See AUTHORS and COPYRIGHT for the list of contributors.
libpurple is a library intended to be used by programmers seeking to write an IM client that connects to many IM networks. It comes with support for Bonjour, IRC, XMPP, among others, and there are many more networks supported via third party protocols.
Pidgin is a graphical IM client written in C which uses the GTK+ toolkit.
Finch is a text-based IM client written in C which uses the ncurses toolkit.
These programs are not endorsed by, nor affiliated with, any proprietary instant messaging company in any way.
Pidgin uses meson as a build system.
You can quickly build Pidgin with the following commands
meson build cd build ninja ninja install
There are quite a few options for the build that you can view by looking at
meson_options.txt. You can specify the options when running meson like the following:
meson -Ddebug=true build
If you've already ran meson you can use
cd build meson configure -Ddebug=true
Currently Pidgin can not be run from a build directory which means you must
install it first. Once you've done that, you only need to run 'pidgin' or
'finch'. If it fails to launch you may need to run
ldconfig as root.
To get started, simply add a new account.
If you come across a bug, please report it at: https://developer.pidgin.im/
If you do not wish to enable the plugin support within Purple, run meson with
-Dplugins=false or if you've already ran meson use
meson configure -Dplugins=false from the build directory. This will prevent
the ability to load plugins.
ninja install puts the plugins in
$PREFIX/lib/purple (PREFIX being what
you specified when you ran meson. It defaults to
looks for the plugins in that directory by default. Plugins can be installed
~/.purple/plugins as well. Pidgin and Finch also look in
$PREFIX/lib/finch for UI-specific, respectively.
There is a ton of information on developing Pidgin available at developer.pidgin.im.
To generate the documentation locally you can pass
meson configure which will build the
gtk-docs for everything.