Package Details: skypeforlinux-preview-bin

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Package Base: skypeforlinux-preview-bin
Description: Skype for Linux - Preview/Insider Version
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Keywords: skype
Licenses: custom
Conflicts: skype, skypeforlinux, skypeforlinux-beta-bin, skypeforlinux-bin, skypeforlinux-stable-bin
Provides: skype, skypeforlinux
Replaces: skypeforlinux-bin
Submitter: bulletmark
Maintainer: bulletmark
Last Packager: bulletmark
Votes: 448
Popularity: 0.83
First Submitted: 2018-01-11 03:54 (UTC)
Last Updated: 2022-04-28 20:55 (UTC)

Pinned Comments

bulletmark commented on 2020-04-30 10:03 (UTC)

To get automatic login, install a package that provides org.freedesktop.secrets, e.g. gnome-keyring.

To get a systray icon, install libappindicator-gtk3. On GNOME, then install

bulletmark commented on 2018-02-15 21:38 (UTC) (edited on 2018-06-07 11:18 (UTC) by bulletmark)

Please don't post here (or on any other AUR packages) about out of date versions. Use the "Flag package out-of-date" link at the top. Also, BEFORE flagging this package out of date please check that it has not already been updated here to the new version.

Note that AUR package skypeforlinux-stable-bin is the version Microsoft release as their "stable" version. AUR package skypeforlinux-preview-bin is the version Microsoft release as their preview version and will always be a later version than the stable version.

Latest Comments

BujuArena commented on 2021-08-21 02:27 (UTC)

Thanks for updating! In my brief testing so far of, the CPU usage is back to normal, for anyone wondering.

BujuArena commented on 2021-08-15 18:10 (UTC)

Thanks, Hi-Angel, for the information, and bulletmark, for the detailed directions! I successfully upgraded Skype by downdating it. Now if anyone knows if the bug has been fixed, please post here. I have notifications enabled and I'll be waiting until the CPU usage issue is fixed. I use Skype for work, so I can't be using 20% CPU all the time just for Skype. If nobody posts, I'll update once in a while and downdate if the issue isn't resolved, and if it is, I'll post here myself.

Hi-Angel commented on 2021-08-15 12:54 (UTC)

@Hi-Angel copy this PKGBUILD for previous version to your helper directory

You probably meant @BujuArena ☺

bulletmark commented on 2021-08-15 10:56 (UTC)

@Hi-Angel copy this PKGBUILD for previous version to your helper directory, e.g. to ~/.cache/yay/skypeforlinux-preview-bin then type makepkg -i. Yes, the new version chews heaps of CPU. Hopefully the skype maintainers will find and fix this asap.

Hi-Angel commented on 2021-08-15 10:30 (UTC)

Is it possible to temporarily switch to the previous version to avoid this regression?

Sure, you just need to download the skypeforlinux-preview-bin manually with git (as opposed to doing that via an AUR helper), and before starting to build the package execute

git checkout HEAD~δ

where δ is a number of how many commits back in time you want to go. You can see commits with git log command or on this page through View changes link.

BujuArena commented on 2021-08-15 04:48 (UTC) (edited on 2021-08-15 04:49 (UTC) by BujuArena)

The latest version uses 20% of my CPU (a full CPU core) constantly. The previous version just before this one (and all other previous versions) did not. Is it possible to temporarily switch to the previous version to avoid this regression?

I have reported this to the devs using the "any problems with this version?" question thing in the program. I'm not sure if they actually read those things, but hopefully they do and take this seriously.

BujuArena commented on 2021-04-11 04:05 (UTC)

Looks like they finally fixed their deb builds, after you've already rebased to RPM:

Better late than never!

BujuArena commented on 2021-04-01 23:59 (UTC)

Thanks so much for being so active in solving this. It's working well here. I appreciate your heroic effort.

bulletmark commented on 2021-03-30 01:41 (UTC) (edited on 2021-03-30 01:41 (UTC) by bulletmark)

I have rebased this package off the RPM package, not the DEB package due to this issue.

bulletmark commented on 2021-03-18 05:03 (UTC)

All, the Skype packaging system is currently broken so the "new update" notification you are seeing in Skype is wrong. Version is still currently the latest available preview/insider package.

bulletmark commented on 2020-11-12 02:41 (UTC)

@Roken, no point posting that comment here. Post it on the skype forums.

Roken commented on 2020-11-12 00:48 (UTC)

xfce4 there's a problem when setting to start hidden (minimised to tray) in that there's a ghost of a window, that can only be dismissed by opening skype from the tray icon and then closing it again.

bulletmark commented on 2020-04-30 10:03 (UTC)

To get automatic login, install a package that provides org.freedesktop.secrets, e.g. gnome-keyring.

To get a systray icon, install libappindicator-gtk3. On GNOME, then install

gamezelda commented on 2020-03-27 10:43 (UTC)

A warning about missing unprivileged_userns_clone is incorrectly printed by the post-install script if the linux-mainline kernel is used. This is because unprivileged_userns_clone is not an official Linux kernel option but an Arch-specific option that matches the official kernel behavior when enabled ( ). So, even though the warning is printed, Skype still works correctly on linux-mainline.

Behem0th commented on 2019-12-05 03:28 (UTC)

fettouhi commented on 2019-10-15 11:56 (UTC)

Does anyone use this package with KDE Plasma 5. For me it hangs at first launch sometimes because the gnome-keyring password login window doesn't appear, so I have to kill the process and launch it again and the keyring login window shows up. This issue has only been present within the last few new relases of skype though. But Skype been a headache with autologin on KDE for years now at it still isn't fixed sadly.

Firechris commented on 2019-09-28 21:22 (UTC)


I found a workaround for my problem. It is not great but at least one way. I have installed nvm (see ). I set it up and used the latest nodejs version, in my case 12.11.0. Then I installed skypeforlinux it worked.

bulletmark commented on 2019-09-26 10:31 (UTC)

@viler80, works for the rest of us ...

viler80 commented on 2019-09-26 09:51 (UTC)

Does not work on 5.3 kernel

mvenghaus commented on 2019-08-28 06:47 (UTC)

@bulletmark .. i use nvm and in my dev env the version is set using my ide .. no idea why my default nvm version was 6.x :)

bulletmark commented on 2019-08-26 10:28 (UTC)

@mvenghaus, how is that possible? nodejs 6.x was from 2016. You mean you never update your system? How did you "change it to 10.x"? when the current Arch nodejs package version is 12.9.0?

mvenghaus commented on 2019-08-26 09:48 (UTC)

Had the same problem with asar. The problem was my old default node version. I was using 6.x .. changed it to 10.x. and everyting works now

bulletmark commented on 2019-08-19 22:59 (UTC)

@lectrode, I have removed the setuid change as per my comment at

bulletmark commented on 2019-08-16 05:12 (UTC)

@ava1ar because it used to be required but it appears that the skype application has been updated to not require it anymore so I have removed gconf from the dependencies.

ava1ar commented on 2019-08-16 03:55 (UTC)

Why does it depends on gconf?

bulletmark commented on 2019-08-07 01:08 (UTC)

@lectrode, thanks. Fixed now with new release.

lectrode commented on 2019-08-06 23:06 (UTC) (edited on 2019-08-19 23:15 (UTC) by lectrode)

(edited) I recently got this error in the log file:

[8636:0804/] The SUID sandbox helper binary was found, but is not configured correctly. Rather than run without sandboxing I'm aborting now.
You need to make sure that /usr/share/skypeforlinux/chrome-sandbox is owned by root and has mode 4755.

The application was attempting to fall back to suid sandboxing (not ideal). Turns out I had mistakenly disabled the more secure sandboxing. The following kernel parameter needs to be set to 1 to enable:

sudo sysctl kernel.unprivileged_userns_clone=1

Thanks @bulletmark for the more secure solution

bulletmark commented on 2019-08-05 03:02 (UTC)

SinClaus, I wrote about this in the commit comment here when I updated the version. Skype starts in the background, regardless of the explicit configuration setting, but then otherwise appears to work normally. I reported the bug via the "Help/Report a Problem" menu function and I urge others to do the same so it appears on their radar.

SinClaus commented on 2019-08-05 02:51 (UTC)

Name : skypeforlinux-preview-bin Version :

Program is started bu there isn't any window on desktop - the program is working in the background only.

berturion commented on 2019-05-23 09:46 (UTC)

@Firechris, I had the exact same problem.

module.exports.createPackage = async function (src, dest) {

SyntaxError: Unexpected token function
    at createScript (vm.js:56:10)
    at Object.runInThisContext (vm.js:97:10)
    at Module._compile (module.js:549:28)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:586:10)
    at Module.load (module.js:494:32)
    at tryModuleLoad (module.js:453:12)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:445:3)
    at Module.require (module.js:504:17)
    at require (internal/module.js:20:19)
    at Object.<anonymous> (/usr/lib/node_modules/asar/bin/asar.js:2:12)
==> ERREUR : Une erreur s’est produite dans package().
Error making: skypeforlinux-preview-bin

I uninstalled nodejs-lts-boron and installed nodejs. Then yay -S skypeforlinux-preview-bin worked.

Should the package nodejs be a dependency ?

Firechris commented on 2019-04-10 05:32 (UTC)

@bulletmark: Thanks for answering.

My system is up-to-date. I have no custom asar package install, afaik. My version asar:

$ pacman -Q --info asar Name : asar Version : 1.0.0-1 Beschreibung : Creating Electron app packages Architektur : any URL : Lizenzen : MIT Gruppen : Nichts Stellt bereit : Nichts Hängt ab von : nodejs Optionale Abhängigkeiten : Nichts Benötigt von : Nichts Optional für : Nichts In Konflikt mit : Nichts Ersetzt : Nichts Installationsgröße : 1150,00 KiB Packer : Nicola Squartini Erstellt am : So 10 Mär 2019 09:19:01 CET Installiert am : Mi 10 Apr 2019 07:29:01 CEST Installationsgrund : Installiert als Abhängigkeit für ein anderes Paket Installations-Skript : Nein Verifiziert durch : Signatur

bulletmark commented on 2019-04-09 22:28 (UTC)

@Firechris, you say "there is a problem with asar.js on my machine" Have you installed a custom asar package? What version asar package do you have? Is your system up to date? etc.

