Pidgin Plugins in Empath Chat on Linux

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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

  • Debian

  • Fedora

  • OpenSUSE

  • Arch Linux

  • Other distro

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

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

Now, run the commands for completing the installation process.

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

  • Debian

  • Fedora

  • OpenSUSE

  • Arch Linux

  • 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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