SOLVED: Making Skype work on Ubuntu

I had Skype v 5.2 for Linux happily working on Ubuntu for since I abandoned MS over 3 years ago. MS have now withdrawn support for 5.2 and it no longer works. There is a new version which should work but I’ve had problems.

I posted the following to the MS forum - No response yet - While I’m very happy never to use Skype again I have to work with those who do - Any ideas?

I have removed old version of Skype from my ubuntu 16.04 and downloaded the deb for the new version from “-rw-rw-r-- 1 ewan ewan 66964950 Nov 7 16:40 skypeforlinux-64.deb”

When I click on the deb the software centre opens and shows me skypeforlinux ready for install but after I install it shows that I have version installed, which if course shows “Sorry, this version of Skype is not supported anymore” when I run it

I purged the old Skype installation and deleted my .Skype folder from my home directory before installing the deb and the skype icon disappeared from the dash (as it should) but I was left with a mysterious application “ewan.davis Skypetm” -(it’s been there since I first installed Skype) - I don’t seem to be able to do anything to remove this. I suspect it may be the cause of my problem? ewan.davis is my Skype ID.

I tried install with from the command line with dpkg. This also reported it was installing and appeared to succeed but I still getting "“Sorry, this version of Skype is not supported anymore” when I click on the newly installed Skype icon.

Any ideas?


Hi @ewan thanks for posting - I didn’t actually know about the new version of Skype for Linux, so I have just installed it (I’m on Linux Mint 18.2). I didn’t have the older version of Skype installed as it happens, so there hasn’t been any issue over version conflicts.

Have you tried stuff like sudo apt remove --purge skype ?

Alternatively, spin up the Synaptic Package Manager and search for packages including the string ‘skype’ - remove everything and then reinstall from the .deb you downloaded from Microsoft’s site.


Tried both of those before I posted :frowning:

OK it sounds like somehow the Unity menu entry isn’t getting updated?

Can you remove the ewan.davis Skypetm and Skype entries?

on my machine the Skype binary is at /usr/bin/skypeforlinux and I can launch it from the command line with simply $ skypeforlinux - does this work for you? If so you know that it’s installed on your machine fine, but you need to clean up the launcher entry.

@adrian.wilkins you’re a Unity-ist? how do you fettle entries on the Unity launcher? I use Mint which has a more traditional application menu.


I can get rid of the skype entry but not the ewan.davis Skypetm one - I have searched high and low for where this is stored.

typing skypeforlinux works

So does anyone know where the Unity Launcher stores stuff?


There’s a thread on OMGubuntu about what sounds like a similar issue

The solution there seemed to be: apt remove skypeforlinux and then move the hidden folder .Skype to .Skypebackup (or delete it)

And then reinstall Skype For Linux

OK sorted used an application called Ezame

This allowed me to identify that ewan.davis SkypeTM was coming from a file in my home directory ~/.local/share/applications/skype.desktop removing this solved the problem and the skype ico now opens the new version of skypeforlinux


Cool - have taken the liberty of marking the thread as solved and will close