Firechris commented on 2019-04-09 15:54 (UTC) (edited on 2019-04-09 15:55 (UTC) by Firechris)

I tried to install this package but it seems there is a problem with asar.js on my machine, see

/usr/lib/node_modules/asar/lib/asar.js:46 .then(([filenames, metadata]) => module.exports.createPackageFromFiles(src, dest, filenames, metadata, options)) ^

SyntaxError: Unexpected token [

Fuller log:

==> Von skypeforlinux-preview-bin benötigt: - gtk3 (bereits installiert) - libxss (bereits installiert) - gconf (bereits installiert) - alsa-lib (bereits installiert) - libxtst (bereits installiert) - libsecret (bereits installiert) - nss (bereits installiert) - glibc>=2.28-4 (bereits installiert) - asar (bereits installiert) [makedepend]

==> Mit dem Erstellen von skypeforlinux-preview-bin fortfahren?[J/n] ==> ---------------------------------------------------------------- ==> ==> Erstelle und installiere Paket ==> Erstelle Paket: skypeforlinux-preview-bin (Di 09 Apr 2019 17:48:38 CEST) ==> Prüfe Laufzeit-Abhängigkeiten... ==> Prüfe Buildtime-Abhängigkeiten... ==> Empfange Quellen... -> Lade skypeforlinux_8.43.76.38_amd64.deb herunter... % Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed 100 70.0M 100 70.0M 0 0 8987k 0 0:00:07 0:00:07 --:--:-- 9094k ==> Überprüfe source Dateien mit sha256sums... skypeforlinux_8.43.76.38_amd64.deb ... Durchgelaufen ==> Entpacke Quellen... -> Entpacke skypeforlinux_8.43.76.38_amd64.deb mit bsdtar ==> Betrete fakeroot Umgebung... ==> Beginne package()... /usr/lib/node_modules/asar/lib/asar.js:46 .then(([filenames, metadata]) => module.exports.createPackageFromFiles(src, dest, filenames, metadata, options)) ^

SyntaxError: Unexpected token [ at exports.runInThisContext (vm.js:53:16) at Module._compile (module.js:387:25) at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:422:10) at Module.load (module.js:357:32) at Function.Module._load (module.js:314:12) at Module.require (module.js:367:17) at require (internal/module.js:16:19) at Object.<anonymous> (/usr/lib/node_modules/asar/bin/asar.js:2:12) at Module._compile (module.js:413:34) at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:422:10) ==> FEHLER: Ein Fehler geschah in package(). Breche ab... ==> FEHLER:Makepkg konnte skypeforlinux-preview-bin nicht erstellen. ==> Erstellen von skypeforlinux-preview-bin neu starten?[j/N] ==> ---------------------------------------------------------

fettouhi commented on 2019-04-07 14:14 (UTC)

The last couple of version of Skype hang for me when I try to close the app completely via try (on KDE). Anybody else noticed that?

bulletmark commented on 2019-03-22 22:22 (UTC) (edited on 2019-03-22 22:23 (UTC) by bulletmark)

@eazolotov, the high CPU usage since 3.32 is not to do with skype. It is due to the Topicons related extensions as stated all over the Arch and other forums, bugtrackers, reddit, etc. You have to disable that extension until a fix appears.

eazolotov commented on 2019-03-22 15:57 (UTC)

hmmm...high cpu usage after update gnome 3.32(

ant commented on 2019-02-07 12:28 (UTC)

This works for me in up-to-date Arch ATTOW. On the contrary the stable version crashes silently during login.

RunAndTumble commented on 2018-12-09 20:30 (UTC)

Hey Folks,

For some reason I can't update my skype status (I'm using Arch + Mate). It stopped working a few releases ago, now I can only see the list of statuses, however, all of them are inactive. Any ideas?

bulletmark commented on 2018-11-08 23:37 (UTC)

@balwierz, yes sorry I didn't realise the small asar package pulled in nodejs because it was already installed on my system. That is definitely a valid complaint but there is no other way to extract + repack the asar file unfortunately. It's a messy and deficient hack anyhow so hopefully Microsoft will fix this properly.

balwierz commented on 2018-11-08 16:13 (UTC)

Thank you for replacing systray icons with larger ones. Finally the icon looks OK. I had even reported the icon problem to Microsoft. I don't think they care.

Just wondering if it was worth additional 53.61 MiB of disk space and a new asar (as well as node.js) build-time dependencies.

nperry commented on 2018-09-25 06:39 (UTC)

Just wanted to say you're the quickest I've ever seen an AUR flagged out of date to being update. Thanks :)

bulletmark commented on 2018-08-16 21:55 (UTC)

@taolin96, yes I was just waiting a few hours for all mirrors to update then I will update the package.

taolin96 commented on 2018-08-16 21:52 (UTC)

the problematic glibc 2.28 commit is now reverted in the arch glibc package, so I think you can drop the glibc 2.27 hack for this package

Hi-Angel commented on 2018-08-11 18:26 (UTC)

Ok, I created the poll to make Skype to use GStreamer

Marcel_K commented on 2018-08-11 11:25 (UTC)

That fix is still in [testing], [core] is still at 2.28-1.

totsilence commented on 2018-08-11 08:33 (UTC)

I believe the problematic glibc 2.28 commit is now reverted in the arch glibc package, so I think you can drop the glibc 2.27 hack for this package.

Hi-Angel commented on 2018-08-10 20:33 (UTC)

I'll just leave it here, so linux users could spawn bunch of crazy ideas, such as using VAAPI and gstreamer :Ь

bulletmark commented on 2018-08-08 01:18 (UTC)

Guys, I just released which is hacked to include it's own private copy of glibc 2.27 until this bug is fixed.

maofree commented on 2018-08-07 17:58 (UTC)

@Marcel_K ok thanks but on that forum I cannot reply to them due a bug of that site, I cannot use my microsoft's account each time a return on the login page.

I hope you can alert them about this problem present also into archlinux


maofree commented on 2018-08-07 17:58 (UTC)

@Marcel_K ok thanks but on that forum I cannot reply to them due a bug of that site, I cannot use my microsoft's account each time a return on the login page.

I hope you can alert them about this problem present also into archlinux


Marcel_K commented on 2018-08-06 22:05 (UTC)

@maofree and others: before posting about Skype no longer working after an update, please read other comments first. It is already noted that after upgrading glibc to 2.28 Skype segfaults. The issue is reported in the Microsoft forums, have a look at

maofree commented on 2018-08-06 21:06 (UTC)

Hi today after a big update of archlinux this plugin and its stable version does not work anymore. I think it is due from the updating of many python packages. can you check please? the current version of this plugin is the


vltr commented on 2018-08-02 14:33 (UTC)

@Hi-Angel agreed, thanks for the link. I'll report it there ;)

Hi-Angel commented on 2018-08-02 14:31 (UTC)

@vltr, @ava1ar ok, I imagine it would be more correct to report to official Skype forum¹, I remember devs were replying there.


vltr commented on 2018-08-02 14:24 (UTC) (edited on 2018-08-02 14:24 (UTC) by vltr)

@Hi-Angel it gives a seg fault, exactly like @ava1ar described (after upgrading glibc and etc).

Here's the output (without gdb):

$ /usr/share/skypeforlinux/skypeforlinux [1] 27486 segmentation fault (core dumped) /usr/share/skypeforlinux/skypeforlinux

And here's the output of gdb after the run command:

Starting program: /usr/share/skypeforlinux/skypeforlinux [Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled] Using host libthread_db library "/usr/lib/".

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault. 0x0000000000d20020 in ?? ()

I hope this helps :)

Hi-Angel commented on 2018-08-02 14:15 (UTC)

@ava1ar does it not start, or what? Do you see any useful output in terminal?

ava1ar commented on 2018-08-02 11:45 (UTC)

Upgrading to glibc 2.28 breaks this package and stable version as well...

crem commented on 2018-07-22 16:00 (UTC) (edited on 2018-07-22 16:01 (UTC) by crem)

@mxfm I started having this too. Downgraded to skypeforlinux-stable-bin.

mxfm commented on 2018-07-22 04:53 (UTC)

After update to version ( skype is restarted when I press video chat button or when I reply to video chat request. Does anyone experience this kind of bug?

enihcam commented on 2018-06-09 01:35 (UTC)

Since Skype is gtk3 based already, how come it run-time depends on gconf? Is it just makedepend?

oberon2007 commented on 2018-05-15 21:48 (UTC)

@bulletmark, I just want to say 'thank you!' for how reliably you have been maintaining the skypeforlinux packages during all that time! Cheers!

asantam commented on 2018-04-20 15:57 (UTC)

@Sven: You can try disabling notifications inside the application or insalling/enabling a notification daemon. Cheers

Sven commented on 2018-04-13 23:32 (UTC)

With any skypeforlinux version so far, I have the problem that skype freezes as soon as I get a message. I had this problem on gentoo, a year ago. And I still have that problem with Arch Linux right now. I dont know what to do. Did anybody have the same problem and find a solution? I'm using the mate desktop environment.

chasse commented on 2018-03-13 08:12 (UTC)


I've installed this package and calls work fine, but I'm missing the option to share my screen... I can't really find a solution online though.

commented on 2018-02-17 09:38 (UTC)

I am pleased that with the most recent update, skypeforlinux_8.16.76.8_amd64.deb, my webcam is finally detected by Skype again and works properly. My webcam is a Logitech, Inc. HD Pro Webcam C920

In case anyone else here was experiencing this issue.

bulletmark commented on 2018-02-15 21:38 (UTC) (edited on 2018-06-07 11:18 (UTC) by bulletmark)

Please don't post here (or on any other AUR packages) about out of date versions. Use the "Flag package out-of-date" link at the top. Also, BEFORE flagging this package out of date please check that it has not already been updated here to the new version.

Note that AUR package skypeforlinux-stable-bin is the version Microsoft release as their "stable" version. AUR package skypeforlinux-preview-bin is the version Microsoft release as their preview version and will always be a later version than the stable version.

fettouhi commented on 2018-02-13 07:18 (UTC)

@PhotonX: Seems like things are a real mess with gnome-keyring and other DE's.

PhotonX commented on 2018-02-13 07:07 (UTC)

Some further reading regarding gnome-keyring in non-Gnome environments:

Marcel_K commented on 2018-02-12 22:15 (UTC)

I managed to store my Skype password using gnome-keyring using the Wiki [1]. First, I installed gnome-keyring, libsecret and seahorse. Then I created a new password keyring (using seahorse) called 'login' (which is needed when using GDM or LightDM to automatically unlock the keyring). After this, I logged in to Skype once, quit the application and re-opened it, and I was still logged in.


Marcel_K commented on 2018-02-12 22:01 (UTC) (edited on 2018-02-12 22:17 (UTC) by Marcel_K)

Ah, I thought I read that somewhere. I'm not using a DE, only a simple window manager, so how does it work?

EDIT: nevermind, see above.

bulletmark commented on 2018-02-12 21:44 (UTC)

I'm on GNOME, reboot at least every day, and update to every skype preview version. I can't even remember when I last had to log in to skype.

fettouhi commented on 2018-02-12 21:29 (UTC)

@Marcel_K: That cannot be. I am using the same version of Skype on Solus OS with the Budgie desktop and here autologin works fine. I don't have to retype my credentials again and again.

Marcel_K commented on 2018-02-12 17:53 (UTC)

As far as I can tell autologin (or simply remembering your credentials) is not possible with the current Skype.

fettouhi commented on 2018-02-12 17:23 (UTC)

Can anybody get autologin working in Skype on KDE Plasma 5? Everytime I log into my Arch Linux box and I start Skype it never seems to remember my credentials and I have to type them in again. I have gnome-keyring installed as well and I am using SDDM as my login manager.

ava1ar commented on 2018-02-08 06:43 (UTC) (edited on 2018-02-08 07:20 (UTC) by ava1ar)

Another thread with same issue discussion:

This is insane, that microsoft continues to release new versions with broken main feature!

