How To Install Skype on openSUSE

Install Skype on openSUSE

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Skype on openSUSE. Skype, a popular communication platform, allows users to make voice and video calls, send instant messages, and share files with others.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Skype video chat and voice call services on openSUSE.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: openSUSE.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • You will need access to the terminal to execute commands. openSUSE provides the Terminal application for this purpose. It can be found in your Applications menu.
  • You’ll need an active internet connection to download Skype and its dependencies.
  • You’ll need administrative (root) access or a user account with sudo privileges.

Install Skype on openSUSE

Step 1. Starting with an updated system is a best practice in Linux administration. It ensures that all software packages are up-to-date, minimizing potential security vulnerabilities. To update your openSUSE system, open the terminal and execute the following commands:

sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper update

Step 2. Installing Snapd.

  • Method 1: Installing Skype via Snap.

Snap is a package management system developed by Canonical. It allows you to install self-contained applications (snaps) that run in a sandbox with limited access to your system. Skype is available as a snap package.

Snapd is the service that runs and manages snaps. To install it, open a terminal and run the following command:

sudo zypper addrepo --refresh snappy
sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys refresh
sudo zypper dup --from snappy
sudo zypper install snapd

After installation, enable the snapd service with this command:

sudo systemctl enable --now snapd

Step 3. Installing Skype on openSUSE.

With snapd installed, you can now install Skype. Run the following command:

sudo snap install skype --classic

The --classic option is necessary because Skype requires access to system resources outside of its sandbox.

  • Method 2: Installing Skype via the Official Skype Repository.

If you prefer not to use snaps, you can install Skype from the official Skype repository.

First, download the Skype RPM package for openSUSE from the official Skype website. You can do this with the wget command:


Once the download is complete, install the RPM with zypper:

sudo zypper install skypeforlinux-64.rpm

Step 4. Launch Skype on openSUSE.

You can start Skype from the command line by typing skype and pressing Enter. Alternatively, you can find it in your system’s application menu.

Install Skype on openSUSE

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Skype. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Skype video chat and voice call services on your openSUSE system. For additional or useful information, we recommend you check the official Skype website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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