Install skpye 4.3 on CentOS, RHEL & Fedora

skype is most popular application which is used to make a call over the Internet as FREE of cost. Skype to Skype calls & message completely FREE and Skype to Landlines and mobile phones low calling rate compare with mobile phones. Skype Technologies S.A (Microsoft Corporation) announced the new release of Skype 4.3 for Linux on June 18th 2014. Read about Skype installation on Debain based systems & Install skype on Ubuntu via PPA. Skype initially developed by Skype Technologies S.A. and founder Dave Horstman. Microsoft Corporation acquired Skype Technologies S.A. On May 2011 and doing further development now.

Features in skpye 4.3

  • Updated UI
  • Improved file transfer support when using multiple devices at once
  • PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support
  • Skype to Skype calls
  • Calls to mobiles and landlines
  • Group calls
  • Forward calls
  • One to one and Group video calls
  • Instant messaging, Voice messages & SMS
  • Send files
  • Screen sharing
  • Group screen sharing
  • Lot of bug fixes with many new features and improvements. For complete change log
  • For More Features
  • skype official home page

Method -1 : Install Skype Through RPM File

We can easily install skype through RPM file.

[Download & install latest Skype]
$ sudo wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-4.3.0.37-fedora.i586.rpm
$ sudo dnf install skype-4.3.0.37-fedora.i586.rpm

Method -2 : Install Skype manual way

1) Install/Enable Required Repositories

Install/Enable the EPEL & NUX Dextop Repositories for CentOS, RHEL and Scientific Linux. Also install the 32-bit versions of qtwebkit from repositories

# For CentOS, RHEL, SL & Fedora 21 & older Systems #
# yum install qtwebkit.i686

# For CentOS, RHEL, SL & Fedora 21 & older Systems #
# dnf install qtwebkit.i686

2) Install Required Packages as per CentOS advice

The below list of packages should be installed on your system to run skype smoothly.

# Install the necessary 32-bit packages #
# yum install alsa-lib.i686 libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 gtk2-engines.i686 PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 libcanberra.i686 libcanberra-gtk2.i686

# Install the necessary 32-bit audio packages #
# yum install pulseaudio-libs.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686<

# Install the necessary 32-bit video package #
# yum install libv4l.i686

3) Download the skype archive file

Use the below command to download the skype 4.3 archive file.

# wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2
# tar -jxvf skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2

4) Create Launcher for skype

For accessing the installed software on your system globally, you need to create the launcher file to /usr/bin/skyp and give executable permission then add the below script in that file. Save + Exit.

# touch /usr/bin/skype
# chmod 755 /usr/bin/skype

# Add Launcher script #
# nano /usr/bin/skype

#!/bin/sh
export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype-4.3.0.37"
$SKYPE_HOME/skype --resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*

5) Configuring skype

You need to create the below list of Symbolic Links to make skype work properly.

# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/icons/skype.png
# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png
# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/skype.desktop /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/sounds/ /usr/share/sounds/
# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/lang/ /usr/share/lang/

6) Launch skype

Use the below command to launch the skype from command line.

# skype

Agree skype Terms of Use
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skype main window launched and click skype Name button.
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Enter your skype username and its password, then hit Sing in button.
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Signing in in-process
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Skype main window launched successfully.
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skype chatting window.
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Magesh Maruthamuthu

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  • Sid

    ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/icons/skype.png
    ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png
    ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/skype.desktop /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop

  • Sid

    Thank you !

    But don’t you think the links need to be created from /opt/skype instead of /usr/src/skype.. ?

    • @sid,
      It’s typo, I have modified according that.

  • Mohd. Shakeer

    Thanks for giving good information.

    It’s really good stuff i installed Skype as you mention above.

    How could i uninstall the Skype. i did try to use command yum remove Skye it’s saying there is no package installed.

    would be appreciate your answer.

    • @Shakeer,
      We have installed manually using tar file. So, just remove the extracted directory and remove the links manually that’s it.

  • Susanto

    Its really a great help for me to install skype on my system, i was frustrated . Now i am felling like a winner after successfully installed. thanks again.

  • Anton

    Damn! It works! Thank you so much!!! =)

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