P.S. Based on this message I checked where my Logitech C615 has vendor and product ids and looks like the hierarchy is not what skype is looking for! They are hardcoded /sys/class/video4linux/%s/device/../idVendor and /sys/class/video4linux/%s/device/../idProduct, but my logitech doesn't have those. This is what happened when crappy MS devs develop the software for Linux - they simply hardcode what they don't understand!

PhotonX commented on 2018-02-04 14:53 (UTC)

You can't, it's a bug in Skype and persists for a long time already:

nivovod75 commented on 2018-02-04 13:38 (UTC)

skypeforlinux-preview-bin, Problem webcam logitech c525 not caught the camera in skypeforlinux.Other programs of TOX or WIRE nice catch on the camera.How to fix?

joaoloureiro commented on 2018-01-26 18:48 (UTC)

sha256 hash for 8.15: eaf1292f0e740d07960bc127ceaea52ee20b7a88cb1fa2129dd496fb0d31fb14

PhotonX commented on 2018-01-26 16:52 (UTC)

Skype reports an update, 8.15. :)

iyanmv commented on 2018-01-18 18:31 (UTC)

@bulletmark thanks for creating the two packages (stable and preview)!

bulletmark commented on 2018-01-16 22:47 (UTC)

@dotmagic, it has nothing to do with upgrades. Just turn off the auto-start setting in Skype's Tools/Settings. Once set off, it stays off.

dotmagic commented on 2018-01-16 19:02 (UTC)

Every time I upgrade this package, it place a new .desktop file in: ~/.config/autostart

Could you please disable autostart?

ruziel commented on 2018-01-16 09:30 (UTC) (edited on 2018-01-16 09:30 (UTC) by ruziel)

Have there been any meaningful updates to this package since 20th December? I can't believe how badly this runs on my machine - it's useless. I am still using Ghetto Skype which is not ideal but works better than the turd that Microsoft have served up. I absolutely need Skype for my business & am getting so frustrated, I've been pricing an iMac! I can't believe I even typed that heresy. I hope this gets sorted out soon & that we get a half-decent version.

bulletmark commented on 2018-01-11 04:01 (UTC)

I have renamed this package to skypeforlinux-preview-bin (currently and created a new package skypeforlinux-stable-bin (currently so that users can choose to install either of the 2 available versions Microsoft publish. I have opened an AUR request to merge this package comments etc to skypeforlinux-preview-bin.

stathisq commented on 2018-01-09 09:38 (UTC)

@teohhanhui I totally agree on this.

teohhanhui commented on 2017-12-31 18:40 (UTC)

@bulletmark I'm reiterating the request to split this into separate stable and unstable packages.

mxfm commented on 2017-12-21 11:15 (UTC)


If you look at messages, you will see that people complain about not being able to start and about sound problems for months. Mine is working neither.

PhoenixtheII commented on 2017-12-21 09:52 (UTC)

Still garbage as ever... Has only worked once ever this last month. Using rambox & web skype is a better solution.

angelv commented on 2017-12-20 20:59 (UTC)

Skype was working fine last time I tried, but now I cannot get it to start at all. I just type skypeforlinux and the prompt is return immediately, with no error messages, but no skype process is running either. No idea what could be going (all base Arch software is updated, and I have reinstalled skypeforlinux-bin AUR package to this last version). Any ideas? Thanks

snack commented on 2017-12-20 09:32 (UTC)

@ruziel: if you experience a blank kmix panel during a Skype call please refer to the solution I posted below (show all comments and then search for PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC).

ruziel commented on 2017-12-20 09:11 (UTC)

@snack - thanks. I'm using Xfce so I might have to look for something equivalent. It might be time for me to move to KDE :-)

snack commented on 2017-12-20 08:17 (UTC)

@ruziel: I agree with you. In case it might help, I'm able to channel the audio output to headset or another device by using kmix control panel in Plasma desktop. Sure, it's not controlled by Skype (and this might be a pro) but at least it makes things work.

ruziel commented on 2017-12-20 06:54 (UTC)

I find the versions of Skype for Linux after 4.3 absolutely pathetic. Skype for Web offers no real control of audio - I cannot channel audio through my headset - and skypeforlinux-bin continues to be a dead loss on my machine. I am forced to use Ghetto Skype, which is the only version that works consistently now that 4.3 has been discontinued. I live in hope but to date, this version is unworkable.

denixx commented on 2017-12-18 08:44 (UTC)

offtopic, sorry :( @bulletmark They're Microsoft, they can do anything. :) I've seen last changes to skype for Windows - it's insanely ugly. It looks they just thought "hey, lets make worst client ever not only for linux, let's make it on other platforms too!", and made this. I just hoping they will fix it soon. The only thing why I'm still using Skype - it's because Telegram seems to support only audio calls. At the moment Telegram start to support video calls, I'll leave only Telegram on all my devices.

bulletmark commented on 2017-12-18 06:38 (UTC)

@jlindgren, I just tried the PKGBUILD and you are right, it appears Microsoft have uploaded a second version of the skype deb file but with the same version number. That's just terrible practice.

jlindgren commented on 2017-12-18 05:17 (UTC)

Microsoft appears to have uploaded a different build of on 2017-12-11; sha256sum is 115cb4b9... rather than the a92e72c9... in the PKGBUILD. I tried this version and it fixes audio for me as well. says "No device found" for audio-in and audio-out (webcam works though). I opened an issue with the Skype Support Bot, but I echo others' suggestions to stick with for now.

Techman35 commented on 2017-12-16 23:41 (UTC)

well still not working for me i give up

iyanmv commented on 2017-12-14 06:28 (UTC)

Please, use Skype Support Bot within the app to report issues and pressure Microsoft to fix it.

iyanmv commented on 2017-12-14 06:24 (UTC)

I confirm same problem as @ava1ar. In the evening I will try in my laptop with an integrated webcam instead of an usb one. Remain in to avoid the issue.

ava1ar commented on 2017-12-13 12:49 (UTC) (edited on 2017-12-13 12:50 (UTC) by ava1ar)

With latest version ( my webcam is not detected by app. Works fine with

iyanmv commented on 2017-12-08 13:08 (UTC)

I can confirm that current version ( fix all audio problems. Yesterday, I had a few long calls without any problems. Sharing screen works better for me than in the previous version without audio issues (, so I recommend to update.

crem commented on 2017-12-07 18:40 (UTC) (edited on 2017-12-08 19:25 (UTC) by crem)

I always had problems with sound in skypeforlinux, but after the latest update it became worse.

Before: UI sounds worked, but I couldn't hear sound from the call. It seemed like it couldn't open a sound device which was already used (but skype itself, for UI sounds), because: 1. If I changed sound device in skype settings back and forth after the call started, and all UI sounds already finished, it started to work. (for this call). 2. If other app produces sound at the same time (e.g. youtube video played in chrome), the trick from point 1 didn't help.

After update: It's the same as before, but even when it "works", sound can only be heard for ~half of a second every 10 seconds.

So for me while it was usable before update (with some annoyances), now it's not usable.

Will be happy to help debugging if needed. Is it only me who has this particular problem? Another reports sound different.

(the version I'm talking about is

bulletmark commented on 2017-12-07 00:53 (UTC) (edited on 2017-12-08 13:37 (UTC) by bulletmark)

@sven, installing gnome-keyring has been frequently posted around various forums as a solution to skypeforlinux startup problems (yes - even if you are not running GNOME!). It is true that Microsoft denote the current "stable" version as However for most people I would argue that (currently) is the best (i.e. most stable and functional) version to use.

Sven commented on 2017-12-06 20:04 (UTC) (edited on 2017-12-06 20:11 (UTC) by Sven)

Everytime skype starts it reports an error and I have to logoff just so that I can login again. Turns out, gnome-keyring was missing. Install it fixes the issue.

Why does this package provide a preview version, when there is a "stable" available?

davidovitch commented on 2017-12-06 08:45 (UTC)

Can we please focus this discussion on Skype packaging issues for Arch Linux?

denixx commented on 2017-12-06 07:20 (UTC)

Hi, guys and maybe girls. @mxfm, @Hi-Angel and others - you should understand that it's not in a maintainer capability to fix some bugs, it's Microsoft work. Firstly - Microsoft should do smth. with their piece of software. Maintainer just brings a package to Arch. Keeps it fresh, at the cutting-edge. Complaining here, in the package comments is a wrong way. Do it in the application's feedback window, Microsoft should hear what problems you have. Maintainer can do NOTHING to fix proprietary software. A source of fixing is Microsoft.

@bulletmark Thanks a lot, really.

bulletmark commented on 2017-12-06 00:33 (UTC)

@ukbeast, I suggest you were previously using version and thus the audio issue was not related to Manjaro.

ukbeast commented on 2017-12-05 21:46 (UTC)

@bulletmark I've changed to Arch using ArchAnywhere and have installed pkgver= Audio now works in test call, definitely something related to Manjaro.

bulletmark commented on 2017-12-05 20:37 (UTC)

@ukbeast, worked for most people. Then Microsoft broke sound for everybody with bad release which was the version jlindgren was complaining about. Then (many days ago) release fixed sound again. So which version are you actually complaining about?

Hi-Angel commented on 2017-12-05 20:06 (UTC)

@mxfm whilst I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiment, on the other hand I can't really blame maintainers. Just imagine yourself as a maintainer: you're getting reports that your package not works in some other distro. It can be either upstream or your oversight, but as well it can be caused by distro-specific configuration, like distinct paths, some odd env. variables, distinct behavior of the package manager for certain situations — you never know.

Sometimes you can easily test it, but othertimes it requires more effort, and now also imagine you're maintaining lots of packages. This can quickly become a frustrating experience.

mxfm commented on 2017-12-05 19:35 (UTC) (edited on 2017-12-05 19:36 (UTC) by mxfm)

@maderios Archlinux bug policy "everybody complaining is a sucker who haven't read spec/runs Manjaro/does not grasp developers' genius decisions/runs not officially supported software/aks supporting a package that no developer wants to throw time on" is notorious in linux distro world. Nowhere else there is such arrogancy

Each day people complain here that skype is not starting/sound is not working. Picking out couple of them as irrelevant because they are from Majaro - this is such an "arch way" of bug support.

maderios commented on 2017-12-05 17:41 (UTC)

skypeforlinux-bin sound test call works for me [@ukbeast You're not running Arch, test with Arch, please]

ukbeast commented on 2017-12-05 16:57 (UTC)


I can also confirm that 8.12.x has no sound from the test call. Manjaro kernel 4.14.

Techman35 commented on 2017-12-04 03:22 (UTC)

But whyyyyy is not working for meeee, can anybody tell me why it keep login and logout with white and blue screen and then crash... :(

I'd test this skype in this machine using deepin linux (just for testing to see if there was something wrong with my pc) and it works nicely... but it don't work with arch whyyyyyyyyy :****(

maderios commented on 2017-12-03 10:40 (UTC)

@Hi-Angel @georgiy.avakyan "These boards are for the support of Arch Linux, and Arch ONLY If you have installed Archbang, Antegros, Chakra, Evo/Lution, Manjaro, Whatever, you are NOT running Arch Linux. Similarly, if...."

