Install Skype 8.69 on Fedora 34/33, CentOS/RHEL/SL 8.3/7.8 - Comment Page: 4

This is guide, howto install Skype 8.69 on Fedora 34/33/32/31 on CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL)/Scientific Linux (SL) 8.3/7.8. 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 Skype 4.3 and older versions are outdated after July 1. 2017.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. Check video version of guide: Watch More Videos and Subscribe to if-not-true-then-false.com Youtube Channel 1. Install Skype 8.69 on Fedora...

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    1. I notice that the install includes a lot of i686 libs.

      Will this work on a Fedora 17/64 system?

      I’ve tried installing Skype with FedoraUtils (not yours) but Skype reports problems with audio / playback and I’m unable to make calls.

      Thanks.

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      • Just had to ‘reply to myself’.

        All works A-Okay. i686 libraries are fine.

        Thanks for the great guide. Worked without a hitch.

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        • Hi Peter,

          You are welcome and nice to hear that you got Skype working! And yes 32-bit libraries are needed on 64-bit systems because there is no 64-bit Skype available.

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          • It took me a while to figure that out. Trust Microsoft to drag their feet updating Linux applications. I’m sure Skype is 64 bit on Windows 7.

            You guide worked perfectly on two of my systems now.

            Thanks very much.

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            • Yes you are right there is Skype version for 64-bit Windows.

              Nice to hear that this guide worked perfectly on your systems! :)

              Reply
    2. uh, I don’t know if it’s just me, but how do you edit the /usr/bin/skype file? I can access it, but I can’t save it..

      Reply
      • Hi Jim,

        You can use example nano or vi/vim editor to edit /usr/bin/skype as root. Or alternatively you could use graphical editor (like gedit, kwrite, kate, etc.), but you have to start your editor as root user.

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    3. Hello. Thanks a lot for the tutorial.

      My Skype runs only when I type this in the terminal everytime.


      #!/bin/sh
      export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype"

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

      I can’t find the icon in my applications. I am using Fedora 17. I am new to Linux and found the installations for almost everything here.

      Could you please tell me how to uninstall this and do the installation freshly?

      Reply
      • Hi Ankur,

        Before uninstall / fresh install, could you post output of following commands:

        
        ls -la /usr/bin/skype
        
        ls -la /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
        ls -la /usr/share/icons/skype.png
        ls -la /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png
        
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        • This is what I got when I typed the commands.


          [[email protected] ~]# ls -la /usr/bin/skype
          -rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 0 Oct 16 20:26 /usr/bin/skype
          [[email protected] ~]# ls -la /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
          lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 24 Oct 16 19:50 /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop -> /opt/skype/skype.desktop
          [[email protected] ~]# ls -la /usr/share/icons/skype.png
          lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 36 Oct 16 19:50 /usr/share/icons/skype.png -> /opt/skype/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png
          [[email protected] ~]# ls -la /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png
          lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 36 Oct 16 19:50 /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png -> /opt/skype/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png

          Reply
          • Okay, looks good, could you also post output of following command:

            
            cat /usr/bin/skype
            
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            • Nothing happened :-o

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              • Okay then add following to /usr/bin/skype file:

                
                #!/bin/sh
                export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype"
                 
                $SKYPE_HOME/skype --resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*
                
                Reply
                • I added. Skype pops up. Skype comes on the bottom right. Also comes on the favorites panel. But does’t come in applications!

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                  • I tried reinstalling the whole thing again. This is the problem I am facing.


                    [[email protected] tmp]# cd /usr/lib
                    [[email protected] lib]#
                    [[email protected] lib]# ln -s libtiff.so.3 /usr/lib/libtiff.so.4
                    ln: failed to create symbolic link `/usr/lib/libtiff.so.4': File exists
                    [[email protected] lib]# ln -s /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3 /usr/lib/libtiff.so.4
                    ln: failed to create symbolic link `/usr/lib/libtiff.so.4': File exists
                    [[email protected] lib]# ln -s /opt/skype/skype.desktop /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
                    ln: failed to create symbolic link `/usr/share/applications/skype.desktop': File exists
                    [[email protected] lib]# ln -s /opt/skype/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/icons/skype.png
                    ln: failed to create symbolic link `/usr/share/icons/skype.png': File exists
                    [[email protected] lib]# ln -s /opt/skype/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png
                    ln: failed to create symbolic link `/usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png': File exists
                    [[email protected] lib]# touch /user/bin/skype
                    touch: cannot touch `/user/bin/skype': No such file or directory

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                    • Hi Ankur,

                      As you can see from error messages you already have those links and

                      
                      touch /user/bin/skype
                      

                      command won’t work, because there is not /user/ directory! It’s /usr/ as this guide says.

