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Enhance Pidgin With Facebook Chat, Now Playing Status, Interface Tweaks

It may not be the default chat client in Ubuntu any longer, but Pidgin is still an awesome application.

Below are 5 tweaks and plugin’s i install off-the-bat when i’m faced with a fresh version of Pidgin.

Pidgin Facebook Chat
Chat to Facebook contacts from within Pidgin and see available contacts sat amongst the rest of your pidgin contacts.

Tip: Enable Protocol Icons to see who’s on what service.

Open a terminal session and type

  • sudo apt-get install pidgin-facebookchat

Or download the latest .deb from the official project page @

MusicTracker for Pidgin

MusicTracker is a "now playing" plug-in for Pidgin. It supports a palatable herd of music players, from Banshee to LastFm and provides a wide range of customization options (such as format, when to show, etc.)


Open a terminal

  • sudo apt-get install pidgin-musictracker

Configure via the plug-ins menu.

Auto-resize Buddy List
Auto-resize does what its name implies: it automatically adjust the height of pidgin to fit the number of contacts in the buddy list. Particularly useful if you only choose to show currently on-line contacts.

Deb available @

Avatars To The Left
Display contacts avatars on the left of the screen with this tweaked theme.

Find the hack @

Create a folder called ‘themes’ in ~/.purple/ and then select the theme via Pidgin’s preferences menu.

More Smilies

You can install a gazillion extra smiley themes with one command in Ubuntu: –

  • sudo apt-get install pidgin-themes