Hi-Angel commented on 2017-12-02 22:42 (UTC)

@maderios AFAIK it's Archlinux based.

maderios commented on 2017-12-02 22:37 (UTC)

@georgiy.avakyan. I think you post at the wrong place. 'latest Manjaro' is NOT 'Arch Linux'

bulletmark commented on 2017-12-02 22:22 (UTC)

@georgly.avakyan. Are you using the current version? The previous version was been widely reported with massive problems so no point commenting about that. Also, are you guys seeing the 100% CPU with the app running but backgrounded, with the window open, or while making a call?

georgiy.avakyan commented on 2017-12-02 19:34 (UTC)

@basil Can confirm 100% load of one core. Dell Lattitude 5580. Latest Manjaro with 4.14 kernel. Intel Graphics

Almin commented on 2017-12-02 09:27 (UTC)

@basil : About your comment [quote]This package works for me, but it uses constantly 100 % of one core, my laptop is heating up like crazy. Anyone with the same problem? [/quote] Yes, indeed! I'm having the same issue on my Lenovo Thinkpad L560. It causes the cooler to run at what sounds like max speed. It's totally annoying to the point of uselessness. Using htop it shows indeed that the two skypeforlinux processes grep in between 97,0 and 99,0 per cent of CPU. Throughout and continuously. This is a major bug as I can't reduce the noice from the cooler.

Hi-Angel commented on 2017-12-02 04:51 (UTC) (edited on 2017-12-02 04:52 (UTC) by Hi-Angel)

@jlindgren well, here in comments¹ people are complaining. But as far as you have a problem it shouldn't really matter since they don't have a public bugtracker anywhere. Use at least "report a problem" option — I think they'll figure how to sort out duplicates. 1:

jlindgren commented on 2017-12-02 04:35 (UTC)

Has anyone reported audio issues with 8.12.x upstream yet? Using a USB audio headset with pure ALSA, the other party's voice cuts in and out, mostly out though. 8.11.76-8 works fine.

varomix commented on 2017-12-01 19:22 (UTC)

Apart from all the issues user snack mentioned, the audio cuts during the call, I had to download the RPM from their page extract it by hand and that one seems to be working. Their version says is 8.11 and this one is 8.12, maybe there's some issues in 8.12 still thanks

snack commented on 2017-12-01 08:17 (UTC)

Every time I start skype it shows the startup load error (fine, I can live with it) and then, after logout and login, it prompts every time the setup process (choose a theme, audio setup etc.). Which I suppose it's meant to be done only on first run, not every time. Has anyone the same problem? Is it related to the startup load error? Thanks.

teohhanhui commented on 2017-11-30 21:57 (UTC)

I can confirm that the stable version works fine. Please, split this package into two: skypeforlinux-bin (stable) and skypeforlinux-insider-bin (unstable).

snack commented on 2017-11-30 08:17 (UTC)

@bulletmark yes I'm still with since the many problems the later version gives. Anyway I had crackling sound even with this version but with the PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC they went away, together with the annoying blank KMix panel during voice calls.

bulletmark commented on 2017-11-29 21:38 (UTC)

@snack that does not fix the choppy audio issue introduced by and confirmed by others here and on the skype forums. Can anybody successfully make a test call (under Tools/Audio & Video Settings) using

snack commented on 2017-11-29 09:00 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-29 09:00 (UTC) by snack)

I fixed almost all my audio issues using the old trick for the old client, namely in /usr/bin/skypeforlinux I changed the last line: nohup "$SKYPE_PATH" --executed-from="$(pwd)" --pid=$$ "$@" > "$SKYPE_LOGS/skype-startup.log" 2>&1 & into: PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 nohup "$SKYPE_PATH" --executed-from="$(pwd)" --pid=$$ "$@" > "$SKYPE_LOGS/skype-startup.log" 2>&1 & Adding PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 to the startup line fixed the problem I had with Skype and Kmix, and also with crackling sound. By the way, in searching for a solution I noticed that there's no longer a Skype page in ArchWiki.

Techman35 commented on 2017-11-28 23:42 (UTC)

Still not working for me Testing skypeforlinux-bin I login start flashing white and blue and crash

catwithnoname commented on 2017-11-28 15:15 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-28 15:16 (UTC) by catwithnoname)

It is me again :3 After 3 hours of failures I have finally got it working (not the latest version though). So, if you have the f##ing "STARTUP_LOAD_ERROR", please try the following: 1. Make sure you have the following packages: v4l-utils, gnome-keyring (not sure if they are required, but it works with them and I am too lazy to remove them and try again). 2. Remove existing ~/.config/skypeforlinux folder (just in case). 3. Clone this repository and reset it to the ffcfe563bbb1f2f9895f239bb24c03aa2b3ad86c commit (commit message: "Change provides/conflict"). 4. Run `makepkg -si` to install version. Hope this will help somebody...

simgunz commented on 2017-11-28 10:12 (UTC)

Installing gnome-keyring solved the STARTUP_LOAD_ERROR for me

catwithnoname commented on 2017-11-28 09:41 (UTC)

Yesterday the version that comes with skypeforlinux-beta-bin package became "Not Supported Anymore"... again. I have installed skypeforlinux-bin and I have the same issue as @robwu. Actually I also used to have it when I tried to install skypeforlinux-bin a month or so ago. Installing gnome-keyring package did not help to resolve it. Preconditions: archlinux 4.13.12-1-ARCH with i3wm. Any help will be appreciated :)

Giskar commented on 2017-11-28 08:49 (UTC)

Same here, reverted back to in order to make audio work properly

bulletmark commented on 2017-11-27 22:16 (UTC)

Actually, making a test call on does not work for me. The test female voice, and mine, are very choppy. Reverting to works fine. Can others reproduce this?

basil commented on 2017-11-27 17:53 (UTC)

This package works for me, but it uses constantly 100 % of one core, my laptop is heating up like crazy. Anyone with the same problem?

PhoenixtheII commented on 2017-11-27 07:21 (UTC)

skypeforlinux-bin This version suddenly started working as of today, no more 200% cpu after signing in. Don't know what caused it.

hamelg commented on 2017-11-25 13:38 (UTC)

@robwu I've just installed gnome-keyring, and it has solved my issue. Perhaps, this dependency shouldn't be optional ? Thanks much :)

snack commented on 2017-11-24 10:37 (UTC)

Skype seems to mess with the kmix tray icon during a call. When I'm not calling the kmix panel shows up as usual: while during a call it is completely blank: This makes me unable to adjust input/output, e.g. redirect output to the headset. This happens only with skype and only during a call. Anyone with the same problem and/or with some suggestion? Thanks.

simgunz commented on 2017-11-23 13:48 (UTC)

@robwy I also have the STARTUP_LOAD_ERROR and I have Kwallet running properly Here they point out that in app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/ there is a folder called @paulcbetts which given the leading @ creates problems. Can that be related?

Techman35 commented on 2017-11-21 15:46 (UTC)

Testing skypeforlinux-bin

robwu commented on 2017-11-20 20:36 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-20 20:38 (UTC) by robwu)

The STARTUP_LOAD_ERROR error on startup can happen if libsecret cannot find a DBus service to handle credential storage (such as KWallet or GNOME keyring). You must either enable one of these services, or patch skypeforlinux to use an alternative credential storage method. Here are some pointers if you want to patch skypeforlinux: The relevant data is stored in /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar This archive can be unpacked/packed with asar - Skype uses keytar to connect to libsecret - EDIT: I tested the above with Skype

hamelg commented on 2017-11-20 18:01 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-20 18:01 (UTC) by hamelg)

Every-time i launch it, i get an error message : Oops, there was a problem with skype. STARTUP_LOAD_ERROR I must click to "Sign out" and retype my login/password.

speleoden commented on 2017-11-16 14:28 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-16 14:29 (UTC) by speleoden)

Doesn't work for me. With headphones attached the test call seems to work from the settings menu, but when calling someone it notifies that audio device has failed and there is no sound. Seems to work with builtin speakers and mic however (with some lags in sound).

PhoenixtheII commented on 2017-11-16 11:02 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-16 11:03 (UTC) by PhoenixtheII)

Doesn't work for me, it starts up. Let's me login + password. But then infinite loading (light blue) screen with 2 CPU's doing 100%.(

l33tlinuxh4x0r commented on 2017-11-14 22:17 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-14 22:18 (UTC) by l33tlinuxh4x0r)

Version works good for me. No white screen! I had the white screen issue on earlier builds.

PhotonX commented on 2017-11-13 11:19 (UTC)

@Techman35 and others: I requested to restore the skypeforlinux-beta-bin package and it is now available again, sorry for the chaos! :)

Techman35 commented on 2017-11-13 04:42 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-13 04:59 (UTC) by Techman35)

@PhotonX my pc is a dell optiplex 790 i5-2400 8G ram ddr3 i upgrade my pc to the lasted bios to see if that was the problem and still have the white screen bug using skypeforlinux-bin-8.11-76.3-1 after login im able to see the welcome screen but for 2 seconds and then it turn white. here is a video so you can see it

PhotonX commented on 2017-11-12 16:11 (UTC)

@catalin.hritcu: Ok, then it is definitely not the white screen issue which appeared in older 8.x versions only.

catalin.hritcu commented on 2017-11-12 15:37 (UTC)

@PhotonX: and seem to work fine, but and definitely do not.

PhotonX commented on 2017-11-12 13:31 (UTC)

@catalin.hritcu: Do you know what the latest working version is?

catalin.hritcu commented on 2017-11-12 13:10 (UTC)

@PhotonX: I did use previous versions, but this is the first time I see the problem. Tried downgrading, but the only versions I still have around are too recent (flushed the package cache recently).

PhotonX commented on 2017-11-12 13:08 (UTC)

@catalin.hritcu: I think, this is a different issue, the white screen bug appeared right at the login (at least for me). Did you use the 5.x series earlier and if so did the problem appear there as well?

catalin.hritcu commented on 2017-11-12 12:49 (UTC)

I'm seeing a "light blue screen" (maybe precise color depends on the theme?) problem with the latest version and other very recent versions too. All I have to do is start typing in the "Search Skype" field on top of the contact list and a couple of characters later the whole window is light blue:

MichelS4rdou commented on 2017-11-12 11:42 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-12 11:43 (UTC) by MichelS4rdou)

@PhotonX @Techman35 Just for information, it also works for me on my machine that showed the white screen bug. This bug appears to be fixed.

PhotonX commented on 2017-11-12 11:28 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-12 11:28 (UTC) by PhotonX)

@Techman35: I just tested on all machines which showed the white screen bug to me and couldn't reproduce it, also other people reported that the bug has been fixed - so I just sent a deletion request for skypeforlinux-beta-bin (a few minutes before I saw your comment...). Which machine do you get the white screen bug on, and which version of skypforlinux did you test?

stathisq commented on 2017-11-11 13:51 (UTC)

@strang3r I totally agree with you on the naming of the package. This package should be named skypeforlinux-bin-preview or something like this.