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                      • I am on Fedora 19. On entering the following command “cat /usr/bin/skype” I get the contents of usr/bin/skype file. But I can’t find skype in my applications but skype works from terminal. Could you please help?

                      • Hi Ankur,

                        Could you post output of following commands:

                        
                        ls -la /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
                        
                        cat /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
                        
    4. Works like a charm. Thanks again!
      At first I couldn’t get my mic to work, but that was entirely PEBKAC. Calling echo at least works. Now to check whether pulseaudio will handle group calls while playing L4D2 on Wine …… :D

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    5. Outstanding Instructions.. worked perfectly without any issues on RHEL6
      I cut and pasted your instructions and it worked flawelessly..

      Love it!!!!!!!!

      Reply
    6. Here are my results when I enter
      wget –trust-server-name http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-beta-static

      wget: unrecognized option ‘–trust-server-name’
      Usage: wget [OPTION]… [URL]…

      Try ‘wget –help’ for more options.

      The tutorial looks good but I’m dead at the first command. I didn’t see that anyone else was having this problem. Please advise.

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      • I bumped against the same challenge, but I downloaded the Dynamic version of Skype. And then used the steps described in the tutorial. But then again I bumped at adding the lines to /usr/bin/skype because it is a binary file. I’m using CENTOS i386.

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      • Hi Edwin,

        I updated this tutorial, because of latest Skype update. I assume that you are using CentOS 6.3, Red Hat (RHEL) 6.3 or Scientific Linux (SL) 6.3? Currently Skype 4.1 won’t work on CentOS, RHEL or SL. You have to use older version Skype 4.0 instead, because Skype 4.1 requires Qt 4.7 and Enterprise Linux 6 have only 4.6.

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    7. Hello fellas,
      I’ve used this tutorial to install skype on CentOS 5 server( with X window System ).
      I’m stuck at adding lines to /usr/bin/skype because it is a binary file.

      I tried starting skype without the modification and I get the error (which I can understand):

      Segmentation fault

      How can we get skype working on this system?

      Reply
      • #su
        #chmod 755 /usr/bin/skype
        #cat > /usr/bin/skype [Enter]

        #!/bin/sh
        export SKYPE_HOME=”/opt/skype”

        $SKYPE_HOME/skype –resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*

        [Control+D]

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        • After I add the commands to the /user/bin/skype file, I attempt to launch and get the following error message:

          /usr/bin/skype: line 4: ”/opt/skype”/skype: No such file or directory

          I seem to be missing something but I can’t figure out what or where it is.

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          • Hi Brentley3,

            Could you post output of following commands:

            
            cat /usr/bin/skype
            
            ls -la /opt/skype
            
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            • I found my error. I’ve got it up and running now. Thanks for the assistance.

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              • Hi Brentley3, I got similar problem as yours. Mind to share what you did to fix it ?
                Thanks

                Reply
                • nvm. my error msg is about Segmentation Fault.
                  Running on centos 6.3

                  Reply
                  • Hi Evan,

                    Could you post full error message and output of following commands:

                    
                    cat /usr/bin/skype
                     
                    ls -la /opt/skype
                    
                    Reply
                    • Hi JR, below are the output:

