How to Install Skype on Fedora 34 / 35

Skype is a proprietary telecommunications application software that is owned and developed by Microsoft. Skype is one of the most known and recognized software for video, audio, and text communication app available across multiple platforms. For the most part, free to download and use, Skype is an excellent tool for keeping in touch with friends or working remotely with colleagues.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Skype on Fedora.

Prerequisites

  • Recommended OS: Fedora Linux 34 / 35 (Older versions will work also)
  • User account: A user account with sudo or root access.

Updating Operating System

Update your Fedora operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Install Dependency Required

Before you proceed to the installation of Skype, run the following command to install or check that the package dnf-plugins-core is installed on your Fedora desktop.

sudo dnf install dnf-plugins-core -y

Method 1. Install Skype from RPM

The first step in installing Skype on your Fedora desktop is to open your terminal window and add the following:

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable/skype-stable.repo

Example output:

Adding repo from: https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable/skype-stable.repo

You should receive the following output that informs you the repository has been successfully added to your system. However, for those that would like to check, run the following command:

dnf repolist

Example output:

How to Install Skype on Fedora 34 / 35

Now that you have successfully installed the RPM repository, it is time to run the installation command:

sudo dnf install skypeforlinux

Example output:

How to Install Skype on Fedora 34 / 35

Type “Y,” then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the installation.

Note, a prompt will appear advising you to import the GPG key which is required to complete the installation:

Example:

How to Install Skype on Fedora 34 / 35

Type “Y,” then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the installation and completion.

Once the installation is complete, you should see the following end output:

Installed:
skype 8.77.0.90 from Skype✓ installed

Method 2. Install Skype with Flatpack

The second option is to install Skype with Flatpack that is default installed on your Fedora system. This method is quite popular as well with Fedora users.

First, you need to enable Flatpack for Fedora using the following command in your terminal:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Next, install Skype using Flatpack as follows:

flatpak install flathub com.skype.Client

Example output:

How to Install Skype on Fedora 34 / 35

Type “Y,” then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the installation.

Updates are handled by Flatpack automatically every time you log into your system. However, if you need to remove the Flatpack version of Skype, run the following command:

sudo flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.skype.Client

Example output:

How to Install Skype on Fedora 34 / 35

Type “Y,” then press the “ENTER KEY” to remove Skype using Flatpack.

Method 3. Install Skype as a Snap Package

Skype can be installed through the snap package feature that can be installed on Fedora. This is not as popular as other methods. Still, for users who are using Snaps or are interested in using them on Fedora, you can use the following to install Skype on your desktop.

First, install snapd on your Fedora operating system:

sudo dnf install snapd

Example output:

How to Install Skype on Fedora 34 / 35

Type “Y,” then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the installation.

Once Snap is installed, it is highly recommended to log out and back in again or restart your system to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.

sudo reboot

After logging out or restarting your system, If you installed Snap for the first time, it is advised to install the core files to avoid conflicting issues:

sudo snap install core

Example output:

core 16-2.51.7 from Canonical✓ installed

Next, enter the following snap command to install the Skype client:

sudo snap install skype

Example output:

skype 8.77.0.90 from Skype✓ installed

Snap packages are more significant in size than traditional repositories through the DNF package manager for several reasons. However, the trade-off is more straightforward maintained packages that are often updated to the latest available version.

For the future, to update Skype and any other packages installed by Snap, run the following command:

sudo snap refresh

If you no longer need to have Skype installed, remove it using the Snap remove command.

sudo snap remove skype

Example output:

skype removed

How to Launch Skype

In your terminal, you can open Skype using the following command:

skypeforlinux

Alternatively, run the Skypeforlinux & command in the background to free up the terminal:

skypeforlinux &

Flatpak users will need to run the flatpak run command to launch the Skype client from the terminal.

flatpak run com.skype.Client

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your Fedora desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > Skype. If you cannot find it, use the search function in the Show Applications menu if you have many applications installed.

Example:

How to Install Skype on Fedora 34 / 35

Note, you may need to use skype instead of skypeforlinux if you installed a package manager like Snap to launch applications through terminals.

The first time you open Skype, you will be greeted by the following:

How to Install Skype on Fedora 34 / 35

Please create a new account, or use your existing account to sign in, and that is it. Skype has been successfully installed on your desktop.

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Skype on Fedora. Overall, Skype allows you to make both video and voice calls to your personal and business contacts. Skype can be a valuable tool amongst many for conversations amongst teams and is still today a leading marketplace contender.



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