I'm desperate, I've tried everything. I can't install Skype no matter what. I've tried every command I could and still nothing. When I download from the website I get a read only folder.

Whatever command I use, this is the result

Unable to locate package Skype

2 Answers 2


Open a terminal by Ctrl+Alt+T and do the following:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gdebi
cd ~/Downloads
wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
sudo gdebi skypeforlinux-64.deb

This should do it. If the system tells you that gdebi is already installed you can ignore this and simply continue with the next command.

  • This worked but now I can't even get ubuntu to load/boot properly. I have to go system recovery and boot normally from there otherwise my laptop just shuts down before Ubuntu even loads. So f****** frustrating. Dec 9, 2017 at 22:42
  • That should not be caused by this, did you have some other updates running lately?
    – Videonauth
    Dec 9, 2017 at 22:46
  • I just factory reset everything and it seems to be working again. In terms of updates no nothing other than sudo apt update. I literally didn't install anything else or do anything else to it. I'm wondering if there was some conflict between gdebi and ubuntu software. Dec 9, 2017 at 23:57
  • Should not be a conflict between them, they are completely independent.
    – Videonauth
    Dec 9, 2017 at 23:59

Have you downloaded the latest version from official website: https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/ ?

You can download the .deb file and open it with UBUNTU software center then click install.

If it does not work please reply with more details.

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