pidgin/nest

8f8e7c63e085
Update the link to F-List to point to the current repository

Testing Done:
Ran locally.

Bugs closed: NEST-40

Reviewed at https://reviews.imfreedom.org/r/414/
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title: Install
date: 2019-01-16T20:14:59.000Z
replaces:
- pidgin.im/download/
- pidgin.im/download/windows/
- pidgin.im/download/linux/
- pidgin.im/download/mac/
- pidgin.im/download/source/
lastmod: 2020-01-14T05:00:21.000Z
weight: 10
aliases:
- download/
- download/windows/
- download/linux/
- download/mac/
- download/source/
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# Pidgin
## Windows
[![](/images/download.png)](https://sourceforge.net/projects/pidgin/files/Pidgin/2.14.1/pidgin-2.14.1.exe/download)
This version of Pidgin downloads an appropriate version of GTK. GTK is now
installed locally for Pidgin, and not system-wide, thus Pidgin will not
interfere with other GTK apps on your system.
If you would like to have GTK included in the installer, we have an [offline
installer](https://sourceforge.net/projects/pidgin/files/Pidgin/2.14.1/pidgin-2.14.1-offline.exe/download)
that bundles everything except spell-checking dictionaries.
If you're looking for a portable version that doesn't need installation, [we also have that available](https://sourceforge.net/projects/pidgin/files/Pidgin/2.14.1/pidgin-2.14.1-win32-bin.zip/download).
## Linux
We do not provide pre-built packages for Linux and Unix distributions. We
recommend installing Pidgin using your operating system's standard package
management tool.
If your operating system doesn't provide a pre-built package, or if their
pre-built package is out of date and you want to upgrade, then you can try
[building from source](/development/building/).
### Debian/Ubuntu
```bash
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pidgin
```
## FreeBSD
```
pkg install pidgin
```
## macOS
For a native Mac OS X experience we recommend [Adium](https://adium.im/), which
uses libpurple (the core of Pidgin) for much of its protocol support.
If you're sure you want to use Pidgin on OS X, you may find the packages
provided through [Homebrew](https://brew.sh/),
[pkgin](https://pkgsrc.joyent.com/),
[Fink](https://finkproject.org/download/) or
[Macports](https://www.macports.org/install.php) more convenient than compiling
from source. Please note, *we do not provide support for issues related to
installing Homebrew, pkgin, Fink, Macports, or their packages of Pidgin*. Contact those
projects directly with questions or concerns.
If you're sure you want to use Pidgin on OS X and you don't want to use
Homebrew, Fink or Macports, you can [download the Pidgin
source](#source) and compile.
## Source
[![](/images/download.png)](https://sourceforge.net/projects/pidgin/files/Pidgin/2.14.1/pidgin-2.14.1.tar.bz2/download)
This download is for the source code of Pidgin 2.14.1.
If you want to **use** Pidgin, you should either download and use our Windows
installer or look for pre-built packages from your operating system
distribution.
If you are looking to **modify** Pidgin, you may want to look at our
[instructions for checking out the code from our
repository](https://pidgin.im/development/contributing/mercurial/).
# Finch
Finch is a text-based IM client written in C which uses the ncurses toolkit.
## Linux
We do not provide pre-built packages for Linux and Unix distributions. We
recommend installing Pidgin using your operating system's standard package
management tool.
If your operating system doesn't provide a pre-built package, or if their
pre-built package is out of date and you want to upgrade, then you can try
[building from source](/development/building/).
### Debian/Ubuntu
```bash
sudo apt update
sudo apt install finch
```
## FreeBSD
```
pkg install finch
```