Install Skype 4.3 on Fedora 24/23, CentOS/RHEL/SL 7.2/6.8

skype-logo-smallThis is guide, howto install Skype 4.3 on Fedora 24/23/22/21/20/19/18/17/16 on CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL)/Scientific Linux (SL) 7.2/6.8. 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 24/23/22/21/20 and CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7.2/6.8

1.1 Change root user

1.2 Install needed repositories

Needed only on CentOS/RHEL/SL

1.3 Install Needed Dependencies

Same commands 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 24/23/22/21/20 / 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 (exactly) to terminal to create /usr/bin/skype file.

Fedora 24/23/22/21/20 / 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 (as normal user!)

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. This tutorial was MAGICAL except that I seem to have created my icon so that it opens Skype, which doesn’t sign in. If I manually go by the command line to the directory and type ./skype, it works fine. Can you tell me how to change the icon to point to the right version of Skype…and/or tell me how to remove the other non-working ones?

    I’m on Fedora 23. Thank you!!

    • Hi Ray,

      Do you have older Skype installed on your system?

      Could you also post output of following commands:

      • Yes, I _do_ have installed since it opens up (but won’t let me log in). It might have installed with easyLife? Or perhaps I tried a different method to install and it didn’t work. As long as I go to the directory and launch Skype from that directory it works great. But not via the icon. Here’s the output:

        lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 24 May 22 13:29 /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop -> /opt/skype/skype.desktop

        cat /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
        [Desktop Entry]
        Comment=Skype Internet Telephony
        Exec=skype %U

        Will it help if I edit the desktop file to say Exec=/correct/dir/to/skype U% ??

        • Okay, It’s maybe better remove installation first.

          Could you post output of following command:

          • That query returned no results.

            • Could then post output of following commands:

              • Here you go (sorry this took so long, I was traveling…)

                ls -la /usr/bin/skype:
                -rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 87 May 22 22:47 /usr/bin/skype

                cat /usr/bin/skype:
                export SKYPE_HOME=”/opt/skype”

                $SKYPE_HOME/skype –resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*


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