Create an IRC account and sign into it. After you’ve signed on, you can use the
Buddies -> Join a Chat menu option on the Buddy List window to join a
channel. In any window, either a conversation or a chat, in which your IRC user
is the sender, you can also use the
/join command to connect to a new channel.
See the next question.
Try the irchelper plugin from the keep.imfreedom.org/pidgin/purple-plugin-pack/. This plugin provides fields to enter the services bot’s nickname and your services password. It also automatically suppresses messages from the services bots sent on connection. Note that this plugin does, in fact, work with Q on Quakenet, and networks that use AuthServ, not just networks that use NickServ.
Alternatively, see the next question for a way using Pidgin’s built in features.
Follow these steps:
identify mypasswordif you’re trying to authenticate.
Note that you do NOT include
/msg nickname as part of the message in the pounce.
Absolutely. In the Buddy List window, select Buddies -> Add Chat. Use this dialog to add the chat to your buddy list. Once the chat appears in the buddy list, right-click the chat and select “Auto-Join”. The channel will autojoin whenever you sign onto your IRC account.
In the Buddy List window, select Accounts -> your IRC account -> Edit Account. Click the “Advanced” tab. Enter a name in the Username field.
In the Buddy List window, select Accounts -> your IRC account -> Edit Account. Click the “Advanced” tab. Enter a name in the Real Name field.
IRC has no comprehension of character sets or encodings. It simply sends
(almost) any random chunk of data a user enters. Pidgin by default assumes
everything is UTF-8. If this is not the case, you will need to edit your account
(in the Buddy List window, select Accounts -> your IRC account -> Edit
Account) and change the Encoding setting on the “Advanced” tab. You will need
to enter the correct encoding for your channels there. You can specify multiple
encodings in a comma-delimited list, such as
UTF-8,ISO-8859-15, to cause
Pidgin to attempt multiple encodings. In this case, each encoding is tried in
succession until a successful decode happens or all encodings listed are
In the Buddy List window, select Tools -> Plugins. Find and checkmark “Join/Part Hiding” and click the “Configure Plugin” button. Configure the plugin as you like.