Skype is a popular software application currently developed by Microsoft that is mainly used for Instant Messaging and for Audio and Video calls and Video conferencing call. Among these functions, Skype can also be used for file sharing, screen sharing and text and voice messaging.
In this guide we’ll cover the process of installing the latest version of Skype (8.13) in CentOS, RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and Fedora distributions.
In order to install Skype in your Linux distribution, first visit Skype official download page at and download the latest available version of the software for Linux in your system by following the download link from browser or use open a Terminal window and grab the package via wget command line utility.
# wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.rpm
After the download completes, proceed with Skype installation process, by opening a console and issue the following command with root privileges, specific for the installed Linux distribution in your machine.
# yum localinstall skypeforlinux-64.rpm [On CentOS/RHEL] # dnf install skypeforlinux-64.rpm [On Fedora 24-27]
Update: On Fedora, you can install Skype from snap tool as shown.
$ sudo dnf install snapd $ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap $ sudo snap install skype --classic
After the installation process completes, start Skype application by navigating to Application Menu -> Internet -> Skype.
To start Skype from command line, open a console and type skypeforlinux in Terminal.
Sign In to Skype with the Microsoft account or hit on Create Account button and follow the steps in order to create a Skype account and freely communicate with your friends, family or co-workers.