Power Up Your Buddy List With These Awesome Pidgin Plugins

Power Up Your Buddy List With These Awesome Pidgin Plugins

Pidgin is our favourite instant messaging application for Windows, not only for all its great built-in feature, but for all the features you can add to it via plugins. It comes with a few built-in, but there are a ton of others out there if you know where to find them. Here are our favourites.

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Note: This guide is mainly geared toward Windows users, but Pidgin is our favorite Linux IM client too, so a few of these will work great on Linux as well. Linux also has some other great plugins that we didn’t mention here, though, and installing plugins on Linux could be a little different, so be sure to check each plugin’s documentation for more info.

GTK Theme Control

Note that this doesn’t theme Pidgin, per se, it just lets you tweak a few things here and there. To give it a different theme completely, you’ll want to check out the GTK Theme Switcher program, which you can read more about on this page of Pidgin’s documentation.

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History and SessionSave


Windows 7 Taskbar

Windows 7 Taskbar

Extended Buddy List Sort

Extended Buddy List Sort

Message Notification, Pidgin GNTP, and Audible Alerts

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Off the Record and Windows Credentials

Off the Recordread more about it at its homepage

While you’re tweaking security settings, though, you might want to deal with one of Pidgin’s biggest sources of complaints and install the Windows Credentials plugin. By default, Pidgin stores its passwords in plain text, which many see as insecure — though the Pidgin team has an explanation for why they do it. If it still makes you uncomfortable, though, the Windows Credentials extension saves your passwords using the Windows Credentials API instead.

Lock ‘n’ Roll

Lock ‘n’ Roll

Advanced Shorturl and Expand

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Alternatively, if you don’t like short URLs because of the security issues surrounding them, you can instead install the Expand plugin, which automatically expands URLs from a ton of different shorteners, so you always know where you’re headed — which is great, since IM and Facebook Chat is so often used to spread spam and viruses.

There are a ton of great Pidgin plugins out there, but these are definitely our favourites for customising the look and usability of our favourite IM client. Do you have one that you love, but we forgot to mention? Share it with us in the comments below.


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