How To Install Skype 4.3 On Arch Linux And Manjaro

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The latest installation instructions for Skype

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Skype 4.3 has been recently released, coming with a new user interface and improvements for the Skype client. Among others, it got support for cloud-based Group Chat, the file transfer support when using multiple devices at once got enhanced, support for PulseAudio 3.0 and PulseAudio 4.0 has been added while the support for Alsa has been dropped and the accesibility for blind and visually impaired users has been improved.

The latest version available is Skype 4.3, which has been released a while ago.

how to install Skype 4.3 on Arch Linux and Manjaro

In this article I will show you how to install Skype 4.3 on Arch Linux and Manjaro systems.

Follow the instructions for your system and architecture exactly, in order to get a successful installation.

How to install Skype 4.3 on Arch Linux and Manjaro:

Instructions 32 bit systems:

Install the pulseaudio libraries:

$ sudo pacman -S pulseaudio pulseaudio-alsa pavucontrol

Stop and start pulseaudio:

$ sudo pulseaudio -k
$ sudo pulseaudio --start

Install pacman from the default repositories, so that the dependencies get fixed:

$ sudo pacman -S skype

Download Skype 4.3 dynamic and extract the archive:

$ sudo wget download.skype.com/linux/skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2
$ cd skype-4.3.0.37
$ sudo rm skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2

Create the Skype Launcher:

$ sudo cp -r avatars/* /usr/share/skype/
$ sudo cp -r lang/* /usr/share/skype/
$ sudo cp -r sounds/* /usr/share/skype/
$ sudo cp skype /usr/bin/
$ sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/skype

Instructions 64 bit systems:

$ sudo pacman -S pulseaudio pulseaudio-alsa pavucontrol lib32-libpulse

Stop and start pulseaudio:

$ sudo pulseaudio -k
$ sudo pulseaudio --start

Install pacman from the default repositories, so that the dependencies get fixed:

$ sudo pacman -S skype

Download Skype 4.3 dynamic and extract the archive:

$ sudo wget download.skype.com/linux/skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2
$ sudo tar -xjvf skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2
$ cd skype-4.3.0.37
$ sudo rm skype-4.3.0.37.tar.bz2

Create the Skype Launcher:

$ sudo cp -r avatars/* /usr/share/skype/
$ sudo cp -r lang/* /usr/share/skype/
$ sudo cp -r sounds/* /usr/share/skype/
$ sudo cp skype /usr/bin/
$ sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/skype

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6 comments on “How To Install Skype 4.3 On Arch Linux And Manjaro
  1. Mikelinux says:

    I upgraded to version 4.3.0.37 because version 4.2.0.13 was not allowing me to login anymore with the error “Can’t connect”.

    Unfortunately for me after hours of trying I could not get pulseaudio to work on my system, only ALSA is working so I downgraded back to 4.2.0.13

    To solve the login error I spoofed the version number 4.2.0.13 to the latest 4.3.0.37 version and login was working again, problem solved.

    To spoof 4.2.0.13 to version 4.3.0.37, exit Skype and run this command:

    sudo sed -i ‘s/\x34\x2E\x32\x2E\x30\x2E\x31\x33/\x34\x2E\x33\x2E\x30\x2E\x33\x37/g’ /usr/bin/skype

  2. Manjo says:

    I did exactly all the steps (you have omitted an instruction “cd skype-4.3.0.37” before your text “Create the Skype Launcher”).
    But Skype does not starts and as usual with skype-4.3.0.37, when starting from CLI, there is a message:
    $ skype
    interrupted

  3. Manjo says:

    I have just found that skype 4.3 uses SSE2 and my CPU does not serve this instruction, so it is probably the real issue šŸ™
    Here are last lines resulted from command:
    objdump -d /usr/lib/skype/skype
    where you can see that skype 4.3 uses SSE2
    http://pastebin.com/zKbu6CG9

    Now a questions to Mikelinux:
    – Are you using the last version of Skype 4.2.0.13-4 or else ?
    – I tried to spoofed the version number 4.2.0.13 but there is some strange result (error?) and I can not login. Can you check it?

    $ sudo sed -i ā€˜s/\x34\x2E\x32\x2E\x30\x2E\x31\x33/\x34\x2E\x33\x2E\x30\x2E\x33\x37/gā€™ /usr/bin/skype
    sed: e expression # 1, question 1: unknown command: `ļæ½’

  4. jason says:

    all you have to do is:

    $ sudo pacman -S pulseaudio pulseaudio-alsa pavucontrol lib32-libpulse

    and:

    yaourt -S skype! and voila! skype up to date

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