# Purple, Pidgin and Finch
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 supports
AIM, ICQ, and XMPP, among others.
Pidgin is a graphical IM client written in C which uses the GTK+
Finch is a text-based IM client written in C which uses the ncurses
These programs are not endorsed by, nor affiliated with, AOL nor any
other company in any way.
Pidgin uses [meson](https://mesonbuild.com) as a build system.
You can quickly build Pidgin with the following commands
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:
If you've already ran 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 'pidgin' or
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 `$PREFIX/lib/purple` (PREFIX being what
you specified when you ran meson. It defaults to `/usr/local`). Purple
looks for the plugins in that directory by default. Plugins can be installed
per-user in `~/.purple/plugins` as well. Pidgin and Finch also look in
`$PREFIX/lib/pidgin` and `$PREFIX/lib/finch` for UI-specific, respectively.
There is a ton of information on developing Pidgin available at
To generate the documentation locally you can pass `-Ddoc=true` to `meson` or
`meson configure` which will build the `gtk-docs` for everything.