We have recently explained how to install Teams on Manjaro Linux, and it is still wonderful that we can install Microsoft products on Linux in such an easy and affordable way. That’s why today, continuing with this, you will learn how to install Skype on Manjaro Linux.
What is Skype?
Skype is an application that, thanks to an Internet connection, allows free communication between different users of this program, regardless of where they are in the world. For this, Skype allows us to make video calls, VoIP calls, chat in real-time and other features.
Originally, Skype was not owned by Microsoft, but its potential and ease of use eventually made the giant company turn its eyes to it. Today, it is used by many people all over the world, allowing direct, stable and secure communications almost anywhere.
The only bad thing about Skype is that it has always had a resistance to Linux. Even though nowadays we can install it without too many problems, it is true that the support could be better and more efficient.
Let’s go for it.
Install Skype on Manjaro Linux
We have two main options for installing Skype on Manjaro Linux. The first one is to do it using the AUR formula and the other one is using Snap.
Install Skype using AUR
For this method, we will have to thanks to the AUR formula. So, with it, we can download and convert the Skype package for our system.
First, make sure that you have
sudo pacman -S git
Then, thanks to this tool, clone the formula
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/skypeforlinux-stable-bin.git
This will generate a folder that you need to access
Now build the package for Manjaro Linux
Then, you can install it as follows
sudo pacman -U [package_name]
[package_name] with the full name of the newly created file. For example,
sudo pacman -U skypeforlinux-stable-bin-18.104.22.168-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
All that’s left is to start it from the main menu.
Using Snap to install Skype on Manjaro Linux
Another recommended method is to use Snap. This Canonical technology that we can take advantage of from Manjaro Linux is effortless to use to install Skype.
If you don’t have Snap on your system, then you can install it using this command
sudo pacman -S snapd
Now enable and start the service
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
Next, create a symbolic link to enable the
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snapd/snapd/snap /snap
After this, we can start the installation
sudo snap install skype --classic
After this, you can run it from the main menu.
Uninstall Skype on Manjaro Linux
If you no longer want to use Skype, then it is best to uninstall it. To achieve this, if you have installed it using the package run.
sudo pacman -R sudo pacman -R skypeforlinux-stable-bin
This way, it will no longer be on the system.
On the other hand, if you installed it using snap, just run
sudo snap remove skype
That’s how fast you can do all these processes.
Skype is an important tool in internet communications. We can easily make a video call with friends, family and other people close to us.
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