When installing Skype from the linux repository a repository skype-stable is added as noted in answers to How to get latest Skype for Linux version from repository?.

However, when the package is purged the repository is still left in place and active.

  • The information of the repositories that the apt-get uses is located in the /etc/apt/sources.list file and the /etc/apt/sources.list.d folder. If you remove/purge a package, the repository may remain in the configuration.
    – Jaime
    Aug 31, 2017 at 14:11

3 Answers 3


As you said, you can't remove this repository with purging or removing skypeforlinux package.

You should remove that repository file manually.

Skype make its repository's file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory with skype-stable.list name.

So you should comment all lines of this file with this command:

sudo sed -i 's/^/#/' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

And then run this command to apply changes in your repositories:

sudo apt update

Also you can remove that file completely with this command, but the above way (comment all lines) is much safer than it:

sudo rm -rf /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

I agree with other answers that you are right. When installing the package, the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list and a public key are added, but they are not removed when purging.

It would be fully possible to add a maintenance script to the package which removes those things when purging. If you install e.g. Google Chrome, and purge it later, the apt sources entry is automatically removed.

The absence of such a script in the skypeforlinux package is a bug IMO, which someone may want to report to Skype.

  • Also, if you remove the repo, don't forget to remove the repository keys (using the apt-key list and apt-key del <KEYID> commands).
    – zrajm
    Jul 28, 2021 at 13:17

You are correct. Purging a package does not remove the repository entry. You need to do that manually. One way is to edit the repository list /etc/apt/sources.list (use your favorite text editor, but you'll need to have root privilege) and comment or delete the line that includes skype-stable.

There's more information here, including how to look at your repository list and a direct method to edit it.

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