How To Install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04

It’s really easy to install Skype on Ubuntu. Open up a terminal window and run the following command to add Skype Linux client repository to your system. You will need to enter your password.

echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

Then use the following two commands to fetch and install Skype public key so that APT package manager can verify the integrity of downloaded packages from this repo.


sudo apt-key add SKYPE-GPG-KEY

Since this repository is using HTTPS protocol, we also need to install the apt-transport-https package.

sudo apt install apt-transport-https

Now all left to do is to update our software source and install skypeforlinux package, which is around 69 MB of size.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install skypeforlinux

Once installed, you can start Skype for Linux from application menu or use the command below.


Once you are logged in, you can start using Skype.

install skype on ubuntu 16.04

When a new Skype for Linux version comes out, simply run sudo apt update and sudo apt upgrade command to update to the latest version.

I hope this tutorial helped you install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04 desktop.

Also read: How To Install qTox Messenger on Linux

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10 Responses to “How To Install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04

  • E: Unable to locate package skype

    need some help..

  • Vladyslav Kaminskyi
    4 years ago

    Package skype:i386 is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘skype:i386’ has no installation candidate

  • Nikhil Kulshrestha
    4 years ago

    E: Unable to locate package skype
    getting error

  • Imaginashawn
    4 years ago

    ‘The above command will add an APT line at the end of /etc/apt/sources.list file.’ ?
    I have no idea what that means. Maybe this is why people are having trouble.

  • Prasanna
    4 years ago

    Thank you somuch . god bless u

  • Ntui Obi
    2 years ago

    I just love love love you.. it worked perfectly. thanks

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