Techman35 commented on 2017-11-09 21:57 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-09 22:15 (UTC) by Techman35)

Still have the white screen bug

strang3r commented on 2017-11-09 18:34 (UTC)

@bulletmark MS have already released two versions without the "preview" tag ( and The latest "non-preview" version is, the app is named simply "Skype". Here's a link: or Version has been released after version 8.*.76 versions are "insider" versions ("Skype Preview"). e.g. is I guess you can keep the package name the same, but then the next update should be e.g. 8.11.0 (stable) and not 8.11.76 (preview).

bulletmark commented on 2017-11-09 10:51 (UTC)

@strang3r I tend to agree but the naming of the various skype packages around the AUR seems to be a bit of a mess so users really have to look around and work out what each packages offers, regardless of the name. It is also awkward for the maintainer, and certainly for users, to change the name of an AUR package. Microsoft currently call it a "preview" version but I expect they will drop that tag soon given this is currently the best skype package which Microsoft offer to Linux users (and I would argue the most stable). Let's see what happens.

strang3r commented on 2017-11-09 08:50 (UTC)

@bulletmark Now that MS provides "stable" releases of skype, I think you can consider renaming this package to "skypeforlinux-preview-bin" or simply "skypeforlinux-preview". At the moment, the repo contains: Skype (released 2017-11-07) - should belong to "skypeforlinux" package Skype Preview (released 2017-11-03) - should belong to "skypeforlinux-preview" package

davidovitch commented on 2017-11-08 21:16 (UTC)

Now also works for my older AMD Phenom II X4 processor. commented on 2017-11-08 18:45 (UTC)

I add distortion on incoming sound even if the callee is hearing me well. So I use this, so far that work for me: PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 /usr/bin/skypeforlinux

francoism90 commented on 2017-11-08 14:21 (UTC)

@archtefo Thanks! This indeed fixes the distorting issues. :) @bulletmark could you add apulse as optdep?

bmadonnaster commented on 2017-11-08 06:43 (UTC)

I run CRUX Linux but refer to the PKGBUILD files on Archlinux for reference. I would of never thought of needing an /etc/asound.conf this day and age but will try using an /etc/asound.conf after my system updates with the latest Skype preview.

ilpianista commented on 2017-11-03 12:20 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-03 12:22 (UTC) by ilpianista)

@bulletmark Exactly what SanskritFritz said. @holloway the original package is named skypeforlinux, then this should be named the same IMHO.

stathisq commented on 2017-11-03 12:06 (UTC)

@bulletmark You can consider rename this package from skypeforlinux-bin to skype(The existed skype package renamed to skype-legacy), since now this is the official and final version of Skype.

holloway commented on 2017-11-03 10:18 (UTC)

I had the same problem as ilpianista, without the pulseaudio-alsa package I couldn't hear anything in calls, afterwards it worked

SanskritFritz commented on 2017-11-03 09:42 (UTC)

The "provides" array should state which application this particular package provides, so it would conflict with other packages that provide the *same* application. Hence skypeforlinux-bin *-beta *-whatever should all provide skypeforlinux and skype, the lowest common denominator.

bulletmark commented on 2017-11-03 09:33 (UTC)

@ilpianista, the only other package which provides skypeforlinux is skypeforlinux-beta-bin so I thought I would just be explicit about it. It shouldn't make any practical difference though so I wonder why are you asking?

ilpianista commented on 2017-11-03 07:58 (UTC)

@bulletmark why did you remove the provides/conflicts skypeforlinux?

bulletmark commented on 2017-11-03 01:11 (UTC)

I've adopted this. The new version just adds a small patch to fix the StartupWMClass issue which resulted in 2 app icons when the window was open. I'll keep the patch around until Microsoft eventually fix this.

ImNtReal commented on 2017-11-02 15:37 (UTC)

I honestly don't use this thing enough to keep up with the changes on it. I'm sure someone else will pick it up, though.

Ihor commented on 2017-11-01 19:56 (UTC)

Microsoft released version without beta: Version: So this package should be named as skypeforlinux-preview.

cyberxndr commented on 2017-11-01 09:01 (UTC)

I had an issue with audio distortion using skypeforlinux with virtualbox 5.1. Solved by upgrading to virtualbox 5.2.

pappfer commented on 2017-10-31 11:36 (UTC)

I can see "StartupWMClass=Skype Preview" in the desktop file, but a second app icon still appears to me. Also, as phw suggested libappindicator packages should be installed in order to get notification of new messages.

ilpianista commented on 2017-10-30 16:38 (UTC) (edited on 2017-11-03 12:20 (UTC) by ilpianista)

Please add pulseaudio-alsa as dependence, without that audio during call doesn't work (notifications do work) Probably this is the same error user actionless had.

dotmagic commented on 2017-10-24 19:15 (UTC)

This package works really well for me and I had no issues like the other peoples here. But I hate it does autostart after installing. Please disable autostart.

actionless commented on 2017-10-24 11:51 (UTC)

except for `alsa-lib` it's missing few more `alsa-` packages in the dependencies without them skype is freezing and constantly writing some PCM error (like it can't find any audio devices)

basco commented on 2017-10-24 00:30 (UTC)

Please add v4l-utils to dependencies. I needed to install this package to be able to log me on. Otherwise, I got a "startup_load_error" and could not log in.

bmadonnaster commented on 2017-10-21 20:43 (UTC)

I can't get audio to work correctly it works for chat but if I make a call it just cuts out and I don't see any mic for capture. I was hoping it was an issue with my headset I tried a second headset same issue. Anyone have any suggestions in resolving this or is it a known bug or missing dependency.

effeeffe commented on 2017-10-19 15:19 (UTC)

@Hi-Angel thank you for the pointer, I will write there. I guess that is as close as we can get to a bug-reporting system...

Hi-Angel commented on 2017-10-19 15:10 (UTC)

@LucaFranceschini it's not the package per se, here's a bunch of peoples complaining I think MS shouldn't started rewriting instead of fixing the old client, but oh, well.

effeeffe commented on 2017-10-19 15:00 (UTC)

Cannot make any call with last update, when I call someone it says my internet connection is too weak, though it is a very good one (90/90 and 10ms). I cannot even receive call: a pop-up notification tells me someone is calling, but there is no button I can press to answer. <rant>This package never really works for me, every update brings a different issue, while the old beta branch is working fine.</rant>

wget commented on 2017-10-19 08:05 (UTC)

The Skype app logs me out and I need to sign up again each time I need to restart my computer. Are you experiencing this issue as well? This is really annoying especially as my account has 2 step authentication.

phw commented on 2017-10-17 09:58 (UTC)

Please add an optdepend to `libappindicator-gtk2`, it is required to show the app indicator icon.

bulletmark commented on 2017-10-17 05:58 (UTC) (edited on 2017-10-17 05:58 (UTC) by bulletmark)

ImNtReal, you updated this package from to 17 hours ago but nobody has picked up this update because you forgot to update the .SRCINFO.

nikolak commented on 2017-10-11 18:55 (UTC) (edited on 2017-10-12 22:54 (UTC) by nikolak)

Screen sharing doesn't work for me. Whenever I try to use it, I get a white screen and I have to restart Skype. EDIT: Okay, fixed it. I was using Wayland, and apparently screen sharing on Skype or Google Hangouts doesn't play well with it. I switched to Xorg and it works perfectly.

commented on 2017-10-10 02:48 (UTC)

The tray icon is extremely tiny on HiDPI screens. All other icons on cinnamon scaled correctly so far except for Skype. It's so small it's almost non-existent.

Maximka commented on 2017-10-05 07:36 (UTC)

WM_CLASS was changed to "Skype", .desktopfile need an adjustment.

gary9872 commented on 2017-10-05 00:41 (UTC)

got white screen on both 5.5 and 8 :(

Hi-Angel commented on 2017-10-02 19:01 (UTC)

Tell them to replace -mssse3 with -msse4a :Ь

Raymond commented on 2017-10-01 00:23 (UTC)

For those with the blank white screen issue, one of the developers responded over on the forums stating it is a "hard dependency on the Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 (SSSE3 or SSE3S) instruction set by Intel." and that they will "check our options and let you know if something changes." so hopefully we'll be seeing a fix for it soon.. in the mean time, I downgraded to the 5.x branch as recommended by others here. Here is the forum link, I recommend reporting the issue there to show them how big of an issue this is so we can see a faster fix for it.

romgvo commented on 2017-09-30 11:03 (UTC)

skypeforlinux-beta-bin works fine

PhotonX commented on 2017-09-30 09:36 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-30 09:36 (UTC) by PhotonX)

People facing the white screen issue might want to try skypeforlinux-beta-bin, which is basically the same package but using the older 5.x branch:

romgvo commented on 2017-09-30 08:04 (UTC)

skypeforlinux-bin white screen after login AMD Athlon(tm) II X3 440 Processor

archtefo commented on 2017-09-28 21:19 (UTC)

@francoism90 I have the same issue. I solved it by using apulse from AUR ($ apulse skypeforlinux) and changing from "audio and video config" the "default device" for the proper one. I hope this help you.

romgvo commented on 2017-09-28 15:01 (UTC)

white screen after login AMD Athlon(tm) II X3 440 Processor

Raymond commented on 2017-09-28 04:33 (UTC)

I'm getting a white screen after login like a few others. AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 960T Processor Looks like it might be an amd processor issue.. blaah! Anyone manage to find a fix for this yet?

francoism90 commented on 2017-09-27 13:53 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-27 13:53 (UTC) by francoism90)

When making a call I'm experiencing audio stutter, anyone else have this issue? I'm using Pulse and this latest version, On Windows (..) it works fine.

dogmatist commented on 2017-09-26 20:00 (UTC)

When I trying sent messages its stuck in sending status. How to fix this problem?

heavysink commented on 2017-09-22 21:17 (UTC)

skypeforlinux-bin is now in archlinuxcn repository. All updates in AUR will be synchronized to the repo through a watcher bot. [archlinuxcn] Server =$arch ## or use a CDN (beta) #Server =$arch ## or install archlinuxcn-mirrorlist-git and use the mirrorlist #Include = /etc/pacman.d/archlinuxcn-mirrorlist Once the repo is added, archlinuxcn-keyring package must be installed before it.

AndreyKr commented on 2017-09-22 13:03 (UTC)

Amazing UI!

maderios commented on 2017-09-22 10:04 (UTC)

This is an unstable .deb package

viler80 commented on 2017-09-20 13:28 (UTC)

Still white screen issue on following machine: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 820 Processor NVIDIA gtx560

Giskar commented on 2017-09-19 08:34 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-19 08:35 (UTC) by Giskar)

Blank screen when calling & using VPN is fixed for me in Currently there is no known error by my part so i can keep this new version and use screen sharing :) Im using an intel i7 5820k with Nvidia gtx 770 (the 2011-3 socket does not have integrated graphic card)

villamide commented on 2017-09-19 08:11 (UTC)

Still 'white screen' issue with last version and setting 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/' Here is my hwinfo: and my 'journalctl -xe output': Any ideas?

