Here this tutorial is about to install Skype on Fedora, RHEL, and CentOS Linux distributions. This article is suitable for all users who are using aforementioned distributions on their system, no matters what versions they are running. Let’s check out the ways how you can install Skype on your machine.
What is Skype? How it can be useful?
Skype is one of the most popular application developed and managed by Microsoft, and is mainly used for purposes like audio and video calls, instant messaging, screen sharing, video conferencing, and even making phone calls internationally. Means, the app is loaded with all useful features that help you connect your friends, co-workers and family easily. Let’s find out more of its features:
- HD (High Definition) Audio-Visual Calling: With the help of Skype, you can make crystal clear and HD video calling.
- Call Recording and Subtitles: Allows to record calls and capture special moments, note keys, etc. also, it allows to read live subtitles of words that are spoken.
- Smart Messaging: Offers you to react to any message with various emojis, or @mentions to grab attention.
- Make Phone Calls: Skype even helps to connect with your friends even when they are offline with direct phone calls. It offers various affordable international calling rates for mobiles and landlines.
- Screen Sharing: Not just phone calls or video calls, you can also share presentations,, and any of your screen contents during a call with integrated screen sharing.
- Private Conversations: Offers end to end industry standard encryption to keep your sensitive conversions private.
So, if you are ready to avail these features on your Linux distributions like Fedora, RHEL, and CentOS, then here we discuss all possible approaches to install the app easily.
Installing Skype on Fedora, CentOS and RHEL
Skype is technically not an open-source application, but users can download and install it from Microsoft’s website. Just navigate to Official Website Of Skype to download the latest version of app. For mentioned Linux distributions, we recommend to choose “Get Skype for Linux RPM” and click the button to download RPM package.
Alternatively, start your terminal and download the latest Skype RPM package from official page using wget command:
Next is to install the downloaded package using yum localinstall or dnf localinstall commands respectively on corresponding machines. Just run the appropriate command here:
/* For Fedora Workstation Versions sudo dnf localinstall skypeforlinux-64.rpm /* For RHEL and CentOS Versions sudo yum localinstall skypeforlinux-64.rpm
That’s it. You can now easily access Skype on your machine to make video calls or more. In the meanwhile, check out some more of the methods here to install the app easily on Fedora, RHEL and CentOS.
Install Skype using Flatpak
Skype is also available for Linux computers through Flatpak. The Flatpak package manager is already installed on most of the latest Fedora and CentOS versions. However, the RHEL users can install it by running the command below:
sudo yum install flatpak
After you have successfully installed Flatpak, it’s recommended to add Flathub repository and enable it to install flatpaks easily.
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
In order to take the changes in effect, restart your system, and run the command here to install Skype flatpak version:
flatpak install flathub com.skype.Client
Alternatively, open your browser and navigate to Flathub official page and click on Install button to start installing Skype flatpak automatically.
Now, run the following command to run Skype:
flatpak run com.skype.Client
Install Skype as Snap
Snaps are applications that comes packed with all their dependencies and can easily be used on Linux distributions. To install and enable Snapd on your corresponding systems, follow the guidelines here:
/* For Fedora versions sudo dnf install snapd sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap /* For RHEL versions (RHEL 8) sudo dnf install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm sudo dnf upgrade (RHEL 7) sudo rpm -ivh https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm sudo subscription-manager repos --enable "rhel-*-optional-rpms" --enable "rhel-*-extras-rpms" sudo yum update sudo yum install snapd sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap /* For CentOS versions sudo yum install epel-release sudo yum install snapd sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
After you installed and enabled snap, restart your system to take the changes in effect and run the following command to install Skype snap:
sudo snap install skype
So, we have have successfully installed Skype on Fedora, RHEL and CentOS distributions easily. Just launch the app and login to app using your Microsoft Account to connect with your friends and co-workers easily.
Skype is a very popular option for cross platform users that allows to connect with friends and co-workers easily. Even it’s loaded with tons of features which are being improved day by day. Installing the app on Linux distributions like Fedora, RHEL, and CentOS is quite easy as well through approaches discussed above. Do share this tutorial with your friends. If you have any question, you can click to Visit Our Discussion Board.
Nishant Verma is a senior web developer who love to share his knowledge about Linux, SysAdmin, and more other web handlers. Currently, he loves to write as content contributor for ServoNode.