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I really want to install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04 but i don't know how

I've tried this: How to install skype in ubuntu 16.04, but it didn't work; I get a message saying it can't locate the Skype package.

I have also installed the .deb from the official Skype site but that didn't work either; in the software store it said installing and went back to install.

When I do this:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install skype

It just says it's installing and then ends up with this:

E: Unable to locate package skype

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  • Have you enabled Canonical Partner? – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Dec 18 '16 at 12:46
  • i did it still doesn't work – RedFedora Dec 18 '16 at 12:52
  • I use version 4.3.0.37-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 from the repros. I have not downloaded any .deb files separately. – Jos Dec 18 '16 at 13:14
  • "Doesn't work" is a completely useless problem description. Please open a terminal window and run sudo apt update && sudo apt install skype. If that doesn't succeed, then edit your question and show us the exact output from those commands. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Dec 18 '16 at 13:14
  • it can't locate the skype package – RedFedora Dec 18 '16 at 13:19
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The .deb for Ubuntu 12.04 (multiarch) from the official Skype webpage does work.


If the Software Center gives you trouble installing it, you can try with GDebi Package Installed other tool to install .deb files.

  • Install GDebi using sudo apt install gdebi.
  • Right click the .deb file downloaded from the given link, Open with... and select GDebi.
  • Follow the instructions given by the installer.

Done, now you have Skype installed on your computer, just open it and check everything works properly.


  • Extra

Notice that it is a really old version of Skpye as Microsoft bought it and did not support the linux version anylonger, but still works just fine.

As @xangua commented: Skype say the launch of the new Skype for Linux client reaffirms “our commitment to the Linux community.” You can read more about in this article from omgubuntu.

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    Regarding of the comment of "as Microsoft bought it and did not support the linux version anylonger". Skype say the launch of the new Skype for Linux client reaffirms “our commitment to the Linux community.” omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/07/skype-linux-alpha – xangua Dec 18 '16 at 16:03
  • Thanks for that! Added the information, as well as the source, and mentioned you. – M. Becerra Dec 18 '16 at 16:15
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This worked for me:

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

and then Skype icon to show on applications I did:

sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386

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