How to Install Skype on Rocky Linux EL9 or EL8


Skype is a popular communication tool that allows users to make voice and video calls and send instant messages, files, and images. It can be installed on various operating systems, including Rocky Linux. By installing Skype on Rocky Linux, users can stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues from anywhere in the world.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Cost-effective long-distance and international calling
  • High-quality voice and video calls
  • Group call and instant messaging capabilities
  • Screen-sharing and file-sharing options
  • Integration with other Microsoft products, such as Outlook and Office

Features:

  • Make voice and video calls
  • Send instant messages, files, and images
  • Cost-effective long-distance and international calling
  • High-quality voice and video calls
  • Group call and instant messaging capabilities
  • Screen-sharing and file-sharing options
  • Integration with other Microsoft products, such as Outlook and Office

This tutorial aims to guide you through installing Skype on your Rocky Linux 9 or 8 desktop, utilizing the command line terminal. You will learn how to install both stable and unstable versions of Skype and manage and remove the application from your system or switch to an alternative version of Skype.

Step 1. Update Rocky Linux

Before installing Skype, it is recommended to update your system to ensure all packages are current, which will help prevent any potential conflicts during the installation of Skype.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

Step 2. Install Skype

Installing Skype on Rocky Linux is a simple process, but it’s worth noting that two versions are available: stable and unstable. While the unstable version may offer some additional features, it’s generally recommended that most users opt for the stable version, as it is updated automatically with new releases when using the Skype RPM. However, it’s important to remember that only one version of Skype can be installed on your system at any given time using these methods.

Skype Stable

The following command can automatically create and import the stable repository for Skype.

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

You may now install the Skype client’s stable version using the following command.

sudo dnf install skypeforlinux -y

Skype Unstable

It is worth noting that installing the unstable or preview build version of Skype is not typically recommended for the average user. However, for those curious who prefer to test developer builds, this version may be better than the stable version. You can use the following command to create and import the unstable repository for Skype 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

You may install the unstable version of the Skype client using the following command.

sudo dnf install skypeforlinux -y

Step 3. How to Launch Skype

With the installation of Skype now complete, there are various ways in which you can access and use the application. One option is to launch Skype directly from the command line terminal using the following command.

skype

For most users, the most common method to launch the Skype application would be using the following file path. This path is typically used to access and launch applications on a desktop environment.

Activities > Show Applications > Skype

Example:

After successfully launching Skype, you will be prompted to either log in with an existing account or create a new one. Once you have logged in or created an account, you can use Skype on your Rocky Linux workstation desktop. This includes making calls, sending messages, sharing files, and more.

Example:

Additional Commands & Tips

How to Update Skype

To ensure that you have the latest version of Skype installed on your system, you can use the DNF update command in the terminal, just as you would when checking for updates for your entire system. This command will check for any available updates for Skype and prompt you to install them if any are found. It is recommended to run this command regularly to stay up-to-date with the latest features and security fixes.

sudo dnf update --refresh

How to Remove Skype

When you wish to remove Skype from your system, you can use the following command, regardless of whether you have installed the stable or unstable version. This command will thoroughly uninstall the application from your system.

sudo dnf autoremove skypeforlinux -y

For those who wish to completely remove all traces of Skype from their system, including any associated repositories, you can use the following command in the terminal. This will remove Skype and all of its corresponding repositories from your system.

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

Conclusion

In conclusion, installing Skype on a Rocky Linux desktop is a straightforward process that can be done through the command line terminal. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can install the stable version of Skype, recommended for most users, or the unstable version for those who prefer to test developer builds. Additionally, you will learn how to update, remove, and install alternative versions of Skype.

See also
How to Install Visual Studio Code on Rocky Linux EL9 or EL8

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