# Purple, Pidgin and Finch
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, and XMPP, among others and there are many more networks supported via
[third party plugins](https://pidgin.im/plugins/).
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
These programs are not endorsed by, nor affiliated with, any proprietary
instant messaging company in any way.
See AUTHORS and COPYRIGHT for the list of contributors.
Pidgin uses [Meson](https://mesonbuild.com) as its build system. There is a
long list of dependencies that is not currently documented here due to
differences in package names across operating systems. We plan to fix this
soon, if you have any suggestions on how to handle this, please let us know.
You can quickly build Pidgin with the following commands:
There are quite a few options for the build that you can view by running
`meson configure` in your build directory. You can specify the options when
running meson like the following:
If you have already run `meson` you can use `meson configure`:
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 `pidgin3` or
`finch3`. 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:
libpurple, Pidgin, and Finch ship with a number of plugins, but you can find
additional third party plugins at
You can find more information about Pidgin development in the
[development section](https://pidgin.im/development/) of our website.