Install skpye 4.3 on Lunix

Skepe is Open source application for calling over internet. In this article we will guide you to Install skpye 4.3 on Lunix.

Skype calls & messages are completely FREE. Skype to Landlines and mobile phones low calling rate compare with mobile phones due to this skype is really popular among the internet user and corporate offices.

Skype announced new release of Skype 4.3 for Linux on June 18th 2014. It can be installed on any windows, linux, mac OS. Skype is acquired by Microsoft Corporation now and they are doing new development for skype application.

New 4.3 skype has following features:

  • An updated UI
  • Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience
  • More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once
  • Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users
  • PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support
  • Lot of bug fixes

Install skpye 4.3 on Lunix

Install Required Repositories

# For CentOS, RHEL, SL & Fedora 21 & other linux Systems #
# yum install qtwebkit

Following list of packages should be install on your OS.

# Install the necessary packages #
# yum install alsa-lib libXv libXScrnSaver gtk2-engines PackageKit-gtk-module libcanberra libcanberra-gtk2

# Install the necessary audio packages #
# yum install pulseaudio-libs alsa-plugins-pulseaudio<

# Install the necessary video package #
# yum install libv4l

Download skype ZIP file

Use the below command to download the skype 4.3 archive file.

# wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2
# tar -jxvf skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2

Create Launcher

For accessing the installed software on your system globally, you need to create the launcher file to /usr/bin/skyp and give executable permission then add the below script in that file. Save + Exit.

# touch /usr/bin/skype
# chmod 755 /usr/bin/skype

# Add Launcher script #
# nano /usr/bin/skype

#!/bin/sh
export SKYPE_HOME="/opt/skype-4.3.0.37"
$SKYPE_HOME/skype --resources=$SKYPE_HOME $*

We need to create below list of Symbolic Links.

# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/icons/skype.png
# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/icons/SkypeBlue_48x48.png /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png
# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/skype.desktop /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/sounds/ /usr/share/sounds/
# ln -s /opt/skype-4.3.0.37/lang/ /usr/share/lang/

Use the below command to launch the skype from command line.

# skype

Congratulations, you installed skype 4.3 version to your linux OS. Now we can start using skype on our linux systems.

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