User commented on 2017-09-18 11:01 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-18 11:01 (UTC) by User)

Still the same white screen issue on following machine: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor NVIDIA Corporation G98 [GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 2] (rev a1) Works just fine on Lenovo T440s (i7, intel graphics)

MichelS4rdou commented on 2017-09-16 17:52 (UTC)

@davidovitch same problem. I have an AMD Phenom II N970 and AMD/ATI graphics...

phg commented on 2017-09-16 13:13 (UTC)

I have the same problem as @gl000008: Sep 16 15:09:31 phlegethon kernel: traps: skypeforlinux[6459] trap invalid opcode ip:7f6e94ed95b8 sp:7f6e8a94fc50 error:0 in slimcore.node[7f6e94415000+207e000] Then it dumps core. That’s on an AMD Phenom II, dunno what architecture MS are targeting but it sure ain’t a generic AMD64. Conclusion: Garbage.

davidovitch commented on 2017-09-16 13:12 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-16 13:17 (UTC) by davidovitch)

With the screen is still white (although I can see the initial startup screen) so it simply doesn't work. The weird thing is that this only happens on one machine (AMD Phenom II X4, Radeon graphics, Gnome) but not on two others (Intel, HD4000, Gnome). All 3 machines have a similar setup. Get the same error message (journalctl) as reported earlier by @User: kernel: traps: skypeforlinux[11766] trap invalid opcode ip:7fe060c755b8 sp:7fe05c8b7c10 error:0 in slimcore.node[7fe0601b1000+207e000]

Leonardo19 commented on 2017-09-16 13:08 (UTC)

Not in my case.

i026e commented on 2017-09-15 14:23 (UTC)

Seems, problem with blank screen was fixed in

marcoc commented on 2017-09-15 10:33 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-15 10:35 (UTC) by marcoc)

@gl000008 and @User. I also got the blank screen a few seconds after a call start. I removed a setting that I forgot from previous tests: LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/ Skype runs well now. Maybe this can give you an idea to debug your issues.

thepasto commented on 2017-09-13 07:10 (UTC)

Adding something like this to PKGBUILD: awk -i inplace '/^Actions=QuitSkype;/ {printf("StartupWMClass=Skype Preview\n");} {print}' "${pkgdir}/usr/share/applications/skypeforlinux.desktop" Should fix StarupVMClass missing in the .desktop file

PhotonX commented on 2017-09-12 18:04 (UTC)

Uploaded the last 5.x.x PKGBUILD by ImNtReal here:

gl000008 commented on 2017-09-12 16:37 (UTC)

With the version when I try calling someone I get the white screen and the following messages in the journal: Sep 12 17:02:06 samssd systemd-coredump[7642]: Process 7510 (skypeforlinux) of user 6200 dumped core. Stack trace of thread 7532: #0 0x00007fbabcc1b383 n/a (slimcore.node) #1 0x00007fbabcd4f8a0 n/a (slimcore.node) #2 0x00007fbabcd3407a n/a (slimcore.node) #3 0x00007fbabcd3481f n/a (slimcore.node) #4 0x00007fbabcd1e475 n/a (slimcore.node) #5 0x00007fbabcf4841d n/a (slimcore.node) #6 0x00007fbabcf443d4 n/a (slimcore.node) #7 0x00007fbabcf459ca n/a (slimcore.node) #8 0x00007fbabcf45e32 n/a (slimcore.node) #9 0x00007fbabcca26dc n/a (slimcore.node) #10 0x00007fbabccad24b n/a (slimcore.node) #11 0x00007fbabcca1663 n/a (slimcore.node) #12 0x00007fbabccf9170 n/a (slimcore.node) #13 0x00007fbabcbc3b88 n/a (slimcore.node) #14 0x00007fbabcbc4047 n/a (slimcore.node) #15 0x00007fbabcbaeac8 n/a (slimcore.node) #16 0x00007fbabcc63b91 n/a (slimcore.node) #17 0x00007fbabcc68b4a n/a (slimcore.node) #18 0x00007fbabcc68ea5 n/a (slimcore.node) #19 0x00007fbabcc69906 n/a (slimcore.node) #20 0x00007fbabcc0165e n/a (slimcore.node) #21 0x00007fbabcc049d6 n/a (slimcore.node) #22 0x00007fbabcbe9e50 n/a (slimcore.node) #23 0x00007fbabcbf4963 n/a (slimcore.node) #24 0x00007fbabc576947 n/a (slimcore.node) #25 0x00007fbabc53d088 n/a (slimcore.node) #26 0x00007fbabc514299 n/a (slimcore.node) #27 0x00007fbabc514395 n/a (slimcore.node) #28 0x00007fbabc9e9a6b n/a (slimcore.node) #29 0x00007fbabc9cff59 n/a (slimcore.node) #30 0x00007fbabc4335d4 n/a (slimcore.node) #31 0x00007fbabc42b21b n/a (slimcore.node) #32 0x00007fbabc42a84a n/a (slimcore.node) #33 0x00007fbabc43343e n/a (slimcore.node) #34 0x00007fbabc42a1fa n/a (slimcore.node) #35 0x00007fbabc42a76e n/a (slimcore.node) #36 0x00007fbabc6f8056 n/a (slimcore.node) #37 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #38 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7510: #0 0x0000000002cd2373 n/a (skypeforlinux) #1 0x0000000002cd0153 n/a (skypeforlinux) #2 0x0000000002d108a1 n/a (skypeforlinux) #3 0x00000000031f70da n/a (skypeforlinux) #4 0x000000000320082e n/a (skypeforlinux) #5 0x00000000031feedc n/a (skypeforlinux) #6 0x00000000031fe46d n/a (skypeforlinux) #7 0x000000000319036a n/a (skypeforlinux) #8 0x000000000379ae3c n/a (skypeforlinux) #9 0x000000000124d617 n/a (skypeforlinux) #10 0x0000000000c63f61 n/a (skypeforlinux) #11 0x0000000000d00540 n/a (skypeforlinux) #12 0x00000000026979c0 n/a (skypeforlinux) #13 0x00000000037153e8 n/a (skypeforlinux) #14 0x0000000003713688 n/a (skypeforlinux) #15 0x00000000026979c0 n/a (skypeforlinux) #16 0x000000000266096d n/a (skypeforlinux) #17 0x0000000002660df8 n/a (skypeforlinux) #18 0x0000000002661496 n/a (skypeforlinux) #19 0x0000000002650eba n/a (skypeforlinux) #20 0x0000000002660697 n/a (skypeforlinux) #21 0x000000000264fb7e n/a (skypeforlinux) #22 0x0000000001292b80 n/a (skypeforlinux) #23 0x00000000014e86ca n/a (skypeforlinux) #24 0x00000000014e9568 n/a (skypeforlinux) #25 0x00000000025f8bef n/a (skypeforlinux) #26 0x00000000014e98a2 n/a (skypeforlinux) #27 0x0000000003def9a8 main (skypeforlinux) #28 0x00007fbacceb94ca __libc_start_main ( #29 0x00000000005b0099 _start (skypeforlinux) Stack trace of thread 7514: #0 0x00007fbad3c564ed pthread_cond_timedwait@@GLIBC_2.3.2 ( #1 0x0000000002694a62 n/a (skypeforlinux) #2 0x00000000026b674a n/a (skypeforlinux) #3 0x0000000002650ea1 n/a (skypeforlinux) #4 0x0000000002660697 n/a (skypeforlinux) #5 0x000000000264fb7e n/a (skypeforlinux) #6 0x00000000026dfbf7 n/a (skypeforlinux) #7 0x00000000026a7e43 n/a (skypeforlinux) #8 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #9 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7511: #0 0x00007fbaccf87473 epoll_wait ( #1 0x0000000002703c57 n/a (skypeforlinux) #2 0x0000000002702ec1 n/a (skypeforlinux) #3 0x00000000026a7364 n/a (skypeforlinux) #4 0x0000000002660697 n/a (skypeforlinux) #5 0x000000000264fb7e n/a (skypeforlinux) #6 0x00000000026dfbf7 n/a (skypeforlinux) #7 0x00000000026a7e43 n/a (skypeforlinux) #8 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #9 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7513: #0 0x00007fbad3c561ad pthread_cond_wait@@GLIBC_2.3.2 ( #1 0x00000000026b671f n/a (skypeforlinux) #2 0x00000000026b65f7 n/a (skypeforlinux) #3 0x0000000002650eab n/a (skypeforlinux) #4 0x0000000002660697 n/a (skypeforlinux) #5 0x000000000264fb7e n/a (skypeforlinux) #6 0x00000000026dfbf7 n/a (skypeforlinux) #7 0x00000000026a7e43 n/a (skypeforlinux) #8 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #9 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7516: #0 0x00007fbad3c561ad pthread_cond_wait@@GLIBC_2.3.2 ( #1 0x00000000013db9a8 n/a (skypeforlinux) #2 0x00000000026dec25 n/a (skypeforlinux) #3 0x00000000026a7e43 n/a (skypeforlinux) #4 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #5 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7512: #0 0x00007fbaccf87473 epoll_wait ( #1 0x0000000002703c57 n/a (skypeforlinux) #2 0x0000000002702ec1 n/a (skypeforlinux) #3 0x00000000026a7364 n/a (skypeforlinux) #4 0x0000000002660697 n/a (skypeforlinux) #5 0x000000000264fb7e n/a (skypeforlinux) #6 0x00000000026dfbf7 n/a (skypeforlinux) #7 0x00000000026a7e43 n/a (skypeforlinux) #8 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #9 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7515: #0 0x00007fbad3c561ad pthread_cond_wait@@GLIBC_2.3.2 ( #1 0x00000000026b671f n/a (skypeforlinux) #2 0x00000000026b65f7 n/a (skypeforlinux) #3 0x0000000002650eab n/a (skypeforlinux) #4 0x0000000002660697 n/a (skypeforlinux) #5 0x000000000264fb7e n/a (skypeforlinux) #6 0x00000000026dfbf7 n/a (skypeforlinux) #7 0x00000000026a7e43 n/a (skypeforlinux) #8 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #9 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7520: #0 0x00007fbad3c561ad pthread_cond_wait@@GLIBC_2.3.2 ( #1 0x00000000013db9a8 n/a (skypeforlinux) #2 0x00000000026dec25 n/a (skypeforlinux) #3 0x00000000026a7e43 n/a (skypeforlinux) #4 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #5 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7602: #0 0x00007fbad3c561ad pthread_cond_wait@@GLIBC_2.3.2 ( #1 0x00007fbabcc16741 n/a (slimcore.node) #2 0x00007fbabcc167e2 n/a (slimcore.node) #3 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #4 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7521: #0 0x00007fbad3c564ed pthread_cond_timedwait@@GLIBC_2.3.2 ( #1 0x0000000002694a62 n/a (skypeforlinux) #2 0x0000000002652404 n/a (skypeforlinux) #3 0x000000000265284b n/a (skypeforlinux) #4 0x00000000026a7e43 n/a (skypeforlinux) #5 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #6 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7522: #0 0x00007fbaccf87473 epoll_wait ( #1 0x0000000003e1a905 _ZN4atom17NodeBindingsLinux10PollEventsEv (skypeforlinux) #2 0x0000000003e1a2af _ZN4atom12NodeBindings17EmbedThreadRunnerEPv (skypeforlinux) #3 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #4 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone ( Stack trace of thread 7525: #0 0x00007fbad3c561ad pthread_cond_wait@@GLIBC_2.3.2 ( #1 0x00007fbabc6f124e n/a (slimcore.node) #2 0x00007fbabc4282d7 n/a (slimcore.node) #3 0x00007fbabc6f8056 n/a (slimcore.node) #4 0x00007fbad3c50049 start_thread ( #5 0x00007fbaccf86f0f __clone (

