I've installed Skype, but the icon is not shown at the top panel (tray). As "tray-whitelist" was removed from dconf, I can't add icon by myself.

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    It should be present under the messaging menu, which makes it easy to access and view all email and chat clients. However, if you don't like it, sni-qt:i386 is the way to go Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 14:43
  • @Vic It is not duplication, since another answer works only in < 12.10. In 13.04 "tray-whitelist" was removed. That's why your one won't help on systems >=13.04 Commented Sep 17, 2014 at 17:28

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I had the same problem, installing the following package fixed it for me:

sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386
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    Worked on 13.10 as well!
    – karlingen
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 8:40
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    Worked on 14.04 as well :) Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 8:50
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    after logging in it is disappearing... it came back again!
    – Tarek
    Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 17:53
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    Needed a restart to work. Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 14:06
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    More info on why this works: askubuntu.com/a/151118/48105 Commented Jan 10, 2015 at 13:42

I had the same problem when I downloaded skype directly from skype.com.

To fix it just you need completely remove your installed skype, then open terminal and do this:

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

After these manipulations I have skype icon in panel.

  • Its always a bit older version, but a good solution to a given problem
    – Michael
    Commented Jul 3, 2013 at 8:09

Skype icon can be visible after white listing the skype icon by gsetting set command like,

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'Update-notifier', 'Skype']"

Found on Linuxicle : Enable skype notification icon in Ubuntu 12.04/13.04

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    This worked for me. Thanks. (Using Ubuntu 12.04.4)
    – alexscmar
    Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 14:16
  • From Ubuntu 13.04 on, this solution will not work as the support for systray-whitelist was removed (see). You can however install the systray-white PPA's packages to make this solution work again.
    – tanius
    Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 17:13

This have worked for me: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/04/fix-skype-not-working-in-ubuntu-1304.html Nvidia and Catalyst drivers don't run well with skype.


I also had problems installing Skype from skype.com. I had tried to install the Ubuntu 12.04 multiarch version that seemed to be the closest they had to the one I was running which was Ubuntu 13.04 on a x86_64 (64 bit) machine. Had problems with both the sound and video and my 13.04 was a clean and recent install.

I then completely uninstalled that version and took the version from canonical.com and have now managed to successfully use Skype.

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