jeudi 10 avril 2008

How to configure Pidgin to work with Google Talk (GTalk)

How to configure Pidgin to work with Google Talk

Pidgin (earlier Gaim) is a multiple protocol Instant Messenger client which can be used to chat using MSN, Yahoo, AIM and many other protocols. But most people do not know that you can use Pidgin to chat with Google Talk users.

Pidgin supports a protocol called XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol). XMPP is the core protocol of the Jabber protocol and GTalk is also based on the Jabber protocol. So it is quite easy to make Pidgin to work with GTalk.

How to configure Pidgin to work with Google Talk

  1. Download & Install the latest version of Pidgin.
  2. Open Pidgin and go to Add / Edit Account window of Pidgin.
  3. From the drop-down box choose XMPP as the Protocol.
  4. For the Screen name enter your Google Id (Gmail Id). eg. manast86
  5. For Server enter gmail.com
  6. Pidgin GTalk

  7. You can leave the Resource with the default �Home�.
  8. In the Password field enter your Google ID password.
  9. Enter Local alias as whatever you want to.

That's it. Now you can start chatting with your GTalk buddies using Pidgin while keeping in touch with users of other IM users also. Now, who needs separate YIM and GTalk instant messengers open. :P

Troubleshooting - Some readers have reported that they are getting “Connect Error” when saving the account. If you get the same error, try going to the advanced tab and enter the following settings…

Force old (port 5223) SSL: Checked
Allow plaintext auth over unencrypted streams: Un-Checked
Connect Port: 443
Connect Server: talk.google.com
Proxy type: Use Global Proxy Settings

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