. try that and see – Ashu May 19 '12 at 9:57

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Skype is working very well on Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit version (using it right now).

How to:

  1. Go to Software Sources, click on second tab Other Software and mark Canonical Partners and Canonical Partners (Source Code).
  2. Open your terminal and add the following command sudo apt-get update.
  3. After the update is completed please type sudo apt-get install skype. This will install skype and will work perfectly.

Good luck.

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    for an entirely command line method, edit /etc/apt/sources.list as root and uncomment the two partner lines as explained in the comments in that file. Then do steps 2 and 3 above. – MountainX Jun 5 '12 at 19:51
  • see askubuntu.com/a/62457/36661 – MountainX Jun 5 '12 at 19:55
  • +1 Tried it and it works on Ubuntu 12.04 64 bits. Thanks! – Andres F. Jul 15 '12 at 16:27
  • Works perfectly, though you should mention that Software Sources is found through Ubuntu Software Centre -> Edit (..in Taskbar menus..) -> Software Sources – KomodoDave Sep 8 '12 at 13:04

Skype works fine for me on 12.04 x64, and I did not have to reinstall it after the upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by using skype on Ubuntu 12.04 x64. Are you using a x64 version of Skype, or do you just want to be able to use Skype on your 64 bit machine? Historically Skype hasn't released a native x64 version for linux, so I've always used the i386 version with the i386 libraries.

I just noticed that there is a new package in the respositories which looks like it could be a native x64 version but I haven't tried it.

The version I'm using is Skype (beta) version (package is skype:i386 version:

You could try using the i386 version if you aren't already if having a native x64 app isn't that important to you.

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I can only repeat that Skype works well for me. It took quite a while to install (Installed it from their website with the Software-Center), but now it runs as my previous versions of it.

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    This does answer the question, but I think the OP needs to refine the question to get useful information, perhaps. Thanks for the info. – belacqua May 20 '12 at 0:08

Also make sure that your Apparmor profile for Skype (if you have any) isn't the cause of the problem.

I have had very similar symptoms (skype was simply coredumping), and removing my hand-written long ago Apparmor profile for Skype (/etc/apparmor.d/usr.bin.skype) resolved the problem.

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Install method for Skype 4.0 on Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit:

  1. apt-get remove skype

  2. apt-get autoremove

  3. Go to official Skype Web Site, choose Get Skype for Linux it will show Ubuntu 11.10 32- and 64-bit.

  4. Choose 64-bit and open it with Software Center.

  5. Install it, and it should work.

I believe there are some issues with Skype's icon not showing up. So I've tried this method and it works, but because of those issues, I prefer the official version existing in Ubuntu's official repositories (Skype Beta 2.2).

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Yes I've been using Skype on 12.04 x64 which is working fine, Download "Skype Static" from official website and if it wouldn't run just install the package "ia32-libs" through software center.

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I installed successfully without any issue ... steps i followed on below link


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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – fossfreedom Jun 29 '12 at 19:15

It seems that installing from Ubuntu repositories (as explained in the above solutions) install a 2.2 version of Skype.

#> skype --version
Copyright (c) 2004-2011, Skype Limited

The official Skype website offers a 4.0 version of Skype for Ubuntu 32/64bit. To install it, download the .deb package from the website(32bit or 64bit), then run:

aptitude install lib32stdc++6 libstdc++6 lib32asound2 ia32-libs libc6-i386 lib32gcc1

and then

dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_4.0.0.8-1_amd64.deb (or its 32bit counterpart)

At the end you will have a 4.0 version of Skype installed.

#> skype --version
Copyright (c) 2004-2012, Skype
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Easiest way to install latest Skype 4 and keep it updated, works brilliantly on my 12 core desktop and quad core laptop as well as on netbook, all running x64 12.04.

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Update manager recently updated my skype version from

sadly, the new version exhibits lower quality voice playback, video bugs and occasional crashes.

So, may not work for everyone.

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To Install Skype in Ubuntu 12.04 you need to get the canonical repository

sudo apt-add-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install skype
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