                      [[email protected] dev]# cat /usr/bin/skype
                      #!/bin/sh
                      export SKYPE_HOME=”/opt/skype”
                      $SKYPE_HOME/skype –resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*
                      [[email protected] dev]#
                      [[email protected] dev]# ls -la /opt/skype
                      total 28100
                      drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Jan 21 12:28 .
                      drwxr-xr-x. 7 root root 4096 Jan 21 12:28 ..
                      drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Nov 1 04:21 avatars
                      drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Nov 1 04:21 icons
                      drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Nov 1 04:21 lang
                      -rw-r–r– 1 root root 33513 Nov 1 04:21 LICENSE
                      -rw-r–r– 1 root root 5352 Nov 1 04:21 README
                      -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 28687700 Nov 1 04:21 skype
                      -rw-r–r– 1 root root 453 Nov 1 04:21 skype.conf
                      -rw-r–r– 1 root root 223 Nov 1 04:21 skype.desktop
                      drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Nov 1 04:21 sounds
                      -rw-r–r– 1 root root 7128 Nov 1 04:21 third-party_attributions.txt
                      [[email protected] dev]# skype
                      /usr/bin/skype: line 3: 11895 Segmentation fault (core dumped) $SKYPE_HOME/skype –resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*
                      [[email protected] dev]#

                      Reply
                      • What version of Skype you are installing?

                      • I am trying to install skype 4.1
                        Currently already have 4.0 installed.

                      • Sorry, but Skype 4.1 won’t work on CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 6, because Skype 4.1 requires Qt 4.7 and Enterprise Linux 6 have only 4.6.

                        Skype 4.0 works flawlessly on Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL/CentOS/SL), so that’s why this guide uses Skype 4.0 for EL6.

                      • Ah I see… Thanks a lot JR for your assistance :D

                      • You are very welcome!

                        In theory, you can install newer Qt on EL 6 (example compiling from sources), but it’s definitely not worth the effort. :)

      • Hi Gilberto,

        The current version of Skype 4.1 (and 4.0) won’t work on CentOS 5. You can download an older, static version of Skype (2.1) which should work on CentOS 5 from here.

        Reply
        • Okayyy, thank you very much. Will try the older version of Skype and let you guys know if it worked :)

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    8. Yaaayyyyy, guys! Skype_static 2.1 started successful on CentOS 5.2 Server with the new instructions of “JR”. Thanks again! (Y)

      Reply
      • You are welcome, Skype 2.1 is little bit oldish, but works anyway. :)

        Reply
    9. I am using RHEL 6 (64bit).

      when i run skype i got this error “/opt/skype/skype: error while loading shared libraries: libQtisWebKit.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory”

      Please help me to get out this.

      Reply
      • Hi Bimal,

        Did you installed Skype 4.0 version?

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        • I am install skype-4.1.0.20.

          Reply
          • It won’t work on RHEL 6, because Skype 4.1 requires Qt 4.7 and Enterprise Linux 6 have only 4.6.

            Skype 4.0 works on Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL/CentOS/SL), so that’s why this guide uses Skype 4.0 for EL6.

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            • I am update it.Now “/opt/skype/skype: error while loading shared libraries: libQtisWebKit.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory” is error not come. Now I get the error “/usr/bin/skype: line 3: 22685 Illegal instruction $SKYPE_HOME/skype –resources=$SKYPE_HOME$*”.
              Thanks for supporting.
              Actually I want video chat. In version 4.0 I am not able to do video chat.
              For this reason I am update it 4.1

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    10. Works fine! – Thank you!

      Reply
    11. # ls -la /opt/skype
      total 39068
      drwxr-xr-x. 6 root root 4096 Nov 9 16:40 .
      drwxr-xr-x. 5 root root 4096 Nov 9 15:43 ..
      drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Jul 13 14:13 avatars
      drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Jul 13 14:13 icons
      drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Jul 13 14:13 lang
      -rw-r–r–. 1 root root 33513 Jul 13 14:13 LICENSE
      -rw-r–r–. 1 root root 5246 Jul 13 14:13 README
      -rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 39916000 Jul 13 14:13 skype
      -rw-r–r–. 1 root root 453 Jul 13 14:13 skype.conf
      -rw-r–r–. 1 root root 161 Jul 13 14:13 skype.desktop
      drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Jul 13 14:13 sounds
      -rw-r–r–. 1 root root 7128 Jul 13 14:13 third-party_attributions.txt
      [[email protected] ~]# skype
      /usr/bin/skype: line 1: !/bin/sh: No such file or directory
      /usr/bin/skype: line 3: ”/opt/skype”/skype: No such file or directory

