Pidgin on Windows Server

Brian Henson henson.brian1 at
Thu Nov 13 11:28:46 EST 2014

The server is on the same subnet, so I would think that any firewall rule blocking this port would also block it on the desktops?

The following comes up in the debug window:

(08:13:31) account: Connecting to account test.
(08:13:31) connection: Connecting. gc = 04DFD798
(08:13:31) bonjour: Attempting to bind IPv6 socket to port 5298.
(08:13:31) bonjour: Bound IPv6 socket to port 5298.
(08:13:31) bonjour: Attempting to bind IPv4 socket to port 5298.
(08:13:31) bonjour: Bound IPv4 socket to port 5298.
(08:13:31) bonjour: Registering presence on port 5298
(08:13:31) bonjour: service advertisement - callback.

When attempting to send a message from pidgin on my desktop to the pidgin on the server I get these message:

(08:15:57) bonjour: Received incoming connection from
(08:15:57) bonjour: We don't like invisible buddies, this is not a superheroes comic

I saw this page indicating it could be a conflict with IPv6:

But I have IPv6 disabled on my machine.

On Wed, 11/12/14, Kevin Stange <kevin at> wrote:

 Subject: Re: Pidgin on Windows Server
 To: "Brian Henson" <henson.brian1 at>, support at
 Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 10:15 PM
 Please make sure you
 reply back to the mailing list when you reply so
 that other people can participate in the
 On 11/12/2014
 11:15 PM, Brian Henson wrote:
 > You are
 correct, we are using bonjour.
 > The server's firewall is disabled,
 everything on the network goes through a hardware firewall
 so the windows firewall is unnecessary.
 Does the hardware firewall filter any
 traffic?  Is your server in the
 same subnet
 as the other computers?
 am not sure of ports offhand, but I know that Bonjour uses
 UDP on at
 least port 5353 with multicast
 addresses.  If Pidgin can't open ports on
 the server or if the firewall (hardware or
 software) blocks the traffic,
 it won't
 work.  It might be worth checking the Debug window (Help
 Debug Window)  to check for messages
 related to Bonjour problems.
 I also haven't tried to use Bonjour on a
 Windows Server before.  Last
 time I tried
 using it was under Windows XP.  I would have to defer to
 someone else to give more advanced
 troubleshooting for Windows.

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