I have Ubuntu 16.04 (64-bit edition) on my computer, and Skype version 4.1 currently installed. Microsoft is reporting that my current version of Skype is out of date, and an upgrade is required.

I attempted to download the .deb file from Microsoft's site, but it fails to install.

Running sudo apt-get install skype shows that my current version of Skype is up-to-date. What is going on, and how can I fix it?

  • Can you show a screenshot of that message demanding you to upgrade Skype? Also, what does dpkg -l | grep skype and apt policy skype say? – Byte Commander Jun 16 '17 at 19:58
  • I say you remove your current version of skype by using 'purge' then download the deb file from Microsofts website and use 'dpkg'. – NerdOfCode Jun 16 '17 at 20:16
  • sudo apt-add-repository repo.skype.com/deb then sudo apt-get update – ravery Jun 16 '17 at 20:20
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From the official download page:

Important notice: All Skype for Linux clients version 4.3 and older will be retired on July 1, 2017. To keep chatting, please install the latest version of Skype for Linux.

Older versions of Skype for Linux (identified by package name skype) are as of now considered out of date and will be sunset soon. In order to continue using Skype, you will need to install the latest beta version (now linked to from the main page), package name skypeforlinux.

Uninstall the older Skype using the following command:

sudo apt remove skype skype-bin

Once the old Skype is uninstalled, install the new one:

wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb && \
sudo dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb && sudo apt -f install && \
rm skypeforlinux-64.deb

From this point on, you will need to launch the "Skype For Linux" app, not the old "Skype" app.

If you'd rather use apt to install Skype For Linux, run these commands instead of the above install commands:

dpkg -s apt-transport-https > /dev/null || bash -c "sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y" 
curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add - 
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux

Any new updates to skypeforlinux will be distributed through APT.


Do sudo apt purge skype to remove it. Then cd Downloads/ and sudo dpkg -i [skype file here]. Then just type skype to run it. Hope this helps...

  • also: you may have the latest linux version, but not the latest windows version. update skype in windows since windows is complaining. – ravery Jun 16 '17 at 19:40
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    @ravery There hasn't been Windows mentioned anywhere. We're only talking about Skype for Ubuntu here. – Byte Commander Jun 16 '17 at 19:57
  • @byte Commander he mentions Microsoft twice "Microsoft demands upgrade" and "sudo apt-get install -y skype tells me that I have an up to date version Microsoft disgrees." Microsoft=Windows – ravery Jun 16 '17 at 20:06
  • @ravery No. Microsoft is the company that created Skype (and Windows). You can have Skype without Windows. – Byte Commander Jun 16 '17 at 20:07
  • I agree with @ByteCommander – NerdOfCode Jun 16 '17 at 20:08

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