Install Skype 4.3 in Arch Linux / Manjaro

Hi there,

Skype just released version 4.3 for linux. You can read this article  from OMG Ubuntu! to see what's new in 4.3

Long story short:

  • native notifications

  • UI improvements (new toolbar, better login screen, design changes)

  • floating widget for Call

  • cloud based Group Chat

  • support for PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0

Currently, the AUR "multilib/skype" package is not upgraded to 4.3. If you don't wish to wait, here's what you must do:

  1. Download Skype -> (Choose "Dynamic" from distribution dropdown)

  2. Extract the archive
    cd Downloads

    tar -xjf skype-4.3.*

  3. Move the contents of the extracted folder to /opt/skype
    sudo mkdir /opt/skype

    sudo mv skype-4.3.*/* /opt/skype

  4. Edit /usr/bin/skype , and change the exec  command path to exec "/opt/skype/skype" "$@" 


    if [[ -e "$LIBDIR/libv4l/" ]]; then
    export LD_PRELOAD="${LD_PRELOAD:+$LD_PRELOAD:}$LIBDIR/libv4l/"

    if [[ -e "/usr/share/skype/lib/" ]]; then
    export LD_PRELOAD="${LD_PRELOAD:+$LD_PRELOAD:}/usr/share/skype/lib/"

    # exec "$LIBDIR/skype/skype" "$@" # (old one)
    exec "/opt/skype/skype" "$@"


  1. If somebody wants a PKGBUILD, I have an updated copy on my github repoIf there are any issues, just open a bug report there.

  2. Thanks for this. Simple to do and works a treat.


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