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Third-Party Plugins

Pidgin has a large number of plugins that add functionality.

Individual plugins are not supported officially. Use the appropriate plugin website to get help.

Additional Protocols

Protocol Name Downloads Website Short Description
Facebook IM 10,000-50,000 Go Social network
XFire 10,000-50,000 Go Gaming network
msn-pecan 1,000-10,000 Go Alternative MSN access
Netsoul 1,000-10,000 Go French network
Rediffbol 1,000-10,000 Go Indian network
Microblog 1,000-10,000 Go Twitter updates
CyanChat 0-1,000 Go
SIP-e (MS Communicator) 0-1,000 Go
WinMX Peer Network 0-1,000 Go File sharing network
NateOn Unknown Go Korean network Unknown Go Polish network

Security and Privacy

Protocol Name Downloads Website Short Description
Pidgin-Encryption 10,000-50,000 Go Encrypts coversations using stored RSA keys
Bot Sentry 1,000-10,000 Go Stop spam bots
Pidgin-Paranoia 0-1,000 Go Encrypts conversations using one-time pads
Pidgin-privacy-please 0-1,000 Go Stop spam bots
Off-the-Record Messaging Unknown Go Encrypts conversations and provides security even when keys are compromised

Profile and status updates

Protocol Name Downloads Website Short Description
Music Tracker 1,000-10,000 Go Displays the music track currently playing in the status message. Supports a wide range of audio players.
Last.FM Plugin 0-1,000 Go Shows information from your Last.FM / Audioscrobbler profile in your status message.
Twitter in your Profile 0-1,000 Go Insert your Twitter history into your profile. It gets updated periodically.
Pidgin-Identica-Status 0-1,000 Go Use a feed from as your Pidgin status.
MusicInfo Unknown Go Displays the currently-playing music in your status message and profile. Winamp API compatible.


Protocol Name Website Short Description
Guifications Go Provides "toaster" popup notifications.
Led-notification Go Provides notifications with laptops' extra LEDs and similar
Pidgin Snarl Go Notifications using Snarl on Windows
gSMS Go Provides sms notification of received chats while the user is away. Sms notificiation is provided by Google Calendar service.
MX610-notification Go Provides notifications with Logitech MX610's IM led
Smart Ear Go Customized per-buddy sound events
Audible Alerts Go Audible notification of a received IM by reading the buddy's screen name
Mumbles-project Plugin Go Pidgin Plugin for mumbles-project - modern notification system for Gnome (linux only).

Interface tweaks

Plugin Name Website Short Description
Extended Buddy List Sort Go Adds more buddy list sorting options
Character Counter Go Plugin for displaying the character count of the current message.
Lazy Bums Go Sends a configurable message on the click of a button.
Pidgin Windows Position Manager Go Places new conversation windows intelligently in Windows (i.e. doesn't always put them in the top left corner).
Quote selected text Go Quick specify message to answer
Session Save Go Session Save will remember what conversation windows you had open the last time you used Pidgin, and re-open them for you when you sign on.
Smiley Shortcuts Go Inserts a smiley on ctrl+(number) combination.
YCaptcha Go Displays Yahoo! Chat captchas in a dialog instead of a browser.

Accounts and logs

Protocol Name Downloads Website Short Description
Dexrex Unknown Go Allows you to store your logs online for free accessible and searchable anywhere
IM-History Plugin Unknown Go Provides easy and convenient way to store your chats and contact list online (using service).
Web Pidgin Unknown Go Access buddy list and conversations via mobile web browsers
logstatus Unknown Go Logs all the status changes to the buddy history.


Plugin Name Website Short Description
DockApp Go or Go Allows Pidgin to appear as an AfterStep Wharf icon.
Pidgin-Audacious-Remote Go Allows control over Audacious Media Player from the Pidgin conversation windows.
Pidgin-googledesktop Go Google Desktop Indexing Plugin for Pidgin
Fonomo Video Go Enables Video-chat invitations via (requires Adobe Flash v9 or higher)
Extended Preferences Go Provides some additional, often-requested preferences for Pidgin.
Pidgin-LaTeX Go Allows you to include mathematical formulas in your conversations.
Pidgin Personal Bar Go Adds a section at the top of your buddy list to change your display name and personal message.
pidginTeX Go Renders mathematical expressions. Lots of options, size, colors, etc. Built upon Pidgin-LaTeX.
Purple Plugin Pack Go Provides over 50 plugins for Pidgin, Finch, and libpurple.
QIP decoder Go Corrects invalid incoming QIP 2005 diacritics for CP1250 users
Textbon Go Textbon hyperlinks recognizable IM shorthands or acronyms or shortcuts. On user click, these links translate Instant Messaging acronyms or shorthands to definitions using the acronym database.
b64 Go Base 64 encoding of chat messages (A very simple Perl plugin) Go Lets you chat with visitors to your website for free using Pidgin.
Pidglet Go A Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget that displays your buddy list.

Development of Third-Party Plugins

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