Install Pidgin 2.6.1 in Ubuntu

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Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.

New Features in Pidgin 2.6.x

  • Voice & Video framework and theme support in libpurple
  • Add support for receiving handwritten (ink) messages and audio clips on MSN
  • XMPP: Voice & Video support with Jingle, voice support with GTalk and voice and video support with the GMail web client
  • Yahoo!: P2P file transfers

If you want to know full changes for pidgin 2.6.x check here

Note:- Before installing new version please remove the existing pidgin version

Install latest version in Ubuntu

Method 1 (Recommended)

You can download all the .deb packages from here

Install .deb packages using the following command

sudo dpkg -i packagename

Method 2

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add one of the following lines

For ubuntu Jaunty Users

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

For ubuntu Intrepid Users

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

Save and Exit the file

Add GPG key using the following command

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 67265eb522bdd6b1c69e66ed7fb8bee0a1f196a8

Update the source list

sudo apt-get update

Install pidgin using the following command

sudo apt-get install pidgin

Note:- This PPA is maintained by one developer, so please be patient. It often lags behind the source releases a couple of days.

Preferred method is first method

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16 Responses

  1. Oleg Atamanenko says:

    The second method is much more correct.

  2. slumbergod says:

    I gave up waiting for it to appear in the developer’s repo so I installed the getdeb packages.

    Unfortunately, it looks like at this stage it is only supporting XMPP accounts and it is disabled in Jaunty because the library versions are not new enough.

  3. alakond says:

    last version:
    Ubuntu Jaunty 32 bits – 2.6.1
    Ubuntu Jaunty 64 bits – 2.6.1
    Ubuntu Intrepid 32 bits – 2.5.5
    Ubuntu Intrepid 64 bits – 2.5.5
    Ubuntu Hardy 32 bits – 2.6.1
    Ubuntu Hardy 64 bits – 2.6.1

    Method 2, for intrepid not work.

  4. W.D says:

    How does Google video chat work with pidgin? Can’t find any options…

  5. legolas wood says:

    Can not enalbel the voice or video either, there is no option available to use them :O

  6. robo47 says:

    Will the plugin-pack, encryption and otr-packackge from the jaunty sources still work with method 1 or method 2 ?
    or will i need new .debs for them too ?

  7. LGB says:

    After installing, pidgin reported that I have no accounts configured … Which is strange since they were. So I had to reconfigure all my accounts based on data from accounts.xml, strangely the new pidgin stores the result there too, so I have no idea why I should redo this process …

  8. NBS says:

    I install it from getdeb on Jaunty, I don’t understant how to use the video, there is no option at all!

    And do you know if there is some place where we can have some new theme since this seem to be one of the new features?

  9. Aswin says:

    There is no option for video or voice chat.

  10. Michael says:

    Looking over things, it appears that the Voice and Video are Disabled be default. This was viewed from the help screen at the bottom going through the configuration. So it appears that the packages were not compiled with this support included. Am I correct or have I over looked something?

  11. slumbergod says:

    If you want video and voice you have to install the required versions of the libraries (not in Jaunty’s Repos) and then compile it for yourself.

    Otherwise you can wait for Koala.

  12. jarwadi says:

    Anyone give me clue, after I upgrade pidgin by using method 1 it is ok to chat with my gmail account but I am unable to connect to yahoo

    Thanks for help

  13. Deafboy says:

    Let me laugh. It is not posible to use videochat yet in Ubuntu jaunty. It will be possible in karmic, where pidgin is not included as default IM client.

    Sounds absolutely logical 😀

  14. says:

    The pidgin PPA is yet to be updated, for Jaunty we need these

    libgstfarsight0.10-0, libpurple0, libpurple-bin,
    pidgin-data, libpurple-bin, pidgin-data and pidgin

  15. says:

    Now the PPA is up and running :O)

  16. Good tutorial. But I have a question. When I create 2 accounts (one is mine and the other one belongs to my sister), Pidgin mixes the friends of both accounts in one window. I mean I want to be like in Multi Messenger on Windows: each one has his own window with his friends. Not one window..and there all our friends mixed. Can I do this?

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