I have been bashing my head against a wall with this one; despite having trawled several relevant threads and asked in freenode, I'm still stuck.

The following thread is the closest to my issue: Can't install Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit

Gave a 14.04 64-bit system to my dad but haven't been able to get skype running for him. The libqtwebkit4 one is given as the problem, but it is already installed - I've checked. I've also run all of the instructions in the linked thread to no avail. Partner repositories are enabled, but I can't install from apt-get either.

nothing@computer:/home/Shared$ sudo dpkg -i skype-install.deb
Selecting previously unselected package skype.
(Reading database ... 234518 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack skype-install.deb ...
Unpacking skype ( ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of skype:
 skype depends on libqtwebkit4 (>= 2.1.0~2011week13).

dpkg: error processing package skype (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.54ubuntu1.1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.10.1-0ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.1+14.04.20140409-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.13-1) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:


  • Try running sudo apt-get install -f to install missing dependencies. How do you know libqtwebkit4 is installed? May 15 '16 at 20:18
  • Already did that, it removes the package without errors, but I'm still unable to install, I get the same libqtwebkit error. I know libqtwebkit4 is installed because if I try to install it the response 'libqtwebkit4 is already the newest version'. May 15 '16 at 20:19
  • Where did you get that skype-install.deb file? The best way to install Skype on Ubuntu is to enable Canonical Partners and then install it the usual way, which on the command line would be: sudo apt install skype (help.ubuntu.com/lts/ubuntu-help/…) May 15 '16 at 21:34
  • As in the linked thread I got it via "wget -O skype-install.deb skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb", but I have also tried with "sudo apt-get install skype" to no avail. May 15 '16 at 21:39

Try this:

sudo apt-get purge skype*
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install skype
  • sudo apt-get install skype Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not yet been created or been moved out of Incoming. The following information may help to resolve the situation: The following packages have unmet dependencies. skype : Depends: skype-bin E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages. May 15 '16 at 22:10
  • @user339367: Did you enable Canonical Partners? What if you run: sudo apt install skype skype-bin (try apt instead of apt-get, somtimes it's 'smarter') May 16 '16 at 0:17

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