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This is a guide to Pidgin, a free-as-in-freedom instant messaging client with support for many messaging protocols.

Accounts[edit | edit source]

To add an existing account:

  1. Accounts > Manage Accounts
  2. Click "Add".
  3. Fill-in the form, choosing Protocol, entering User Name, and switching between Basic, Advanced, and Proxy tabs.
    If you choose to enter password, beware that it is stored on your computer unencrypted. From a security standpoint, entering your password to be stored with your account is inadvisable.
  4. Click "Add".

To disable an account without deleting it:

  1. Accounts > Manage Accounts
  2. Uncheck "Enabled" at the account

To delete an account:

  1. Accounts > Manage Accounts
  2. Select the account.
  3. Click "Delete"

Logging[edit | edit source]

By default, Pidgin logs all instant messages you send and receive to a file. To change this:

  1. Tools > Preferences
  2. Logging
  3. Uncheck "Log all instant messages"

Buddies[edit | edit source]

To add a buddy:

  1. Buddies > Add Buddy...
  2. Fill-in the form

To remove a buddy:

  1. Right-click on the buddy in the buddy list
  2. Choose Remove

Chat[edit | edit source]

To start a chat:

  1. Buddies > Add Chat...
  2. Enter Room, Exchange, Alias and Group

Files[edit | edit source]

To send a file to a buddy:

  1. Right-click on the buddy in the buddy list
  2. Choose Send File...

Protocols[edit | edit source]

Supported protocols:

  • Bonjour
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • IRC
  • Lotus Sametime
  • MySpaceIM
  • MXit
  • MSNP
  • Novell GroupWise
  • OSCAR (AIM, ICQ, MobileMe)
  • SILC
  • XMPP/Jingle (Google Talk, Jabber, Facebook Chat, LJ Talk, Gizmo5, etc.)
  • YMSG (YIM only basic chat and file transfers)
  • Zephyr

Shortcuts[edit | edit source]

Keyboards shortcuts:

  • New Instant Message...: Ctrl+M
  • Join a Chat...: Ctrl+C
  • Get User Info...: Ctrl+I
  • View User Log...: Ctrl+L
  • Add Buddy...: Ctrl+B
  • Quit: Ctrl+Q
  • ----
  • Manage Accounts: Ctrl+A
  • ----
  • Custom Smileys: Ctrl+Y
  • Plugins: Ctrl+U
  • Preferences: Ctrl+P
  • Set Mood: Ctrl+D
  • File Transfers: Ctrl+T
  • Mute Sounds: Ctrl+S
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  • Online Help: F1

Preferences[edit | edit source]

To edits preferences aka settings:

  • Tools > Preferences

Versions[edit | edit source]

The latest release is 2.10.7 from 2013-02-14.


Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also Commons:Category:Pidgin (instant messaging client).

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]