I am using Ubuntu 16.04 now and I'm having problem with installing skype, when I tried to install skype, it turned out like this:

sudo apt-get install Skype
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package Skypes guy

Can you guys help me please?


6 Answers 6


all the previous version of skype has been outdated on July,1st 2017. So in order to install skype for linux download .deb file from link https://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-linux/ and after download

  1. Go to the download directory and open terminal

  2. Type command sudo dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb

All done !!


Command line way:

Open Terminal & copy paste the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/   $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install skype
  • Not working. Still it is not showing. Instead it is showing "skypeforlinux" and for "skype" it is giving same error
    – SeeTheC
    Jul 4, 2017 at 10:05
  • @SeeTheC are you sure you typed all the commands correctly?
    – James
    Jul 4, 2017 at 18:23
  • I am experiencing the same problem... after enabling Canonical Partners in Software & Updates, updating, and rebooting, I still get "E: Unable to locate package skype"
    – DaniCee
    Jul 5, 2017 at 3:26
  • @DaniCee that's not what I did. You need to (in your terminal) copy and paste the above commands. Enabling Canonical Partners in Software & Updates does not (to my knowledge) add the required repository for "skype." If you are having trouble with this, I believe there is a .deb package in Synaptic Package manager that will install Skype for you. Please ensure you have copied and pasted the above commands EXACTLY or else it won't work. Also, this answer is a year old, so the information may be outdated, but I have not checked.
    – James
    Jul 5, 2017 at 5:00
  • I also tried the commands and Skype couldn't still be located... I have opened this new discussion, if you can have a look (askubuntu.com/questions/932116/…)
    – DaniCee
    Jul 5, 2017 at 6:59

You need to go to the website and download the deb file and then sudo dpkg -i install it https://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/


The simplest way to install skype will be snap. I was troubled with this installation for long. On trying the installation using the Software Updater of Ubuntu, I was getting span error. Then I went through this step, and found this simplest method of snap.

snap is providing the installation of skype. Use these steps in command line.

Step 1: snap find "skype"

Step 2: sudo snap install skype --classic

After the execution, skype window opens and then you can continue.

For more details of snap, and its errors, use the link https://itsfoss.com/snapd-error-ubuntu/


What I did was typed the following commands in terminal,

sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin:i386 skype:i386
sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386
rm -rf ~/.Skype
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update

Then I used this link: Click here for download, it automatically downloaded the file for me.Clicking on that file led to the Ubuntu Software center from where I installed.And it works now.

  • Giving error after executing "sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb". Error "Processing triggers for dbus (1.10.6-1ubuntu3.3) ... Errors were encountered while processing: skype:i386"
    – SeeTheC
    Jul 4, 2017 at 10:04

For me none of the above worked. Bit of a workaround but Franz gives you full function Skype client, WhatsApp client and more on Linux. Works like a charm for me >> https://github.com/meetfranz/franz-app/releases/download/4.0.4/Franz-linux-x64-4.0.4.tgz

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