Install Empathy in Ubuntu Jaunty/Intrepid/Hardy

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Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, and video chat and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application.

Empathy uses Telepathy for protocol support and has a user interface based on Gossip. Empathy is the default chat client in current versions of GNOME, making it easier for other GNOME applications to integrate collaboration functionality using Telepathy.

Current features

* Multi-protocol: Google Talk (Jabber/XMPP), MSN, IRC, Salut, AIM, Facebook, Yahoo!, Gadu Gadu, Groupwise, ICQ and QQ. (Supported protocols depend on installed Telepathy Connection Manager components.) Supports all protocols supported by Pidgin.
* File transfer for XMPP, and local networks.
* Voice and video call using SIP, XMPP, Google Talk and MSN.
* Some IRC support.
* Conversation theming (see list of supported Adium themes).
* Sharing and viewing location information.
* Private and group chat (with smileys and spell checking).
o Empathy Conversation window
* Conversation logging.
* Automatic away and extended away presence.
* Automatic reconnection using Network Manager.
* Python bindings for libempathy and libempathy-gtk
* Support for collaborative applications (“tubes”).

Install Empathy in Ubuntu Jaunty/Intrepid/Hardy

First you need to edit /etc/apt/sources.lst file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add one of the following

For Jaunty Users

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

For Intrepid Users

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

For Hardy Users

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

Save and exit the file

Add GPG key

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver FA3A1271

Update the source list

sudo apt-get update

Install Empathy using the following command

sudo apt-get install empathy

If you want to install support for SIP, MSN, IRC and voice & video

sudo apt-get install telepathy-sofiasip telepathy-butterfly telepathy-idle libtelepathy-farsight0 python-tpfarsight

Now you can open empathy from Applications->Internet->Empathy IM Client

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3 Responses

  1. Jaya says:

    What about instructions for getting empathy working under Karmic, especially video chat with Google talk?

    Thanks and appreciate Your tips.

  2. Dan says:

    Good question. I’ve yet been able to launch a video gchat with others who are using google’s web interface. I think it’s still being developed, you can follow this link to learn how to report your bug

  3. MmmaryCiminieri says:

    Thanks, I’ve been trying for a while to install Empathy. It worked just fine =)

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