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Pidgin is chatting software for Linux. It features as well instant messaging as instant relay chat.

Get it

To install Pidgin, find out your distribution and proceed accordingly:


This description has worked for SLES 11 on 2011-05-02.

      • unpack it
bunzip2 intltool-0.35.5.tar.bz2
tar xvf intltool-0.35.5.tar
      • install it
cd intltool-0.35.5/
./configure && make -j8 && make install
    • from yast
yast -i libxml2-devel libidn-devel meanwhile-devel libavahi-devel dbus-1-glib-devel NetworkManager-devel libgnutls-devel \
tcl-devel tk-devel
    • also install all avahi libs that you see fit
  • unzip Pidgin
bunzip2 pidgin-2.7.11.tar.bz2
tar xvf pidgin-2.7.11.tar
  • install Pidgin
cd pidgin-2.7.11/
./configure --disable-vv && make -j8 && make install
  • for running, you will need libpurple, so do a
yast -i libpurple


To compile plugins you may need libpurple-devel.