User commented on 2017-09-12 16:06 (UTC)

I've got blank window after login procedure, and dmesg says: traps: skypeforlinux[2229] trap invalid opcode ip:7f8296bb47e8 sp:7f828a2b9c10 error:0 in slimcore.node[7f8296145000+203d000]

lonaowna commented on 2017-09-12 14:46 (UTC)

I too think 8.x is a vast improvement. For anyone wanting the old 5.x: feel free to create a "skype-5" or "skypeforlinux-5" package in the AUR. :)

ronjouch commented on 2017-09-12 13:08 (UTC)

I, for one, think distributing the 8.x.x "Preview" is the reasonable option for this package. It fixed severe bugs I had with 5.x and added Screen Sharing, which many people want. I think MS dubbed it "Preview" to manage expectations and to smoothen the UI refresh, not for technical reasons. But apart from UX, 8.x is just the latest "New" (Electron-based) Skype, and it's the what you should get if you ask for a "New" (Electron-based) Skype. Keeping users of this package stuck to 5.x would be a disservice, as it would isolate them from the aforementioned last round of fixes and features.

PhotonX commented on 2017-09-12 12:21 (UTC)

I agree with Ihor, a second package for the 5.x.x series would be great, since the 8.x.x series seems to lead to problems for many(?) users.

Ihor commented on 2017-09-11 17:05 (UTC)

Hi. What was the reason for switching to unstable version(5.x.x -> 8.x.x)? It's under folder. I'd like to see this version with corresponding name as separate package. Thanks.

PhotonX commented on 2017-09-11 16:53 (UTC)

@Giskar: Nope, no VPN, a regular ADSL connection. Nothing in dmesg either (but I never saw GUI apps started by the user put any output into dmesg, maybe I need to pass some options to the dmesg command?).

Giskar commented on 2017-09-11 16:43 (UTC)

@PhotonX: In your case there is a VPN connection involved? In that case have you tried without connecting to a VPN? About the error you can execute dmesg and probably you will see a segfault error. I dont think this is an Arch related issue, i have seen it in Ubuntu 17.04 with cinnamon

PhotonX commented on 2017-09-11 14:27 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-11 14:28 (UTC) by PhotonX)

I have several issues with skypeforlinux: On one machine there is a white screen after login, the main window is not accessible. This already happens since 8.5. On another machine I get another problem: The window is showing rubbish (what was behind it when it opened). This, however, started happening with 8.6. I get no output in the terminal at all, how can I debug the problems?

Giskar commented on 2017-09-10 08:13 (UTC)

@harryharryharry In a previous comment you can see that i found that rebooting the system made it work for me. Later i made a call and it failed. Then i tried from a fresh reboot opening every program and service i use and testing the skype test call. I was lucky as starting the VPN was the first step :D

harryharryharry commented on 2017-09-09 23:28 (UTC)

@Giskar Genius! Just as @d7rk I can confirm the blank screen was due to an active openvpn service. I've got to know: how the f- did you find this out ? Pure coincidence or investigative skills ?

ZeroBit commented on 2017-09-08 09:06 (UTC)

@fettouhi Install gnome-keyring to autologin

viler80 commented on 2017-09-08 09:05 (UTC)

@fettouhi I installed gnome-keyring it was good for me

fettouhi commented on 2017-09-07 04:29 (UTC)

Can anyone get the new Skype Preview to autologin? With 8.5 and 8.6 I have to typer my credentials every time I login. Had no issues with the latter versions 5.4 etc.

ZeroBit commented on 2017-09-06 18:32 (UTC)

I cannot hear anybody. But I can hear sounds of ringing and other sounds but not the sound of the voice of the person a talk with.

d7rk commented on 2017-09-06 11:06 (UTC)

I confirm @Giskar 's issue, it works fine without VPN, and not at all with it.

masser commented on 2017-09-06 05:20 (UTC)

Exactly the same result as the cvetan

bulletmark commented on 2017-09-05 21:36 (UTC)

ImNtReal updated this package to but didn't apply the trivial fix I mentioned below about the desktop file. I don't think he reads the comments here guys?

commented on 2017-09-05 19:10 (UTC)

When i install this package and try to run, it just hangs at login. I tried installing skypeforlinux package it won't install - got error.

kgizdov commented on 2017-09-05 18:54 (UTC)

I'm getting some permission issues: ``` warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/locales/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/slimcore/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/sqlite3/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/keytar/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/@paulcbetts/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/@paulcbetts/spellchecker/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/@paulcbetts/cld/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/@paulcbetts/cld/build/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/@paulcbetts/cld/build/Release/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/@paulcbetts/spellchecker/build/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/@paulcbetts/spellchecker/build/Release/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/keytar/build/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/keytar/build/Release/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/sqlite3/lib/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/sqlite3/lib/binding/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 warning: directory permissions differ on /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/slimcore/bin/ filesystem: 755 package: 775 ```

resetko commented on 2017-09-05 18:31 (UTC)

Getting endless preloader then trying to login.. Logs: ** Message: Remote error from secret service: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.freedesktop.secrets was not provided by any .service files ** Message: Remote error from secret service: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.freedesktop.secrets was not provided by any .service files ** Message: Remote error from secret service: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.freedesktop.secrets was not provided by any .service files

Giskar commented on 2017-09-05 13:41 (UTC)

I have narrowed the blank screen issue to the VPN. When i connecto to a VPN i can not make a call. If hay disconnect the VPN i can even share my screen

i026e commented on 2017-09-05 13:38 (UTC)


davidovitch commented on 2017-09-05 09:26 (UTC)

Where do you find that version is available? On the main Skype web page I can only download "latest", and that is not the same as The only thing I found so far is

Giskar commented on 2017-09-05 07:47 (UTC)

I got the blank screen issue when making a call. Rebooting the system seems to resolve that as now i can call and even share the screen without any problem

bulletmark commented on 2017-09-04 21:49 (UTC)

@ImNtReal, version still has the bug that it is missing StartupWMClass=Skype Preview from the desktop file so please fix this when you update the package.

blackhole commented on 2017-09-04 21:13 (UTC)

Also for me is working, but audio is always at max level. I don't have pulseaudio (and I don't want to install it) In kmix slider for hdmi volume has no effect.

XAVeRY commented on 2017-09-04 17:37 (UTC)

Video works properly for me with - was green with 8.5.

Nefelim4ag commented on 2017-09-04 08:05 (UTC)

8.5+ use $HOME as workdir, can that be fixed? As example: use /run/systemd/users/$UID Thanks

dimastyi commented on 2017-09-03 17:29 (UTC)

Video not working, only green sample. on 4.3 camera works.

sgh commented on 2017-09-03 16:21 (UTC)

Could you please create skypeforlinux-preview-bin for preview versions? 8.5 is disgusting in many ways currently.

MichelS4rdou commented on 2017-09-03 14:53 (UTC)

Same for me. I managed to get the login screen by closing skype and rm -rf .config/skypeforlinux. But I get a blank screen after login, as @davidovitch.

davidovitch commented on 2017-09-03 14:06 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-03 14:07 (UTC) by davidovitch)

same here: after login I end up with a blank screen. I can't see any tracebacks in the console. Gnome with radeon graphics.

commented on 2017-09-03 12:59 (UTC)

Just installed on xfce4 and i have only white window when loged in.

MichelS4rdou commented on 2017-09-02 21:52 (UTC)

Can't use at all under plasma. I have a white blank screen. I can see the menu bar, though.

Strawpants commented on 2017-09-01 19:12 (UTC)

Had problems this morning after installing this skype. Skype froze after trying to go to audio and video settings. However now it seems to work again (didn't change anything). Maybe a race condition? Ran the last crash coredump through gdb indicating: Program terminated with signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault. #0 0x00007f3a9836d083 in ?? () from /usr/share/skypeforlinux/resources/app.asar.unpacked/node_modules/slimcore/bin/slimcore.node

jeaye commented on 2017-09-01 17:51 (UTC)

I have the same problem as @totsilence; can't log in after the first time (last night, when I updated). After entering my credentials, I just see the blue screen with a spinner and CPU usage spikes and nothing changes.

blackhole commented on 2017-09-01 10:46 (UTC)

I have the same problem...

totsilence commented on 2017-09-01 10:43 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-01 10:43 (UTC) by totsilence)

I cannot login with the new preview version. After entering my skype account and password skype hangs in the blue screen with the skype logo and the rotating cicrcle which seems to indicate that it tries to establish a connection. Looking at top, the 'skypeforlinux' program uses > 100% CPU all the time and never finishes.

oberon2007 commented on 2017-09-01 10:42 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-01 10:43 (UTC) by oberon2007)

Also working nicely for me, everything including video-calls and settings menu. It is apparently the same version as current Android version. Running it in i3 environment, Intel graphics with modesetting.

bulletmark commented on 2017-09-01 03:30 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-03 22:07 (UTC) by bulletmark)

@TioDuke, video and voice calls in this new preview version work very well for me on my PC and laptop, both running GNOME and using Intel modesetting graphics. There are many nice improvements. The UI looks better and is more efficiently presented and some little bugs in the previous version have been fixed.

TioDuke commented on 2017-09-01 03:16 (UTC)

Has somebody tested video? When I go to settings, I only see some noise on green background.

bulletmark commented on 2017-08-31 23:12 (UTC)

@ImNtReal, to clarify what Maximka is saying. The skype preview deb package has a bug which causes a second app icon to appear when the window is open. We could wait for Skype/Microsoft to fix this but it is an ugly bug which you can trivially fix by adding the line "StartupWMClass=Skype Preview" in the [Desktop Entry] section of /usr/share/aplications/skypeforlinux.desktop. I'd suggest adding this via a patch in the prepare() function of the PKGBUILD.

viler80 commented on 2017-08-31 23:08 (UTC) (edited on 2017-08-31 23:23 (UTC) by viler80)

I have the same problem too (KDE)

nmhenriques commented on 2017-08-31 21:18 (UTC) (edited on 2017-09-01 10:20 (UTC) by nmhenriques)

I also have the same problem reported by d7rk! :( [Cinnamon DE]

d7rk commented on 2017-08-31 16:26 (UTC)

This preview version 8.5 crashes (actually returns a blank screen and no interaction with the app works) on my computer (gnome) when making a call, even a test one.

