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Pidgin for work and facebook messenger

I use pidgin for work to chat with my teammates, but I want to use it to talk sometimes with my wife without connecting to facebook, or facebook messenger nor activate the data/wifi on my phone.

I use to work with my phone offline, only in « phone mode ».

I use Ubuntu 19.04 at the time of this article.

First, I search all the pidgin related stuff with apt:

(sudo) apt-cache search pidgin

In the results I see some interesting things:

pidgin-guifications - Fenêtres surgissantes de messages pour Pidgin
pidgin-privacy-please - Greffon pour une confidentialité accrue dans Pidgin
pidgin-otr - Off-the-Record Messaging plugin for Pidgin
purple-discord - Discord messaging service plugin for libpurple

I install them, I will search for facebook later, discord is for testing, privacy-please and otr is for my paranoia and guifications is to be aware when a colleague of mine talk to me.

(sudo) apt install purple-discord pidgin-otr pidgin-privacy-please pidgin-guifications

Facebook messenger

For this one, we need libpurple-facebook, but ubuntu does not have any package for now.
So we just need to build it 🙂*NIX

(sudo) apt install libglib2.0-dev libjson-glib-dev libjson-glib-1.0-0 libjson-glib-1.0-common libpurple-dev libpurple0 zlib1g-dev gir1.2-json-1.0 libdbus-glib-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev-bin

Ok will go for « Compiling -> From A Release Tarball »

Go to
and choose the latest

# I prefer sudo -i and password than sudo every time
sudo -i
tar -xf purple-facebook-0.9.6.tar.gz
cd purple-facebook-0.9.6/
# install systemwide
make install

Restart pidgin after that, and go to the account creation:

Facebook is here !

Do not forget to activate/configure the plugins you have installed.

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