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Pidgin Plugins in Empath Chat on Linux

For the chatters, Empathy IM is one of the best tools at hand. It’s the default IM client for GNOME desktops. However, it lacks the power of extendibility as there’s no plugin support. Luckily, there’s a way that you can load Pidgin plugins in the Empathy IM. Thanks to Telepathy Haze, it’s possible to use those plugins without any problem.

Installing Pidgin Plugins in Empathy

Run the following command(s) according to your Linux distro.

  • Ubuntu
sudo apt install telepathy-haze
  • Debian
sudo apt-get install telepathy-haze
  • Fedora
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sudo dnf install telepathy-haze
  • OpenSUSE
sudo zypper install telepathy-haze
  • Arch Linux
sudo pacman -S telepathy-haze
  • Other distro

We have to build the program from source. Run the following commands accordingly.

curl https://telepathy.freedesktop.org/releases/telepathy-haze/telepathy-haze-0.8.0.tar.gz > telepathy-haze.tar.gz

tar -xzvf telepathy-haze.tar.gz
cd telepathy-haze-0.8.0

Now, you may need to install additional dependencies depending on your system. Run the following commands for having a better understanding of the requirements.

cat README | more
cat INSTALL | more

Now, run the commands for completing the installation process.


# Make sure that everything is working fine
make check

make install

Note that if you faced any dependency error, you may look out for the required package on Pkgs.org.

Installing Empathy

Before moving further, we have to have the Empathy IM installed in our system, right? Run the command(s) according to your distro.

  • Ubuntu
sudo apt install empathy
  • Debian
sudo apt-get install empathy
  • Fedora
sudo dnf install empathy
  • OpenSUSE
sudo zypper install empathy
  • Arch Linux
sudo pacman -S empathy
  • Other distro

For installing in other distros, GNOME describes the installation process in details. Follow the official instruction. Search for the dependencies listed there. Then, you can download and install Empathy IM from GitHub.

Now, everything should be working fine. You have to install your favorite plugins from the official Pidgin page. After installing, Empathy will automatically find those out. Note that in case of some plugins, you may need to perform some additional tasks.

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