Skype native client available in Ubuntu partner repository sucks? Try this unofficial client based on Skype Web version. .
Microsoft provides a web version of Skype allows users to chat and call friends using a web browser. For Linux, you can run the Skype Web as a desktop application (without browser) via an open source program called skype-unofficial-client.
The project is created two days ago. It’s built on top of node webkit and uses system’s notification.
How to install:
This software works on all Ubuntu releases and other Linux. Just open terminal from the Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys.
When it opens, run below commands one by one:
1. Download the source:
git clone https://github.com/haskellcamargo/skype-unofficial-client.git
2. Navigate to the source folder in some terminal via:
3. Depends on your OS type, check out top-right corner shutdown menu -> About Computer, select run:
For 32-bit OS run:
sudo make linux_x86
For 64-bit OS run:
sudo make linux_x64
You can now launch it from main menu or via
/opt/skype_unofficial_client/skype command. And remove the source folder in your home folder to clean up.
(Optional) To remove this unofficial client, just run below commands to remove the installation files:
sudo rm -R /opt/skype_unofficial_client/ sudo rm /usr/share/applications/Skype.desktop sudo rm /usr/bin/skype-desktop
audio and video call are not suported in your OS (Ubuntu 15.04).
So his skype version is useless !
It’s the microsoft web version, there is no “his” version.. Audio and Video aren’t supported on any Linux distro.. Which probably explains why I use Hangouts for all video calls.
Based on the web version?? It is the web version! You can do the exact same thing by creating an application short-cut in chrome browser!
Removed immediately after install.. Adds nothing simply creating an application short-cut in Chrome doesn’t already do.
Thanks for this, official client really sucks.
+ for “Adds nothing simply creating an application short-cut in Chrome doesn’t already do”
As long as this application has no icon for the tray – it is absolutely useless.
Tried this on Fedora 23;
[[email protected] skype_unofficial_client]$ ./skype
./skype: error while loading shared libraries: libXss.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
[[email protected] skype_unofficial_client]$ pwd
Why does this require the X11 libXss screensaver runtime library? Is it a requirement?
I didn’t read the comments until after I created this… What a pointless article. Take this down and it doesn’t fix anything.
Actually, I like this app based edition of skype web, as chrome usually gives stuttering in other tabs when I open skype web with it.
One real issue is lack of notification support and system tray support. Please add those options.