Fedora 23 & Skype

Updated: March 21, 2016

Fedora and I have recently had a breakthrough. We started talking again, and this happened because Gnome 3 decided to become an okay desktop environment that can be used, especially when pimped up with some extra extensions.

In my review, I used some third-party repos, and eventually easyLife, a tool for managing proprietary software under Fedora, to beef up the basic and rather boring installation. We crammed some fresh stuff into the system, including media codecs, GIMP, VLC, and even Steam. The one thing missing was Skype. We shall do that shortly.


Grab the files

The first thing you want to do is get the Fedora RPM package from the official site. Then, you want to satisfy some dependencies, mostly 32-bit packages. I am assuming you are using a 64-bit version of Fedora, which you should in Year 2016. Some of these packages may already be installed, and the names may change in the future.

dnf install libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 pulseaudio-libs-glib2.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686

Then, you want to install the Skype RPM. In the past, with yum, we would use the localinstall command. But this command is deprecated in dnf, so we will just use dnf install instead.

dnf localinstall <skype>.rpm
No such command: localinstall. Please use /bin/dnf --help
It could be a DNF plugin command, try: "dnf install 'dnf-command(localinstall)'"

And so, the right way of doing it:

dnf install <skype>.rpm

Test and enjoy

Once the setup is complete, fire up Skype. With the right extensions in place, you should also have a full system integration, which makes the whole experience even more enjoyable. Faster and simpler than you'd imagine.

Extension, Gnome integration

Integration, prompt

Integration working

Integration, context menu


This is a very quick and happy guide. Simple, hassle-free. To enjoy Skype on top of Fedora, you do not need to do anything too fancy or stringent. Just grab the official RPM, satisfy a few dependencies, and then install the package with dnf. That is all really. Then, using extensions, enrich the experience with a rather cool and awesome system integration.

I hope you find this little tutorial useful. I never imagined using Fedora day in day out, especially not with Gnome. But it is becoming more and more fun, and I can clearly see a Fuduntu moment in the offing. I have always wanted to have Fedora as one of my main systems, but it just never gave me a chance. Take a chance on me! Aha. Now, though, things are looking so much brighter. One more obstacle cleared. Next please.