Install pidgin 2.10.12 IM Chat Client on Linux

Pidgin is an easy to use and free IM chat client used by millions with support 83 languages. It support wide range of chat networks such as AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MXit, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo! & Zephyr. we can login to more than one account at a same time and possible to chat with different network simultaneously which was amazing feature also support more plugins. Currently pidgin runs on windows and Linux boxs smoothly but OS X not shure. Pidgin support stand features like file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. By default pidgin integrates with the system tray on Windows, GNOME2, KDE 3, and KDE 4. pidgin is active development the latest release of pidgin 2.10.12 released on January 02, 2016 with few improvements.

1) Install pidgin in Ubuntu/Mint/Debian

We can easily install pidgin in Debian based system using distro official Repo.

$ sudo apt-get install pidgin

2) Install MPlayer in CentOS/RHEL/Fedora

We can install pidgin in CentOS/RHEL system by enabling EPEL Repository and Fedora we can install it directly from EPEL Repo.

$ sudo yum install pidgin

3) Install pidgin in openSUSE

We can install pidgin in openSUSE system directly from openSUSE Repository.

$ sudo zypper install pidgin

4) Install pidgin from source

At this moment non of the Repository having pidgin 2.10.12, so i’m going to install from source.

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential intltool
$ sudo wget
$ sudo tar -xjvf pidgin-2.10.12.tar.bz2
$ cd pidgin-2.10.12
$ sudo ./configure

# configure: error: GLib 2.16.0, run below command #
$ sudo apt-get build-dep pidgin
$ sudo ./configure
$ sudo make
$ sudo make install

# Launch #
$ pidgin

# Remove pidgin #
$ sudo make uninstall


Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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