Pidgin – All in One Instant Messenger for Linux

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Pidgin is a free open source instant messaging client based on libpurple library. It is written in C using GTK+ library and supports almost all popular instant messaging protocol. You can chat with multiple accounts by being online at the same time.

Feature Summary – Pidgin

  • Protocol Support: AIM, Bonjour, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Yahoo, MSN, IRC, ICQ, XMPP and many more.
  • New email notification
  • Customised buddy icon
  • Third party plugin support
  • Smiley, Math fomula support on chat
  • Tabbed chat window
  • Integration with system tray (GNOME and KDE)
  • Popup display for new messages

How to install

To install Pidgin in Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, elementary OS using terminal run below commands in sequence. Enter password when prompted.

sudo apt-get install pidgin

Install pidgin on Fedora

sudo yum -y install pidgin

Install pidgin on Arch

ArchLinux Wiki


  • Type Pidgin in dash. Click the launcher icon.
  • For Gnome, go to Applications -> Internet -> Pidgin
Pidgin running in Linux Mint
Pidgin running in Linux Mint


How to Uninstall

To uninstall Pidgin from Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, elementary OS run below commands in terminal.

sudo apt-get remove pidgin

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