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, 2012 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, 2012 at 9:57

11 Answers 11


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, 2012 at 19:51
  • see askubuntu.com/a/62457/36661
    – MountainX
    Jun 5, 2012 at 19:55
  • +1 Tried it and it works on Ubuntu 12.04 64 bits. Thanks!
    – Andres F.
    Jul 15, 2012 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, 2012 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.


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, 2012 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.


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).


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.


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, 2012 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


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.


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.


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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