In the world of digital communication, it’s not uncommon to have multiple messaging platforms for different purposes. Pidgin is a popular chat program that allows you to connect to multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time. But what about Skype? In this article, we will explore how to integrate Skype into Pidgin using two plugins:
Yes, it is possible to integrate Skype into Pidgin using two plugins:
pidgin-skype plugin requires the Skype application to be installed and running, while the
pidgin-skypeweb plugin does not require the Skype client to be running. Both plugins allow you to manage your Skype chats alongside other chat networks within Pidgin’s interface.
Understanding Pidgin and Skype
Pidgin is a free and open-source chat client used by millions to connect to IM networks such as AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, and more. It provides a simple interface for managing multiple chat connections and contacts.
Skype, on the other hand, is a proprietary application for online communication. It offers features like voice and video calls, instant messaging, and file sharing. Integrating Skype into Pidgin allows you to manage your Skype chats alongside other chat networks within Pidgin’s interface.
Integrating Skype into Pidgin using pidgin-skype
pidgin-skype plugin, also known as Skype API Plugin for Pidgin, allows Pidgin to communicate with Skype. This plugin requires the Skype application to be installed and running in the background.
You can install the
pidgin-skype package from the Software Centre or use the following command in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install pidgin-skype
In this command,
sudo allows you to run commands with the security privileges of the superuser,
apt-get is the package handling utility, and
install is the command that installs a new package.
After installation, start the Skype application and sign in to your account. Then, open Pidgin, and you should see Skype as an option in the list of accounts. You can now chat with your Skype contacts directly from Pidgin.
Integrating Skype into Pidgin using pidgin-skypeweb
pidgin-skypeweb plugin is a newer alternative to
pidgin-skypeweb does not require the Skype client to be running.
You can install the
pidgin-skypeweb plugin from a 3rd party PPA using the following commands:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys C03AA79CFFEBD240 echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/aap/pidgin/ubuntu wily main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y pidgin-skypeweb
In these commands,
apt-key adv is used to manage the list of keys used by apt to authenticate packages,
--recv-keys is used to receive keys from a keyserver, and
tee -a is used to append the output to a file.
After installation, open Pidgin, and you should see Skype (HTTP) as an option in the list of accounts. You can now chat with your Skype contacts directly from Pidgin, without needing to have the Skype client running.
Integrating Skype into Pidgin can streamline your digital communication by bringing all your chats into one place. Whether you choose to use
pidgin-skypeweb depends on your specific needs and preferences. Remember to keep your software up to date to ensure security and performance. Happy chatting!
No, you can only use one of the two plugins at a time in Pidgin. If you have both plugins installed, you will need to choose which one to enable in Pidgin’s account settings.
pidgin-skypeweb plugins support voice and video calls. They only allow you to chat with your Skype contacts.
pidgin-skypeweb plugins support file sharing. You can send files to your Skype contacts directly from Pidgin.
Yes, Pidgin will notify you of new messages from your Skype contacts just like it does for other chat networks. You can customize the notification settings in Pidgin’s preferences.
No, the conversations are not synchronized between Pidgin and the Skype client. Each platform maintains its own separate chat history.
pidgin-skypeweb plugins support Skype emojis and emoticons. You can use them in your chats just like you would in the Skype client.
Yes, there are a few limitations and known issues with both plugins. For example,
pidgin-skype may have problems with group chats, and
pidgin-skypeweb may not support all Skype features. It’s recommended to check the plugin documentation for the latest information on limitations and issues.