skype-logo-smallThis is guide, howto install Skype 4.3 on Fedora 25/24/23/22/21/20 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 25/24/23/22/21/20 and CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7.2/6.8

1.1 Change root user


su -
## OR ##
sudo -i

1.2 Install needed repositories

Needed only on CentOS/RHEL/SL


## CentOS 7, Red Hat (RHEL) 7 and Scientific Linux 7 ##
yum localinstall http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-8.noarch.rpm
yum localinstall http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el7/x86_64/nux-dextop-release-0-5.el7.nux.noarch.rpm


## CentOS 6, Red Hat (RHEL) 6 and Scientific Linux 6 ##
yum localinstall http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

1.3 Install Needed Dependencies


## Fedora 25/24/23/22 ##
dnf install alsa-lib.i686 fontconfig.i686 freetype.i686 glib2.i686 libSM.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 libXi.i686 libXrandr.i686 libXrender.i686 libXv.i686 libstdc++.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 zlib.i686 qtwebkit.i686

## Fedora 21/20/19/18/17/16 and CentOS/RHEL 7.2/6.8 ##
yum install alsa-lib.i686 fontconfig.i686 freetype.i686 glib2.i686 libSM.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 libXi.i686 libXrandr.i686 libXrender.i686 libXv.i686 libstdc++.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 zlib.i686 qtwebkit.i686

Same commands on multiple lines:


## Fedora 25/24/23/22 ##
dnf install alsa-lib.i686 fontconfig.i686 freetype.i686 \
glib2.i686 libSM.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 libXi.i686 \
libXrandr.i686 libXrender.i686 libXv.i686 libstdc++.i686 \
pulseaudio-libs.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 zlib.i686 qtwebkit.i686

## Fedora 21/20/19/18/17/16 and CentOS/RHEL 7.2/6.8 ##
yum install alsa-lib.i686 fontconfig.i686 freetype.i686 \
glib2.i686 libSM.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 libXi.i686 \
libXrandr.i686 libXrender.i686 libXv.i686 libstdc++.i686 \
pulseaudio-libs.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 zlib.i686 qtwebkit.i686

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


yum install libcanberra-gtk2.i686 gtk2-engines.i686 PackageKit-gtk-module.i686

1.4 Download Skype 4.3 Dynamic


cd /tmp

## Skype 4.3 Dynamic for Fedora/CentOS/RHEL/SL ##
wget --trust-server-names http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-dynamic

1.5 Extract Skype


mkdir /opt/skype

## Extract Skype 4.3 ##
tar xvf skype-4.3* -C /opt/skype --strip-components=1

1.6 Create Launcher


## Link skype.desktop ##
ln -s /opt/skype/skype.desktop /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop

## Link icons (copy and paste all rows at once) ##
## Thank you Andrej Podzimek for this code and idea ##
for icon in /opt/skype/icons/*; do
ressuffix="${icon##*_}"
res="${ressuffix%%.*}"
ln -s "$icon" /usr/share/icons/hicolor/"$res"/apps/skype.png
done

## Update gtk icon cache (needed at least Gnome/GTK envorinments) ##
gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/hicolor

## Create empty /usr/bin/skype file and set permissions ##
touch /usr/bin/skype
chmod 755 /usr/bin/skype

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

Fedora 25/24/23/22/21/20 / CentOS 7 / Red Hat (RHEL) 7 / Scientific Linux (SL) 7


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

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


#!/bin/sh
export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype"
export GTK2_RC_FILES="/etc/gtk-2.0/gtkrc"

$SKYPE_HOME/skype --resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*

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 25/24/23/22/21/20 / CentOS 7 / Red Hat (RHEL) 7 / Scientific Linux (SL) 7


cat << EOF > /usr/bin/skype
#!/bin/sh
export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype"
 
\$SKYPE_HOME/skype --resources=\$SKYPE_HOME \$*
EOF

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


cat << EOF > /usr/bin/skype
#!/bin/sh
export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype"
export GTK2_RC_FILES="/etc/gtk-2.0/gtkrc"

\$SKYPE_HOME/skype --resources=\$SKYPE_HOME \$*
EOF

2. Use Skype

2.1 Start Skype

From command line use skype command (as normal user!)


skype

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