Install Pidgin 2.6.1 in Ubuntu
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
Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Add one of the following lines
For ubuntu Jaunty Users
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
For ubuntu Intrepid Users
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
Save and Exit the file
Add GPG key using the following command
sudo apt-key adv
--keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 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
The second method is much more correct.
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.
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.
How does Google video chat work with pidgin? Can’t find any options…
Can not enalbel the voice or video either, there is no option available to use them :O
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 ?
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 …
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?
There is no option for video or voice chat.
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?
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.
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
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 😀
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
Now the PPA is up and running :O)
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?