[solved] Webcam Upside down problem in Skype Ubuntu



Install Skype from the Ubuntu Software Center, NOT from the Skype Website. It doesn’t show the indicator on the top panel.

If you have 32 bit Ubuntu linux, follow this article :


If you have a 64bit Ubuntu Linux:

Go to terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install libv4l-0:i386
sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop

edit the Exec= line to make it look like this:

Exec=sh -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U'

Thats it. Run skype from the launcher by clicking it.

Note: if you run Skype from the terminal, or from the startup applications the webcam will still be upside down.

If you really need it to run it from the terminal, i recommend you to create an executable to preload the v4l1compat.so (to make the flip application and put it in /bin/flip)

Run Skype from the terminal:

Go to terminal and type:

sudo su

echo -e '#!/bin/sh\nLD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so $1\nexit 0' > /bin/flip

chmod +x /bin/flip


From now on, type “flip skype” to run skype with webcam fixed.

The flip command will work with any program, for example, flip vlc or flip cheese

To add skype Ubuntu startup:

Goto Dash and search for startup applications and open it.

Screenshot from 2014-01-07 03:39:10

Click on Add and fill the box up as shown and click Add.

Startup Applications Preferences_005

Thats it.


7 responses to “[solved] Webcam Upside down problem in Skype Ubuntu

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