      Reply
      • Hi chandrakant,

        Could you post output of following commands:

        
        cat /usr/bin/skype
        
        env |grep PATH
        
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    12. [[email protected] ~]# cat /usr/bin/skype
      !/bin/sh
      export SKYPE_HOME=”/opt/skype”
      $SKYPE_HOME/skype –resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*
      [[email protected] ~]# env |grep PATH
      PATH=/usr/lib64/qt-3.3/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/root/bin
      WINDOWPATH=1
      QT_PLUGIN_PATH=/root/.kde/lib64/kde4/plugins/:/usr/lib64/kde4/plugins/:/usr/lib/kde4/plugins

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      • Hi again ,

        You need hash before at the beginning of first line:

        
        #!/bin/sh
        
        export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype"
         
        $SKYPE_HOME/skype --resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*
        
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        • [[email protected] ~]# skype
          /usr/bin/skype: line 5: ”/opt/skype”/skype: No such file or directory

          Reply
          • Check your quotation marks, looks like you have some “styled” quotation marks and your SKYPE_HOME is ”/opt/skype” and not /opt/skype which it should be. So write quotation marks again manually, also copying from real code block from here should remove styling if you use example nano, vi etc, this also depends on your browser.

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    13. I am getting this error message when I try to run skype
      /usr/bin/skype: /opt/skype/skype: /lib/ld-linux.so.2: bad ELF interpreter: No such file or directory
      help greatly appreciated

      Reply
      • Hi Keegan,

        Could you post output of following commands:

        
        uname -a
        
        lsb_release -a
        
        rpm -qa glib\* |sort
        
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        • Linux Arctostaphylos.netgear.com 3.6.6-3.fc18.x86_64 #1 SMP Mon Nov 5 16:26:34 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

          LSB Version: :core-4.1-amd64:core-4.1-noarch:cxx-4.1-amd64:cxx-4.1-noarch:desktop-4.1-amd64:desktop-4.1-noarch:languages-4.1-amd64:languages-4.1-noarch:printing-4.1-amd64:printing-4.1-noarch
          Distributor ID: Fedora
          Description: Fedora release 18 (Spherical Cow)
          Release: 18
          Codename: SphericalCow

          glib2-2.34.2-1.fc18.x86_64
          glibc-2.16-20.fc18.x86_64
          glibc-common-2.16-20.fc18.x86_64
          glibmm24-2.34.1-1.fc18.x86_64
          glib-networking-2.34.2-1.fc18.x86_64

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          • Hi Keegan,

            Did you installed 32-bit dependencies succesfully on step 1.2?

            Reply
    14. Please update your

      1.5 Create libtiff.so.4 link on CentOS / Red Hat (RHEL) / Scientific Linux (SL)

      Note: This is not needed on Fedora

      since i’ve fedora and also need to create for below error.

      [[email protected] ~]# skype
      /opt/skype/skype: error while loading shared libraries: libtiff.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

      Thanks a lot finally skype runs.

      Reply
      • Excellent to hear that you got it working!

        I can update this guide, but could you also tell your Fedora version?

        Reply
        • [[email protected] ~]# uname -a
          Linux ckk106 3.3.4-5.fc17.x86_64 #1 SMP Mon May 7 17:29:34 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

          i think above information is sufficient for you.

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          • Thanks! Yes it’s sufficient for me. Once I checked that the latest Fedora versions create that libtiff.so.4 link automatically, but maybe I had it already on my test machine or something, but thanks, I will check this again soon and update guide.

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            • Hi again chandrakant,

              I just checked this guide on clean installed Fedora 17 with all latest updates and there is /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3.9.7 link (created automatically) and Skype runs normally without doing this /usr/lib/libtiff.so.4 link.

              I try to check this in more detail, but some reason I can’t reproduce your error, even if libtiff.so.4 link doesn’t exists.

              Reply
    15. I am new to Linux, and I do not know why when I try to do step 1.6, when adding the contents to text editor, it won’t save because I apparently don’t have permissions to save the file.

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      • Hi Madnessfan,

        You have to save it as root user. You can use command line editors, like Vi, nano, etc. or open Gedit as root user.

        Example:

        
        sudo gedit /usr/bin/skype
        
        ## OR ##
        su -
        gedit /usr/bin/skype
        
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