Keep up to date with all things Pidgin, Finch and libpurple


  • Digital Ocean Sponsorship

    Over the last couple of years, Pidgin, and by extension our non-profit corporation called Instant Messaging Freedom, Inc., has received sponsorship from a hosting company called DigitalOcean. DigitalOcean provides a variety of hosting services, including virtual private servers, managed kubernetes clusters, and so on. They also provide sponsorship for open source projects, whereby they provide credits to use to offset the costs of their services. This sponsorship has been the source of Pidgin and Instant Messaging Freedom’s primary infrastructure.
    Sat, May 8, 2021


  • 2.14.4 Released!

    Notice for Windows users: We are aware of an issue with the installer failing to download the dictionaries used for spellchecking. We are currently working on a fix and hope to have this resolved as soon as possible. Another minor version of Pidgin has been released, 2.14.4. It has been many years since we were able to get three releases out to our users in such a short amount of time (less than a month!
    Thu, Apr 29, 2021
  • 2.14.3 Released!

    After releasing Pidgin 2.14.2 some of our users which run Pidgin on Windows reached out to us about them having issues with the installer. This release takes care of this issue that affected Windows builds of Pidgin. Also, this release removes the AIM protocol plugin. This is certainly an interesting change considering that the Pidgin project started as a chat client for AIM, yet it’s important to remember that AIM was shutdown in December 2017 so this removal was long overdue.
    Thu, Apr 8, 2021
  • 2.14.2 Released!

    Notice for Windows users: After releasing version 2.14.2 some users reached out to us about having issues with the Windows installer for 2.14.2. We are currently investigating the issue and expect to have a 2.14.3 release out soon which fixes it. A new minor version of Pidgin has been released, 2.14.2. Amongst other changes we can highlight the fix for two issues related to pasting content with <p> or <hr> HTML tags.
    Thu, Apr 1, 2021


  • Pidginchat

    Greetings Programs! We’ve been trying to find a way to drive XMPP adoption a bit more, so we decided to spin up a limited access public XMPP server for interacting with the Pidgin community. Unfortunately, this service will not allow you to reach the greater XMPP network as we’re not trying to run a hosted chat network as we frankly just do not have the time and resources to do that.
    Tue, Mar 9, 2021


  • libgnt 2.14.1 Released

    Today we released a minor version of libgnt, version 2.14.1. This release bumps the minimum required meson version from 0.37.0 to 0.41.0 and fixes an issue where a string could have been truncated. You can find the released files on SourceForge and the official ChangeLog over here.
    Fri, Feb 5, 2021
  • Bintray Sunsetting

    Today JFrog announced that they will be sunsetting Bintray. You can read the announcement here. Overall this doesn’t affect us too much, but this does mean that we will be relying on SourceForge for our downloads going forward. Also, we have updated previous articles that were pointing to Bintray to mention this update. A few ideas have been thrown around like using IPFS, but due to our current timelines we can’t afford to spend a lot of time investigating and deploying new solutions.
    Fri, Feb 5, 2021


  • 2.14.1 Released!

    Updated 2021-02-04 to strike out Bintray mentions as they have announced that they are sunsetting it. See Bintray Sunsetting So who would have guessed that some stuff would go wrong when we haven’t released in nearly two years? The changes for 2.14.1 are small but important. There were some issues with the Windows installer that made it impossible to install 2.14.0 and the Mercurial revision in the About box was displaying “unknown”.
    Thu, Jun 11, 2020
  • 2.14.0 Released!

    Updated 2021-02-04 to strike out Bintray mentions as they have announced that they are sunsetting it. See Bintray Sunsetting Well it’s been a while, but we’ve finally released Pidgin 2.14.0. This is a special release for a number of reasons, which we’ll get into below. That said, you can find the source release on SourceForge as well as on Bintray. First of all we moved libgnt, the GLib NCurses Toolkit, to its own repository.
    Wed, Jun 10, 2020


  • Nest Launch

    Greetings, Programs! We’re excited to announce the launch of our brand new website. The new site aims to bring the old website and the wiki from into a single website. Development has been led by Jason Allan who is a new contributor to the project. We haven’t transfered everything over yet, so if you’re looking for something and the search isn’t being helpful, all of the old content is still available at old and developer.
    Tue, Jan 14, 2020
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