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Skype is a popular applications for communication via Text, Audio and Video. You can do free audio and video calls online. Using Skype you can call international mobiles and landlines worldwide at affordable price. Now, Skype has its free version for Linux and Android operating systems.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Open Source Software Installation tasks on any Linux distribution such as Ubuntu, Debian and CentOS.

In this context, we shall look into how to install Skype on CentOS systems.


How to Install Skype on CentOS ?

Before proceeding with this Installation procedure, ensure that you are using a user account with sudo privileges.

Skype is not an open source application and it is not available in the CentOS repositories.

Follow below steps to install Skype application on your CentOS desktop.

1. Start by downloading the latest Skype .rpm package using below command:

$ wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.rpm

2. Once the download is completed you need to install Skype by executing below command:

$ sudo yum localinstall ./skypeforlinux-64.rpm

Now, Skype is ready to use on your system. 

3. Start it by command line by typing skypeforlinux or you can open it from GUI by clicking on Applications -> Internet -> Skype and search by typing Skype and click on Skype icon.

$ skypeforlinux


How to Update Skype on CentOS ?

Once you are installing Skype on your system, by default the official Skype repository will be added to your system. You also can verify that file content is there or not by running the command:

$ sudo cat /etc/yum.repos.d/skype-stable.repo

It should output as below:

Output
[skype-stable]
name=skype (stable)
baseurl=https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable/
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY

This files content means that your Skype will be updated automatically when a new version is released.


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