Maximka commented on 2017-08-31 14:23 (UTC)

Could you add "StartupWMClass=skype preview" to the desktop file?

specialworld83 commented on 2017-08-31 12:36 (UTC)

Package added Condres OS, update new version: [condresrepo] SigLevel = Optional Server = Repo list:

bulletmark commented on 2017-08-31 00:21 (UTC)

Modified this PKGBUILD to try the new skype preview and seems to work ok.

btomza commented on 2017-07-19 18:25 (UTC)

I've found an issue when you call to a physical number (for example a toll-free) and you need to enter code to validate in the call, you can not do it. (let me share an screenshot I have to install an old version to fix it, take a look the sudo97's comment.

LucyDemoon commented on 2017-07-18 17:19 (UTC)

i edited the pkversion localy to: # Maintainer: Jameson Pugh <> pkgname=skypeforlinux-bin pkgver=latest pkgrel=1 pkgdesc="Skype for Linux WebRTC" arch=('x86_64') url="" license=('custom') depends=('gtk2' 'libxss' 'gconf' 'alsa-lib' 'libxtst' 'libsecret' 'nss') optdepends=('gnome-keyring') conflicts=('skypeforlinux') provides=('skypeforlinux') source=("") sha256sums=('SKIP') package() { cd "${srcdir}" tar -xJC "${pkgdir}" -f data.tar.xz install -d "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/skypeforlinux-bin" mv "${pkgdir}/usr/share/skypeforlinux/LICENSE" "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/skypeforlinux-bin/" mv "${pkgdir}/usr/share/skypeforlinux/LICENSES.chromium.html" "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/skypeforlinux-bin/" rm -rf "${pkgdir}/opt" } the have a new link:

georgiy.avakyan commented on 2017-06-26 06:50 (UTC)

Latest version eats all RAM and almost all swap-file after night (idle state). Screen after weekend, but I have same screen after one night. Opened "Skype RAM consumption" thread on Microsoft Community

vollekannehoschi commented on 2017-06-20 07:48 (UTC) (edited on 2017-06-20 07:48 (UTC) by vollekannehoschi)

I can't type in group chats anymore, but see new messages :(

commented on 2017-06-18 18:19 (UTC)

Anybody got an idea, how to enable the UI languages? At the moment, / Tools / Change Language allows to choose just from a very short list, while the dir /usr/share/skypeforlinux/locales shows quite a long list of *.pak files

siyia commented on 2017-06-18 02:14 (UTC) (edited on 2017-06-18 02:15 (UTC) by siyia)

Why are all my contacts offline with this version, whereas the old version works fine?Is this an M$ bug?

Omar007 commented on 2017-06-16 13:39 (UTC)

You forgot to bump up $pkgrel when you updated the dependencies.

sudo97 commented on 2017-06-14 15:59 (UTC)

For fixing I did this: 1)loaded skype5.3 with this link: 2)Got an SHA256SUM for this package. 3)Then I put this SHA into the PKBUILD(the 12th line) instead of the old one 4)I also changed pkgver to pkgver= makepkg -si everything works fine, don't know the best way to push it here

aya commented on 2017-06-09 02:20 (UTC)

oops seems like no tray icon with the latest kde plasma...

AndreyNovikov commented on 2017-06-08 05:33 (UTC)

fatal: unable to access '': error setting certificate verify locations: CAfile: /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt CApath: none

syl commented on 2017-06-05 10:50 (UTC)

Could someone tell me what is the point to use this client AUR version vs the online web version?

gj545rndmu commented on 2017-06-02 07:49 (UTC)

Don't the dependencies need to be updated due to libsecret? See

alexandre-mbm commented on 2017-05-31 21:23 (UTC)

After a system upgrade that unwanted behaviour has disappeared. I do not remember uninstalling anything relevant.

alexandre-mbm commented on 2017-05-20 17:08 (UTC)

Why it wants to create a new keyring? Is there how to disable this?

Ender commented on 2017-03-24 07:56 (UTC)

Hi. I would like to properly prioritize Skype traffic in my router with QoS. Is it possible to configure the policy WebRtcUdpPortRange (described here in the Chromium sandbox used in this Skype version? FYI: It's working using the Skype web version over Chromium configured with a file called /etc/chromium/policies/managed/webrtc.json with this content: { "WebRtcUdpPortRange": "40000-40030" } Thanks in advance.

bulletmark commented on 2017-03-18 23:54 (UTC)

The bug I refer to below is fixed today in the updated package xorg-server-xwayland 1.19.2-1 -> 1.19.3-1.

bulletmark commented on 2017-03-02 03:56 (UTC) (edited on 2017-03-02 23:58 (UTC) by bulletmark)

Sometimes starting v5.0.0.5 will crash your entire session if you are running GNOME on Wayland. I wrote a comment about this at PS: OK, twice I have added the message there and added journal logs showing backtrace etc but the posts get deleted!? PPS next day: Now my 1st post is back today?!

M1cha commented on 2017-03-01 14:07 (UTC)

thx for the 5.x update but you should change the package description from Alpha to Beta

looonger commented on 2017-03-01 13:40 (UTC)

Version is out!

ImNtReal commented on 2017-02-24 19:33 (UTC)

@ava1ar, that's why gnome-keyring is an optional dependency of the package.

ava1ar commented on 2017-02-24 14:03 (UTC)

On my machine, it won't autologin unless you have gnome-keyring package installed.

dschrempf commented on 2017-02-13 10:51 (UTC)

Hi, - Does anybody else have problems with connecting through a proxy server? I have the environment variable https_proxy set and all other applications work well. - Also, I cannot close skypeforlinux using hotkeys in XMonad. Thanks!

dkadioglu commented on 2016-12-19 15:15 (UTC)

There is one file left in /opt which is not necessary as it is intended for apt-get based systems. This should be removed IMHO.

bulletmark commented on 2016-11-29 22:08 (UTC)

@nicholma and @ImNtReal, yes this package should add "conflicts" and "replaces" as I have in my PKGBUILD below.

mtthw commented on 2016-11-29 12:22 (UTC)

Should this conflict with aur/skypeforlinux In the same way atom-editor conflicts with atom-editor-bin and visa versa.

indunil commented on 2016-11-28 02:14 (UTC)

Thanks! I got the

bulletmark commented on 2016-11-26 21:54 (UTC)

Anybody who can't wait can use my PKGBUILD which builds the latest available skype version as skypeforlinux-bin package. I've set pkgrel=0 so the next update of the formal package (at same or later version) will override this.

indunil commented on 2016-11-25 10:39 (UTC)

Hi , Can you give us the 1.13 version

jeancf commented on 2016-11-18 10:16 (UTC) (edited on 2016-11-30 07:47 (UTC) by jeancf)

Auto login stopped working for me on KDE Plasma 5 (Manjaro) since the latest update. What are the dependencies for it to work?

fettouhi commented on 2016-11-16 20:20 (UTC)

Is gnome-keyring now needed for this package if you want autologin to work? I am on KDE Plasma 5.

catalin.hritcu commented on 2016-10-13 04:18 (UTC)

@SeeR: I'm successfully using this without gnome-keyring. I'm on MATE, so I don't want GNOME dependencies if they are not really needed.

ngseer commented on 2016-10-12 16:10 (UTC)

From the official FAQ: "If after each launch the application still asks for credentials this means that either the gnome-keyring package is not installed on your system or that the gnome-keyring-daemon is not started. Make sure these two conditions are met". I can also confirm that without gnome-keyring application will ask for credentials at each startup. So I thought it might be useful to add gnome-keyring as a dependency.

vesath commented on 2016-10-02 18:01 (UTC)

For your information, you can generate the .SRCINFO with `makepkg --printsrcinfo > .SRCINFO` and uninstall pkgbuild-introspection completely.

jasonh commented on 2016-09-08 13:05 (UTC)

1.7 released, thanks

catalin.hritcu commented on 2016-08-11 20:33 (UTC)


ciupenhauer commented on 2016-08-11 20:03 (UTC)

I can't find a link to track the changes for each version, anyone know?

shpinog commented on 2016-08-11 19:19 (UTC)

update 1.5 now

ciupenhauer commented on 2016-08-11 13:19 (UTC)

@denixx spoke too soon, it seems with 1.4 i was able to make calls, that's excellent. thx

denixx commented on 2016-08-11 13:05 (UTC)

@ciupenhauer you can check some answers here: It's in alpha for now, so even have no video calls and also P2P chats is not supported. Some major features also is missing. You may check - it's a base thing for skypeforlinux, i think they are linked.

ciupenhauer commented on 2016-08-11 12:58 (UTC)

can you guys make calls with this? i thought it was supposed to work in the official build, but not sure

nolche commented on 2016-08-03 09:17 (UTC)

Some conversations is invisible. Will them has been update?

Chaeris commented on 2016-07-29 14:22 (UTC) (edited on 2016-09-02 21:40 (UTC) by Chaeris)

Whenever it starts and tries to login, I need to give my admin password for it to continue logging in. It's very frustrating knowing it comes from a PRISM'd company like Microsoft. Any fix for this ? No other version of Skype needs admin password just to login EDIT : it's just the key to unlock the computer's gnome-keyring, it's a local configuration issue, nothing to deal with the application.

ItachiSan commented on 2016-07-14 09:39 (UTC) (edited on 2016-07-14 09:39 (UTC) by ItachiSan)

I would suggest for the source URL: "${pkgname:0:1}/${pkgname}/${pkgname}_${pkgver}_amd64.deb" It is better in my opinion, as it is more consistent with the package name and package version.

gourdcaptain commented on 2016-07-13 22:06 (UTC)

This requires libgnome-keyring but not gnome-keyring, and I think it might need the actual gnome-keyring package to work, which I don't have installed. The debtap translated version DID install gnome-keyring, which might be why it worked. Think I'm just still going to use "chromium" though.

ImNtReal commented on 2016-07-13 22:04 (UTC)

I just got home, and was finally able to test without being behind a web proxy. Works fine for me. Are you still having trouble connecting?

gourdcaptain commented on 2016-07-13 21:25 (UTC)

Yeah, I get the same "Cannot connect to Skype" error with it. Got it working earlier today (although it's not great even then, IMHO) with debtap after modding the .install file heavily, so it's probably an issue wth the packaging here.

hpstg commented on 2016-07-13 17:07 (UTC)

Does anyone get a "Sorry we couldn't connect to Skype" error when running it?

andre.vmatos commented on 2016-07-13 15:41 (UTC)

Actually, it is, but it is working. Thanks for the package.

lonaowna commented on 2016-07-13 15:04 (UTC) (edited on 2016-07-13 15:05 (UTC) by lonaowna)

The version is incorrect. see Help>About Skype: Version: BTW: you're fast :P