I am experiencing this problem for the first time with Ubuntu 16.04, after a fresh installation.

Skype cannot be located after enabling Canonical Partners both in Software & Update, or by command line with the command:

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

Then running the following:

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install skype

However, I still get:

E: Unable to locate package skype

Any clue?


I run "sudo apt-get update --fix-missing" before trying to install skype, and this is the output I get:

Hit:1 http://cran.rstudio.com/bin/linux/ubuntu xenial/ InRelease
Hit:2 http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease                                                                                   
Hit:3 http://id.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease               
Get:4 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease [102 kB]
Get:5 http://id.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease [102 kB]
Get:6 http://id.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease [102 kB]
Fetched 306 kB in 3s (79.5 kB/s)  
Reading package lists... Done

I try "sudo apt-get install skype" again, and I obtain:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package skype
  • 1
    I tried that, both Qasim's answer, and the accepted answer enabling Canonical Partners in Sotware & Updates... still Skype cannot be located
    – DaniCee
    Jul 5, 2017 at 6:48
  • All Skype for Linux clients version 4.3 and older retired on July 1, 2017.
    – Postira
    Jul 5, 2017 at 9:03
  • 1
    This is the correct answer askubuntu.com/a/932182/167850
    – Pilot6
    Jul 5, 2017 at 16:59

3 Answers 3


The legacy Skype for Linux application was discontinued and removed from Canonical's partner repositories. You can install the new Skype for Linux application instead.


I've installed recently this way:

Add Skype repo

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

Add i386 architecture

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Update and install

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype


I think I have a solution for your problem. Of course, there's the terminal way which hasn't worked for you, but I'll put here for redundancy's sake.

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

Now that we've covered option 1, your second option is to simply search in Synaptic. Make sure it's "skype" with a lowercase s, and not "Skype" with an uppercase S. I was able to find it in Synaptic, but that may be because I have Skype installed already.

Finally, you can simply to this website https://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-linux/ and click the download .deb option and voila! skype.deb is now available to download manually (is that considered manual?). Hope this helps out!

  • 1
    The first path won’t work any more. -1 (see my answer for an explanation) Aug 14, 2017 at 15:56

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