How to install skype in ubuntu 12.04(Precise)

Skype is a proprietary voice-over-Internet Protocol service and software application originally created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis in 2003, and owned by Microsoft since 2011.

The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features, including file transfer, and videoconferencing. Competitors include SIP and H.323-based services, such as Empathy, Linphone, Ekiga as well as the Google Talk service.

Install skype in ubuntu 12.04

To install Skype add the Canonical Partner Repository.Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo apt-add-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype

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59 Responses

  1. Tushar says:

    It gives error …

    sudo add-apt-repository “deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner”
    Error: need a repository as argument

  2. Luigi says:

    The problem is copy&paste double quote. Try deleting and retyping double quote.

  3. inclito says:

    Even typing still generates errors, errors in the update to fix this includes the main source at the end of the list, and then give the update. And even after the upgrade does not install anything skype.

    This tip is not complete, could be better.

  4. Tom says:

    Just open synaptic package manager or software center and check the box next to partner in “other software” repositories. Sheish. You make this more complicated than this needs to be ppl. Get a grip!

  5. Ardi says:

    it is misplaced the words. It should be:

    sudo apt-add- …


    sudo add-apt-…

  6. Hsir says:

    🙂 … thanks !!

  7. japetko says:

    Thanks this work for me…

  8. Pamoda says:

    Awesome brother.. awesome.. it worked for me..
    Thanks a lot man..

  9. Doug says:

    Where is the app needed to install skype on ubuntu? will it do video?

  10. Anonyma says:

    I’m getting this error:

    lsb_release-sc: command not found
    sudo: apt-add-repositorydeb command not found

  11. Anonyma says:

    Sorry, I made a mistake earlier. this is the error message I’m getting.

    mmpm:~$ sudo apt-add-repository “deb$(lsb_release -sc)partner”
    Error: ‘deb‘ invalid

  12. Anonyma says:

    The first one works after a copy & paste. The next one doesn’t even with a copy & paste. I’m getting this error this time.

    E: Malformed line 57 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list (dist parse)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.

  13. Aceian says:

    same as anonyma except that it says line 6

  14. Barth says:

    Worked for me, thanks!

  15. Rock says:

    Hi, I’m a Junior of Unbuntu. I installed and found the Skype list in my installation software. But how to activate Skype?

  16. Tom says:

    Same as Rock, installed, can’t find icon or how to activate it.

    Also, How do I know which version of Ubuntu I am using?

  17. ruchi says:

    Open the terminal and run the following command to find the ubuntu version

    lsb_release -a

  18. Hideks says:


  19. eugen says:

    Thank you very much!

  20. Alexandre says:

    I was having the same problem as Anonyma and Aceian then went to


    backed up the sources.list file

    sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup

    then opened it:

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    and uncommented lines:

    # deb precise partner
    # deb-src precise partner

    closed gedit, updated and installed skype. It is working.

  21. ady says:

    i`m using ubuntu 12.04 and it seems that i have a pb whit mike on skpe isn“t work ! i`m usig a compaq presario cq60 whit web and mike integrated, can somebody help me how to make that mike to work !? thx!

  22. Haac says:

    Hi, I googled “Skype for Ubuntu”
    I found this link, but also I found this link:

    And also there is the Synaptic Package.

    But the point here might be if anyone could share what is the difference?

    For common use, the linux download might work for the most, the Synaptic might help when the previous fail. And the command line options will work for more specific situations but then the user needs to know better what does the command and the options means.

  23. Haac says:

    Sorry for the double post.
    I tried to install it from skype website but the deb file generated an error while installing because a needed lib was not included in the install. I didn’t tried the synaptic option because the instructions here were first to add the canonical repository and then to run the installer.
    I verified with another website and the command that worked for me to add the repository is:
    sudo add-apt-repository “deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner”

    My referral website was:

  24. sandesh says:

    thanks a lot!

  25. archie says:


    I’m new in ubuntu and can’t install skype. after the command sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype there’s an error

    Reading package lists… Done
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    skype : Depends: skype-bin but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    please help. thank you.

  26. RG says:

    It worked for me…I’m using 12.10

  27. Fariba says:

    what is this error???
    @ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype
    E: Malformed line 3 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list (dist parse)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.

  28. zaheer says:

    please anyone help me i have problem using skype in ubuntu 10.10. whenever i open skype a terminal window automatically opens and when i sign in everything sticks…awfuly…very bad…any help

  29. homina says:

    Wow!!!It works for me….
    Thanks a lot

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