Ubuntu – Unable to install Skype on 64bit Ubuntu

64-bitaptskypesoftware installation

Note: The legacy Skype for Linux application (v4.*) is now discontinued and was removed from Canonical’s partner repositories, so this question and its answers are obsolete. Please refer to a newer answer of our canonical Skype installation question.

I am receiving the following message while I am trying to install Skype:

nidhin@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update
nidhin@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install skype
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

How can I fix this?

Best Answer

12.10 and newer

I had that same issue and what helped was to enable the 32-bit architecture by doing this:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update

then I was able to install skype via the Canonical Partner Repository:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype
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