How to Install Skype on Rocky Linux 8

Skype is a proprietary telecommunications application software 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 Rocky Linux 8 workstation using the command line terminal and optional version build of stable and unstable, along with how to maintain and remove from your system altogether or switch to an alternative Skype version.

Update Rocky Linux

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date. This will ensure no conflicts arise as best as possible during the installation.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Install Skype

Install either the Skype stable or unstable (development) version. Please note you cannot import both repositories as the DNF package manager will automatically choose the highest version available and cannot be installed side-by-side.

Alternatively, you can switch, but you will need to remove the version of Skype installed, then disable the repository and enable the alternative version, for example, unstable, to be installed. Most users should install stable straight off the bat, but those who love living on the edge install the unstable.

Install Skype Stable

Use the following command to create and import the Skype stable repository automatically.

sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/skype-stable.repo<<EOF
[skype-stable]
name=Skype - STABLE
baseurl=https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable/
gpgcheck=1
repo_gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY
EOF

Now install the Skype stable client with the following command.

sudo dnf install skypeforlinux -y

Install Skype Unstable

For most users, installing the unstable or better-known term preview build is not advised, but for those that love to live on the edge, please make sure you have removed skype stable for good practice.

Use the following command to create and import the Skype unstable repository automatically.

sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/skype-unstable.repo<<EOF
[skype-unstable]
name=Skype - UNSTABLE
baseurl=https://repo.skype.com/rpm/unstable/
gpgcheck=1
repo_gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY
EOF

Now install the Skype stable client with the following command.

sudo dnf install skypeforlinux -y

How to Launch Skype

With the installation complete, you can run skype in a few different ways.

First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command:

skype

However, this is not practical for desktop users, and you would use the following path on your desktop.

Activities > Show Applications > Skype

Example (Skype Unstable Installed):

As above, the tutorial installed the preview/unstable build, which has a different icon, so you will know instantly which version you have installed.

Once open, log in or create an account and you can begin to use Skype on your Rocky Linux 8 workstation desktop.

Example:

How to Update Skype

To update, run the DNF update command in your terminal as you would check your entire system for any updates.

sudo dnf update --refresh

Ideally, you should run a terminal update command every so often, even if you have your workstation, to inform you automatically of updates. Sometimes, this method updates can be missed where this command covers all DNF packages.

How to Remove (Uninstall) Skype

To remove Skype, use the following command; remember this is the same command for both stable and unstable versions.

sudo dnf autoremove skypeforlinux -y

Note unused dependencies will also be removed.

Next, use the following command for users who want to remove Skype altogether.

sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/skype*.repo

The above command blank removes all skype repositories. To install an alternative version, as explained at the start of the tutorial, follow the same steps for installation again.

Comments and Conclusion

Skype is a powerful communication tool that has revolutionized the way people talk to one another. It’s easy to use and can be accessed on any device, perfect for personal and business conversations. Skype is here to stay and will continue to be an essential part of our lives with its market leadership.



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