I am using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Today I tried to open the Skype, after providing the login credentials, automatically Skype got terminated.

One day before Skype was working properly.

Once I tried to open the Skype from the terminal, got the below error message:

deepak@deepak:~$ skype Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "overlay-scrollbar" Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "gail" Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "atk-bridge" Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "unity-gtk-module"

  • sir i have a bunch of questions that can easily resumee into one, how do you installed skype? (explain detailed, if you don't remember delete this post(joke)) Nov 10, 2017 at 14:15
  • You can install from the ubuntu software center. Nov 10, 2017 at 14:17
  • so you installed from the software center... that explains your problem Nov 10, 2017 at 14:36
  • But it was working today morning and without installing any package or updating any package how it stopped working? Nov 10, 2017 at 14:49
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    Micro$oft just updated Skype, adding some features <cough>bloat<cough>, so it's supposed to pop up a window telling you to upgrade to the newest version, but 9/10 it crashes (trial and error on my part). Nothing to do with gail and atk-bridge, imho, just bad coding on MS's part.
    – user303371
    Nov 24, 2017 at 1:37

1 Answer 1


I don't trust the black magick that makes the software center, in cases like this.
Remember, with linux things... the CLI is your best friend. :)

First you need to delete that buggy skype so open a terminal with CTR + ALT + T
And type the following...
Note: I'm assuming that your package is called skype since you copy-pasted that here

sudo apt purge skype --auto-remove

Now go and download a fresh copy of Skype from the oficial website.
When you completed the download, go to the folder and right click 'open terminal'.
then you must type the following commands...
Note: use TAB for autocompleting the annoying large name of the package

sudo dpkg -i skype-amd64.deb
sudo apt install -f

With that done, your skype should work fine. If for some weird reason the installation gives you errors, then do sudo apt update && dist-upgrade for fixing missing libraries.


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