Install Skype 4.3 on Fedora 21/20, CentOS/RHEL/SL 7/6.6

skype-logo-smallThis is guide, howto install Skype 4.3 on Fedora 21/20/19/18/17/16 on CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL)/Scientific Linux (SL) 7/6.6. This is actually easy process, but I won’t use Skype own RPM package, which works only with Fedora 16+. Skype package also doesn’t care about any needed dependencies on 64-bit (x86_64) systems nor 32-bit (i686) systems. This guide uses Skype dynamic package and all dependencies are installed manually.

1. Install Skype 4.3 on Fedora 21/20/19/18 and CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7/6.6

1.1 Change root user

1.2 Install needed repositories

Needed only on CentOS/RHEL/SL

1.3 Install Needed Dependencies

Same command on multiple lines:

Additional dependencies for CentOS 6 / Red Hat (RHEL) 6 / Scientific Linux (SL) 6

1.4 Download Skype 4.3 Dynamic

1.5 Extract Skype

1.6 Create Launcher

Open /usr/bin/skype with text editor and add following content:

Fedora / CentOS 7 / Red Hat (RHEL) 7 / Scientific Linux (SL) 7

CentOS 6 / Red Hat (RHEL) 6 / Scientific Linux (SL) 6

If you you have problems to use command line editors, like vi/vim, nano, emacs, pico, joe, etc. then copy and paste following lines (exatcly) to terminal to create /usr/bin/skype file.

Fedora / CentOS 7 / Red Hat (RHEL) 7 / Scientific Linux (SL) 7

CentOS 6 / Red Hat (RHEL) 6 / Scientific Linux (SL) 6

2. Use Skype

2.1 Start Skype

From command line use skype command

From Desktop menu on Fedora 16 Gnome 3.2 Skype Launcher
Skype Launcher Fedora 16 Gnome 3.2

From Desktop menu CentOS 6.2 Gnome 2 and Skype Launcher
Skype Launcher CentOS 6.2 Gnome 2

2.2 Accept Skype End User License Agreement

Skype End User License Agreement

2.3 Login Skype

Skype 4.3 Login

Skype 4.3 Fedora 20

2.4 Skype 4.3 running on CentOS 6.5

Skype 4.3 on CentOS 6.5

2.4 Skype 4.2 running on Fedora 19

Skype 4.2 Running on Fedora 19

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  1. on my brand-new Fedora 21 x64 installation I had to install ALL .i686 packages but now Skype works like a charm!
    Thanks a lot!!! ;)

  2. In my computer with Fedora 21 works fine,thanks!! YOU ARE THE BEST

  3. you big one!!!!

    • Have no clue where to copy all html code. Can anybody explain to me ?

  4. Followed the insructions – skype installs perfectly on Fedora 21 on (Macbook pro) but when trying to run Skype only get an error.

    “Sorry we didnt recognize your sign-in details. Please check your Skype Name and password, then try again.

    have reset my microsoft/skype numerous times just to make sure.
    deleted the .Skype directory

    makes abosulely no difference and Skype does not allow me to sign-in.

    • Hi moogo,

      Could you sign-in normally on

      I just tested Skype on Fedora 21 and I could sign-in without problems.

  5. Thanks – I would never have figured this out on my own.

    Fedora 21 – Skype worked just as directed.

  6. Hi, thanks in advance for the work-through, it seems very promising… BUT: is it just for 32-bit Fedora 21? I ask it because I see a lot of 686-packages to be installed, and I’m actually running 64-bit Fedora 21. Is there any chance to spoil the x86_64 system this way? What if I would like to have all 64-bit packages instead of those ones? Regards

    • Hi Alessandro,

      This works with 32-bit and 64-bit Fedora, you have to install those 32-bit dependencies to get it working on 64-bit system.

  7. Thanks a lot… it worked perfectly on my RHEL 7…

  8. Hi! I followed the steps but i can’t run skype
    this is the problem:
    [german@Ciro-Laptop ~]$ skype
    /usr/bin/skype: /opt/skype/skype: /lib/ bad ELF interpreter: No existe el fichero o el directorio
    How can i fix it?

    • Hi Germán,

      Did you installed 32-bit dependencies?

      /lib/ found from glibc i686 package.

  9. I followed this guide exaclty for CentOS 7 but was getting segmentation faults.

    I am running NVIDIA driver version 346.47

    I read this:

    which recommends reinstalling the Nvidia driver and now Skype is working!

    I hope this may help someone and thank you for an excellent guide.

  10. I getting these errors all the time …. nothing helped what should I do ?

    Error: Package: qtwebkit-2.3.4-6.fc20.x86_64 (download.fedoraproject.org_pub_fedora_linux_updates_testing_20_x86_64_)
    Error: Package: qtwebkit-2.3.4-6.fc20.i686 (download.fedoraproject.org_pub_fedora_linux_updates_testing_20_x86_64_)

    • My Fed20 system has the installed, and my skype made fine and works. I guess you should install this library, which is available in the repo shown.



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