Install Skype 8.50 on Fedora 30/29, CentOS/RHEL/SL 7.6 - Comment Page: 1

This is guide, howto install Skype 8.50 on Fedora 30/29/28/27 on CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL)/Scientific Linux (SL) 7.6. This is actually easy process, I updated this guide and use Skype own RPM package, because it's currently only way the install Skype. Skype 4.3 and older versions are outdated after July 1. 2017. Notice From Skype download page: Important notice: All Skype for Linux clients version 4.3 and older will be retired on July 1, 2017. To keep chatting, please install the latest version of Skype for Linux. 1. Install Skype 8.50 on Fedora 30/29/28/27 and CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7.6 [inttf_post_ad1] 1.1 Change root user su - ## OR ## sudo -i 1.2 Download Skype...

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    1. Thank you for another useful tutorial!

      I use F16 and had the F13+ version installed but since a few days it refused to connect anymore.

      Following your guide solved my problem!

      One thing: after uninstalling the other one, i just removed the directory ~/.Skype, but in the new one the sounds didn’t work. I found out it looked for them in /usr/share/skype (perhaps from the old install?) so i just copied there the directories “lang” and “sounds” and fixed the problem quickly.

      Otherwise, I can confirm that everything (chat, call, video) works well on Fedora 16 X86_64.

      Keep up the good work and looking forward to discover your other guides!

      Best regards,
      Radu

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      • Hi Radu and thank you very much your feedback, I really appreciate! :)

        Just updated guide and you are totally right that sounds not working, because Skype try to find those under /usr/share/skype. I just added my solution to this problem and replaced all copies with symlinks. ;)

        Now if you update Skype later to newer version and use symlinks then you could just replace whole /opt/skype directory and everything should work smoothly…personally I like install all “external” packages under /opt directory, because /opt directory is reserved for all the software and add-on packages that are not part of the default installation.

        Thanks again Radu for your input and your help to make this guide better!

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    2. Hello JR,

      Thank you for your kind reply.

      Indeed the symlink solution is the best, I updated my setup.

      Also, this is really not important, but the application icon (the green one) is not rendered correctly (it is not transparent and has some strange pixels), no ideea why.
      screenshot

      Tried updating the gnome icoan cache but still the same.

      In the old setup it displayed correctly.

      Do you have the same problem?

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      • Hi again Radu,

        Excellent to hear that you like symlink setup… :)

        I actually see exactly same problem with Fedora 16 and Skype icon. Just tested this with CentOS 6.2 and icon is working perfectly with Gnome 2. It’s really hard to say why this icon looks so ugly on Fedora 16 Gnome 3.2 (and maybe on Fedora 15 Gnome 3). This problem is probably fixed in RPM package but not in static package.

        Btw. I just noticed one nice thing when I try to fix this icon problem. Skype actually have –resources parameter, so actually it’s more elegant use /opt/skype as resources directory. So I updated guide once again…symlink setup is working nicely, but it’s even more simple setup use resources parameter and /usr/share/skype directory is not needed at all… ;)

        So if you want use this setup then remove /usr/share/skype:

        
        rm -rf /usr/share/skype
        

        and update /usr/bin/skype as following:

        
        #!/bin/sh
        export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype"
         
        $SKYPE_HOME/skype --resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*
        
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        • Love the fact that we are discovering and learning new things!

          Updated my setup, thanx again for the tutorial!

          I can confirm that in the rmp version the icon displays correctly.

          All the best,
          Radu

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          • Yes, it’s true that we really learn and discover new things here! :)

            You are very welcome! I hope that Skype team updates this static package images too, just like rpm version.

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    3. i just foollowed all these directions, how do I wipe them out

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    4. I have installed it many times on fedora16 [because ive tried gnome kde lxde and xfc then back to gnome which im getting used to now] just by downloading the rpm from skype then just installing the 32bit packages with no problems

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    5. Hi AP,

      If you used this method then you can simple remove it with following command:

      
      rm -rf /opt/skype /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop /usr/share/icons/skype.png /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png /usr/bin/skype
      
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    6. Very good tutorial, standard RPM package from skype didn’t want to behave.

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    7. Thank you JR! I was just looking for this! It works like a charm on CentOS 6.2!

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      • Hi nightshift,

        You are welcome! Excellent to hear that this works like a charm! ;D

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    8. great and useful post, thanks for sharing

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    9. works perfectly!!! thanks, reliable & updated website like yours are like oasis in the desert

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      • Hi DemaONe,

        Excellent to hear that it works! And thank you for compliments! :)

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    10. PLEASE HELP ME!!! i have a bord video call for work in two days and my computer crashed. so fedora was the only OS i could find, so i dont know how any of this linux stuff works.. if someone would please just post every single step and how to do those steps i would GREATLY appreciate it!!! hope to hear from someone soon!!!

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      • Hi killian,

        So you have now Fedora OS installed on your computer?

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    11. very nice tut thank you again

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    12. Hi! I have fedora 16 X64. Can I install 64 bit libraries, I don’t want to install 686 libs. Is it possible?

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      • Hi samlabs821,

        Skype is 32-bit program so you need i686 libs on 64-bit machine.

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    13. I have f16 installed and installed skype via the rpm. On 64 bit machine the needed libs weren’t installed and the computer refused to boot due to soft-lock error. I knew the problem was with skype but wasn’t sure eactly what was the problem. Your tut fixed me up. I appreciate your work!!

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    14. Awesome, it worked. I had to follow it twice and rely on some user comments as I had skype installed before, but the sound did not work.

      I am on Centos 6.2 64 bits over a Dell E6420. The default sound devices picked up by the OS are named ‘PulseAudio server’, and all three (microphone, speakers, ringing) have defaulted to this option after the skype re-install. However, it’s not perfect, the sound quality is awful – cracked, distorted and with echo 1 second later. Nevertheless, it feels like progress because before I had no sound at all, and echo-test calls resulted in error messages displaying ‘problem with audio device’. Now, thanks to JR’s detailed instructions, the audio works – poor quality – but works.

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      • I should add that before the skype reinstall, I had a dropdown menu under each audio component at options->sound devices. I can’t recall what the options were, but I had a list with 5 or 6.

        After the reinstall this menu only has one option, “PulseAudio server (local)”.

        Let’s try a reboot…

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    15. Very good tutorial. But I got something wrong after installing and running skype :
      $ skype
      skype: error while loading shared libraries: libtiff.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

      I found in my system /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3 instead and nothing about libtiff.so.4
      I simply create a symlink and everything work :
      ln -s /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3 /usr/lib/libtiff.so.4

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      • Guyrodge & JR – just installed on Fedora 17 following these instructions. I had to change in (1.4) skype_static* to getskype-linux-beta-static*. Also when I launched skype it gave me an error about the libtiff.so.4 file. Following guyrodge’s advice everything works like a charm. Thanx everyone

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      • It was the first time I installed something under linux – great utorial and helped. Had the same problem with the libtiff so. 4 I cc/paste the symlink and it works perfectly well.
        But what does this symlink do please ?

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