Unable to uninstall skype on Ubuntu 20.04.2

fr flag

I have skype installed and running at startup. I would like to remove it altogether. I've seen some advice online, but none of them work.

I can see several skypeforlinux processes running in the system monitor. When I run sudo apt-get --purge remove skypeforlinux I get:

E: Unable to locate package skypeforlinux 

When I run dpkg -S skype I see a list of files of the form ubuntu-docs: /usr/share/help/it/gnome-help/ (I guess help documents in several languages) and nothing else. I don't see any Skype related entry in the Startup Applications Preferences, even though Skype launches itself on startup.

Any idea?

Someone avatar
my flag
You've tor reinstall Skype and purge it using back-end tools like `dpkg`. How did you installed Skype?
N0rbert avatar
zw flag
Also add output of `dpkg -l | grep -i skype`; `snap list | grep -i skype`; `flatpak list | grep -i skype`; `find ~ -iname '*skype*'` .
cn flag

If you have installed it through snap, then

sudo snap remove --purge skype

if doesn't work try this cmd;

sudo apt --purge remove skype/skypeforlinux

After removing Skype find /.config/Skype and into this directory type

rm -r Skype skypeforlinux

hope this help you.

Shay avatar
fr flag
`sudo snap remove --purge skype` worked, thanks! I couldn't find /.config/Skype though.
s3idani avatar
cn flag
in a snap installation, the skype config file is stored in ~/snap

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