Working skype links

Howto making skype link work

So here’s a short description of how to make skype: links in your browser work.

Applies to Mozilla (Firefox) and Konqueror. Assumes you have skype-action-handler installed in /usr/bin – adjust path as appropriate.

### For Mozilla (Firefox)

  • Open Mozilla (Firefox)
  • Type about:config in the address-bar to open the configuration editor.
  • Use the scroll bar to navigate to the network.protocol… section.
  • Check if the network protocol section includes a network.protocol-handler.app.skype key.
  • If a key exists, edit it. If no key exists, create a key by right-clicking on any key and selecting New -> String from the pull-down menu.
  • Enter network.protocol-handler.app.skype as the key name.
  • Enter /usr/bin/skype-action-handler as the key value.

### For Konqueror

Locate the KDE services directory (it most probably will be ~/.kde/share/services/ for you). In this directory, create a file named skype.protocol. Add the following code to this file:

[1]
exec=/usr/bin/skype-action-handler “%u”
protocol=skype
input=none
output=none
helper=true
listing=false
reading=false
writing=false
makedir=false
deleting=false

When you restart Konqueror, the action handler will work.

### For Opera

(courtesy of ZennouRyuu)

  • Click on Tools>>Preferences>>Advanced>>Programs then click “Add”
  • In the “Protocol” field enter skype and then select “Open With Other Application” and in the box enter /usr/bin/skype-action-handler

That is it, it works straight away.

### For GNOME-aware browsers (Epiphany, Firefox 1.5)

(courtesy of sebi)

Run the following two commands:

/usr/bin/gconftool-2 -s -t string /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/skype/command ‘/usr/bin/skype-action-handler “%s”‘
/usr/bin/gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/skype/enabled true

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