Install Pidgin Instant Messanger in Ubuntu

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Pidgin is a graphical IM program that lets you sign on to AIM, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, and other IM networks. It uses GTK+. It was formerly called Gaim.

Install Pidgin in Ubuntu

Download pidgin beta using the following command or from here


Install the .deb package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i pidgin_2.0.0beta7devel.vicox-1_i386.deb

This will install all the required packages for pidgin.

If you want to open pidgin go to Applications—>Internet—>Pidgin Instant Messanger

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen here you need to click on add

Now you need to add your username and password and click on save

Once you loggedin you should see similar to following screen

Pidgin Supported Protocols list

Pidgin Version Details

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41 Responses

  1. Hope says:


    I’ve upgraded from Gaim to Pidgin without any problems with the software, but my connection as it relates to Pidgin won’t work.

    I’ve got my accounts configured the way I want them, and I’ll try to sign in. After about half an hour, the connection will time-out and I can’t sign-on at all.

    Any ideas? I’ve heard that my router could be blocking the ports that Pidgin wants to use, or that it could be my firewall, but seeing as I haven’t got one of those, it’s not likely.


  2. tyler says:


    Just got the debs from of Pidgin 2.0.2 and decided to blindly install with gaim (2.0 beta6) still installed, and it went perfectly!

    Everything is how I left it – same profile data, accounts, passwords, even my away msg is still up :P! The only that was the initial connection took about 10 seconds and had me slightly worried for a few seconds.

    Just tested and gaim still works too 🙂

  3. botzko says:

    I use Slackware and there is ‘play’ – play sound files. I use it to play sound on events 🙂 ‘play –file=%s’

  4. kehan says:

    ubuntu-desktop is a metapackage that depends on all the other packages that make up the ubuntu desktop but doesn’t actually contain any code/software itself – it is perfectly safe to remove once ubuntu is installed.

  5. Ross says:

    I went to and got the version of Pidgin for the AMD 64, since the specific one mentioned here didn’t apply to me. However, upon trying to open it, I get a package installer screen that will not allow me to click the “Install Package” button. Instead, it says, “Status: Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: pidgin-data”. Ilp am a complete n00b when it comes to Ubuntu, but I have been trying it out for a day and have been on forum after forum looking for answers. Any help is much appreciated.

  6. Ross says:

    I have answered my own question, thank you.

  7. dave says:

    I have installed okay but without xmpp how can I get gtalk to work?

  8. Eva says:

    Okay, I have been using Unbuntu for a little less than a month, and it’s fantastic. I can do so much more than I could on Windows, but a few days ago, my Pidgin wouldn’t work. So I’ve been using retarded Windows XP just to talk to my friends.

    ” *****@****.com disabled.

    Unable to authenticate: Authentication failure.”

    That’s what it says when I open the buddy list for Pidgin. Can you help me fix it?

  9. Will says:

    Anybody having problems with pidgin away autoresponse? I have all my options checked and when I set away autorespond on, it doesn’t autorespond. This worked fine in gaim 1.5. Couldn’t get it to work in either Gaim 2.0 beta or Pidgin.

  10. Lottie says:

    Yerrrh, its cool but I have it on my new Dell laptop which as webcam and since I’m only a teenager and it doesn’t use webcam it’s annoying!
    Still cool though!

  11. clla says:

    Thank u very very much! I must use ubuntu even if I don’t want, and I couldn’t use my messanger contact because I thought it’s impossible..but with your direction I can, thanks =D
    ps. sorry for grammar and elementary vocaboulary, I’m Italian xD

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