How to Install Skype 8.13 on CentOS, RHEL and Fedora

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.

Read Also: How to Install Skype 8.13 on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint

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.

Launch Skype in CentOS 7

Launch Skype in CentOS 7

To start Skype from command line, open a console and type skypeforlinux in Terminal.

# skypeforlinux
Start Skype in CentOS 7

Start Skype in CentOS 7

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.

Skype for Linux

Skype for Linux

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28 Responses

  1. Jalal says:

    Hi,
    Thanks a lot

  2. Renato says:

    Worked like a charm. You rock. Thank you.

  3. Works on RHEL 6.5. Thanks. Would like to have minimal cost-components presented when making any payments. E.g. would like to see which compoents would be needed to achieve in- and outgoing calls.

  4. Tar says:

    Great! Thank you. I am also running RHEL 6.2 32-bit.

  5. Edgar says:

    Hi Ravi,

    after install my computer with Fedora 20, I follow this steps that always work for my even with linux 64 bits, but fedora give me this error:

    /usr/bin/skype: line 4: 3600 Illegal instruction (core dumped) $SKYPE_HOME/skype –resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*

    can you help me, thanks

    • Ravi Saive says:

      Add following lines to the file /usr/bin/skype.

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

      Save file and run the skype command again.

      • Edgar says:

        thanks for the replay Ravi it didn’t work, look I did:

        I didn’t Create symbolic link to libtiff.so.4 library, because I didn’t found the libtiff.so.3 file, but the libtiff.so.4 file exists, so I didn’t do this step

        $ ls /usr/lib/libtiff.so.
        libtiff.so.4 libtiff.so.5 libtiff.so.5.2.0

        and I did all the symbolic links

        $ sudo ln -s /opt/skype/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/icons/skype.png
        $ sudo ln -s /opt/skype/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png
        $ sudo ln -s /opt/skype/sounds/ /usr/share/sounds/
        $ sudo ln -s /opt/skype/lang/ /usr/share/lang/
        $ sudo ln -s /opt/skype/skype.desktop /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop

        created and modify the permisions for the file /usr/bin/skype

        $ sudo ls -la /usr/bin/skype
        -rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 87 Dec 27 07:47 /usr/bin/skype

        edited the /usr/bin/skype file and add the lines you ask me to

        #!/bin/sh
        export SKYPE_HOME=”/opt/skype”
        $SKYPE_HOME/skype –resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*

        Saved this file and run the skype command again

        and this the new error

        $ skype
        /usr/bin/skype: line 3: 29127 Illegal instruction (core dumped) $SKYPE_HOME/skype –resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*

        thanks for your help again!

  6. Luis says:

    Thanks a lot man!

  7. Edgar says:

    Hi Ravi,

    thanks for all the tips you share with us!

    Edgar García Santoyo

  8. Dile says:

    Perfect .. thanks a lot

  9. Worked great on centos 6.4

  10. Shiryunet says:

    Worked great on Red Hat 6.4 Enterprise

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