Run Skype on Raspberry Pi


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Run Skype on Raspberry Pi

STORY

Skype is available on many platforms but not on Raspberry Pi (or ARM-based Chromebooks). In this post we will tell you how to run Skype on Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 using ExaGear Desktop, which allows to run x86 apps on ARM mini PCs.

We had a lot of requests about running Skype with ExaGear, but could not publish a corresponding instruction earlier. The thing is that for playing sound Skype uses PulseAudio sound server, which was not stable on Raspberry Pi. Fortunately starting with Raspbian launched in May 2016 things have become better. Below we give some hints how to configure PulseAudio and run Skype on your RPi 2 or RPi 3.

P.S.: keep in mind that with ExaGear Desktop you can use not only Skype, but other chat (e.g. Telegram), music (e.g. Spotify), productivity (e.g. Dropbox) and many other apps on your Raspberry Pi.

Skype installation instruction

Configure host Raspbian system

1. Configure PulseAudio. Remove the volumealsa plugin from the taskbar – just right-click anywhere on the taskbar, choose “Add/Remove Panel Items”, and remove the “Volume Control (ALSA)” item from the list.

Configure host Raspbian system

2. Reboot the system to apply PuleAudio configuration changes.

3. Please note that you should set your Raspberry Pi 2 device overclocked in order to achieve good quality Skype voice calls. Open Terminal (command line) and execute the following command:

$ sudo raspi-config

Select Overclock section and then “Pi2″ (1000 MHz).

Install ExaGear Desktop

4. Download ExaGear Desktop archive with installation packages and license key. Unpack downloaded archive using the following command in Terminal:

$ tar -xvzpf exagear-desktop-rpi3.tar.gz

5. Install and activate ExaGear on your ARM device by running install-exagear.sh script in a directory with deb packages and one license key:

$ sudo ./install-exagear.sh

Launch guest x86 system

6. Enter the guest x86 system using the following command:

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