Introduction to Pidgin

Pidgin is a Gtk+ 2 instant messaging client that can connect with a wide range of networks including AIM, ICQ, GroupWise, MSN, Jabber, IRC, Napster, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Zephyr and Yahoo!

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.4 platform.

Package Information

Pidgin Dependencies


GTK+-2.24.20 and XML::Parser-2.41


SSL support is required for the MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Novel Groupwise and Google Talk protocol plugins. GnuTLS is the preferred method (the Mozilla NSS API is more likely to change and this can cause problems).


Avahi-0.6.31 (required for the Bonjour plugin), Check-0.9.10 (only used during the test suite), Cyrus SASL-2.1.26, dbus-glib-0.100.2, Evolution Data Server, Farstream (Version 0.1) (required for video and voice support), GConf-3.2.6, GStreamer-0.10.36 (required for audio support), Gtkspell, Intltool-0.50.2, libidn-1.28, libgadu, Meanwhile (required for Sametime protocol support), MIT Kerberos V5-1.11.3 (required for Kerberos support in the Zephyr module), NetworkManager-, SILC Client, SILC Toolkit, startup-notification-0.12, SQLite- (required for the Contact Availability Prediction plugin), Tcl-8.6.0, and Zephyr

User Notes:

Installation of Pidgin

Compile Pidgin by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr       \
            --sysconfdir=/etc   \
            --disable-avahi     \
            --disable-dbus      \
            --disable-gtkspell  \
            --disable-gstreamer \
            --disable-meanwhile \
            --disable-idn       \
            --disable-nm        \
            --disable-vv        \
            --disable-tcl &&

If you have Doxygen-1.8.5 installed (Graphviz-2.34.0 can be used also) and you wish to create the API documentation, issue: make docs

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
mkdir -pv /usr/share/doc/pidgin-2.10.7 &&
cp -v README doc/gtkrc-2.0 /usr/share/doc/pidgin-2.10.7

If you created the API documentation, install it using the following commands as the root user:

mkdir -pv /usr/share/doc/pidgin-2.10.7/api &&
cp -v doc/html/* /usr/share/doc/pidgin-2.10.7/api

Command Explanations

--disable-avahi: Remove this switch if you've installed Avahi-0.6.31.

--disable-dbus: Remove this switch if you've installed D-Bus-1.6.14.

--disable-gtkspell: Spellchecking. Remove this switch if you've installed Gtkspell.

--disable-gstreamer: Sounds. Remove this switch if you've installed GStreamer-0.10.36.

--disable-meanwhile: Remove this switch if you've installed Meanwhile.

--disable-idn: Remove this switch if you've installed libidn-1.28.

--disable-nm: Remove this switch if you've installed NetworkManager-

--disable-vv: Video and voice. Remove this switch if you've installed Farstream (Version 0.1).

--disable-tcl: Remove this switch if you've installed Tcl-8.6.0.

--enable-cyrus-sasl: Use this switch if you've installed Cyrus SASL-2.1.26 and wish to build Pidgin with SASL support.

--disable-gnutls: Use this switch if you've got both GnuTLS-3.2.4 and NSS-3.15.1 installed, but want to use NSS-3.15.1 for the SSL support.

Configuring Pidgin

Config Files

~/.purple/* and ~/.gtkrc-02

Configuration Information

Most configuration can be accomplished by using the various preference settings inside the programs. Additionally, you can create a ~/.gtkrc-02 file which can store gtk+-2 theme settings that affect Pidgin and other Gtk+ 2 applications. Note that an example gtkrc-02 file was installed during the package installation and can be used as a starting point or reference.


Installed Programs: finch, pidgin, purple-client-example, purple-remote, purple-send, purple-send-async, and purple-url-handler
Installed Library:,, and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/finch, /usr/include/gnt, /usr/include/libpurple, /usr/include/pidgin, /usr/lib/finch, /usr/lib/gnt, /usr/lib/pidgin, /usr/lib/purple-2, /usr/share/doc/pidgin-2.10.7, /usr/share/pixmaps/pidgin, /usr/share/purple, and /usr/share/sounds/purple

Short Descriptions


is a GTK+ 2 instant messaging client.


is a text-based instant messaging client.

Last updated on 2013-09-06 12:06:41 -0700