How to Set Up Your Pidgin Account

Connect your IM client screen names to chat with all your friends

Pidgin app on a Dell laptop screen

Pidgin is a free chat client that makes it possible for users to communicate with their contacts from different networks in one place. Learn how to set up your Pidgin account and connect your IM client screen names.

Instructions in this article apply to desktop and laptop computers running Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems.

How to Get Pidgin

Download Pidgin from the official website and install it on your device to get started. When you first open Pidgin, tap Add to connect your IM accounts.

Add button in

How to Add IM Screen Names to Your Pidgin Account

To add an IM screen name to your Pidgin account, select the Protocol dropdown arrow and choose the IM client, then enter the username and password. Select Add to confirm.

IM Service options in Pidgin

How to Access the Pidgin Account Manager

From the Pidgin IM contacts list, go to the Accounts tab, then select Manage Accounts. From here, add or remove chat accounts.

Manage Accounts menu item in Pidgin

Alternatively, press Ctrl+A on the keyboard while Pidgin is open to access the account manager.

As you add IM clients to your Pidgin account, contacts from each IM account appear on your Pidgin contact list. Continue adding IM screen names to your Pidgin account until your contact list is complete.