Opened 11 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

#7358 closed enhancement (invalid)

get online status of skype contacts in pigin

Reported by: daniela_waranie Owned by:
Milestone: Plugin Suggested Component: plugins
Version: 2.5.2 Keywords:


First of all: I know the skype protocol is not open and can not be implemented in pidgin at the moment. I know as long as the skype protocol is closed source code we are not able to replace skype by pidgin. But maybe we can prevent us from runing skype parallel to pidgin the whole time.

You can see the online status of a skype contact via web:

I know this works only if the contact activates an option in skype to publish his status online.

I would like to see in pidgin if a skype contact is online. You should be able to add a fake 'skype account' in pidgin with a fake 'skype protocol'. You should be able to add a buddy 'theSkypeContactNameHere' for this fake skype account and add it to a group. Pidgin should get the online status for skype contacts via the above URL. Returned information of the above URL is a image/png. To detect what status was returned pidgin can compair the image with a set of expected images or just by checking the file size. Online is 579 Bytes, Offline is 491 Bytes and so on.

Now i´m able to set a pounce to this contact, but without 'send a message' and the '...typing' pounces. Very powerful i think.

When the skype contact is online pidgin can be the skype launcher to start the chat (instant messaging session) by executing:


This prevent me having skype active all the time. I know as long as my skype is not online other skype user can not see that i´m online. That is ok for me. Maybe someone knows how to set my skype online status without using the skype client... (could be a further improvement).

I know it is not a full solution but one step to get more of skype integrated in pidgin. Pidgin could be the first multi messanger with skype (partly) integrated.

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by rekkanoryo

  • Milestone set to Plugin Suggested

This request is best implemented as a plugin. Currently we as Pidgin developers are not interested in implementing it. This ticket remains open as an invitation for someone to write a plugin fulfilling the request.

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by Paradox

Eion Robb has written a plugin to allow Skype IMs using Pidgin and adding Skype buddies to the Pidgin buddy list.

You can find out more (and download) from or

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by lschiere

  • Owner lschiere deleted

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by salinasv

  • Component changed from unclassified to plugins
  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

Please report this issue on the protocol plugin site. Skype is not currently supported by the libpurple core.

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