Skype is a popular communication platform allowing users to make voice and video calls, send instant messages, and share files. It is available for many devices, including desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, and tablets. Skype is a convenient way to stay in touch with friends, family, and colleagues located down the street or on the other side of the world. It benefits international calls, offering competitive rates and high-quality audio and video. In addition to its core communication features, Skype provides a range of tools for group collaboration, including the ability to share screens and work on documents in real time.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Skype on a Fedora 37 or 36 Linux desktop 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.
Step 1. Update Fedora
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
Step 2. Install Skype
The installation is straightforward, but you can install two versions. Still, most users should install the stable version as it will be immediately updated when a new release is out, given you are using the Skype RPM.
Please note you can only install one version simultaneously using these methods.
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
Installing the unstable or better-known term preview build is not advised for most users, but for curious users who prefer to test out developer builds, this version may suit you better than stable.
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 unstable client with the following command.
sudo dnf install skypeforlinux -y
Step 3. How to Launch Skype
With the installation complete, you can skype in a few different ways.
First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command:
Most desktop users would use the following path to launch the application.
Activities > Show Applications > Skype
As mentioned 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 Fedora workstation desktop.
Step 4. Additional Commands & Tips
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 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.
The tutorial has demonstrated how to install the stable or preview version of Skype using its RPM so you will always have the latest version. As the introduction explains, Skype has many features that make it worthwhile, especially if you have family, friends, or even business colleagues spread across the globe on multiple operating systems. It is often a popular choice among the many options available.