How to install skype on CentOS 6 / RHEL 6

Skype is an essential software for all. To install skype on linux, we need install some additional packages to resolve the dependency problem.  This guide explains you how to install skype on Enterprise linux distributions such as centos linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL ). Unfortunately skype does not provide 64 bit versions application. To resolve this we need to install some additional applications.


Run update and install wget

yum update
yum install wget

Install the dependencies and download the skype for enterprise linux

yum install libXi.so.6 libXss.so.1 libasound.so.2 libXv.so.1 libSM.so.6 libXrender.so.
wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-2.2.0.35-fedora.i586.rpm
yum localinstall --nogpgcheck ./skype-*.rpm

Sometimes skype will not start, the only solution to start the skype is replacing the /usr/bin/skype with the download static skype

wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype_static-2.2.0.35.tar.bz2
tar xvf skype_static-x.x.x.x.tar.bz2
cp skype_static-2.2.0.35/skype /usr/bin/skype
cp: overwrite '/usr/bin/skype' ? Y

Now its clear. You can access the skype from Applicaions -> Internet -> Skype or type skype in your terminal.

Enjoy ! Cheers :)

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