Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Using Pidgin For All Of Your Messaging Needs

If you are like me and have many different instant messaging clients and seem to have them all open at once so you can chat with all of your friends at the same time across multiple clients. Well there is a program that has integrated most of the top messengers into one place. Pidgin is a messaging client that integrates many different messaging services into one place. It has a very clean and easy to use interface that manages all of your accounts at one time. There are many different protocols built into the interface such as:  AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, XMPP, ICQ, IRC, SILC, SIP/SIMPLE, Novell GroupWise, Lotus Sametime, Bonjour, Zephyr, MySpaceIM, Gadu-Gadu, and QQ. With all of these different messaging services built into the program you should be able to have all of your accounts in one easy to use interface. So lets get started now shall we.

1. You just have to download and install the latest version from one of the various sources: or from
(Most Linux
distributions have this already preinstalled or you can install from your package manager.)

2. Lets setup your accounts. When you first start the program for the first time you should be greeted with a message like the one below.

3. Then you simply click on add and choose the protocol from the drop down menu that you want to add. Then just fill out your account information that pertains to that protocol and then click on save.

4. Then to add more accounts you can click on add from the start-up window if you still have it open or you can goto > Accounts > Manage Accounts then select add from the window that opens. Then just keep doing this until you have all of your accounts setup.

Have fun with pidgin it is truly a great messaging client I myself use it all the time. Pidgin makes it vary easy to manage many accounts in one simple environment.


raphoenix said...

Very Informative.

NatE said...


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