This article helps to fix video issue on Skype installed on Linux. Refer to the solution section for resolution.


  • How to get Skype video working with Linux/Fedora/Ubuntu/Debina/Centos/RHEL?
  • Skype video is not working on Linux.
  • Webcam is not working for Skype on Linux.


  • Make sure that libv4l package is installed on the system.

  • libv4l is a collection of libraries which adds a thin abstraction layer on top of video4linux2 devices. The purpose of this (thin) layer is to make it easy for application writers to support a wide variety of devices without having to write separate code for different devices in the same class.

  • libv4l consists of 3 different libraries: libv4lconvert, libv4l1 and libv4l2.

  • libv4lconvert offers functions to convert from any (known) pixel-format to V4l2_PIX_FMT_BGR24 or V4l2_PIX_FMT_YUV420.

  • If the library package libv4l is not found default in OS repository then we check at to download the library manually for installation.

Start Skype on Fedora/CentOS/RHEL/Scientific Linux
  • After libv4l package is installed execute the following command in command line to declare a variable LD_PRELOAD for libv4l library path and then lunch Skype.
$ env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skypeforlinux

  • To make this permanent, modify the exec parameter in the Skype application launcher program file /usr/share/applications/skypeforlinux.desktop and add the same command listed above.
$ cat /usr/share/applications/skypeforlinux.desktop |head

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Skype Internet Telephony
Exec=env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skypeforlinux %U

Start Skype on Debian/Ubuntu
  • Install libv4l package
$ sudo apt-get build-dep v4l-utils v4l-conf v4l2ucp libwebcam0 sudo
$ apt-get install v4l-utils v4l-conf v4l2ucp libwebcam0

  • Locate libv4l installed library location
$ locate
$ locate skype

  • For example following is the result of above locate command

  • Now start Skype from command line using the following command
$ env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skypeforlinux

In order to make it permanent for every time, modify the application launcher as per the steps given for Fedora/RHEL/Centos.

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