How to install Pidgin on Debian

I don’t know why i always end up doing these things on Friday evenings.

This is nominally part of my ongoing series of how to get my perfect Debian set-up, just so that if i ever have to reinstall again i’ll know how to get my computer back the way i like it.

Download Pidgin source code from

Unzip it.

sudo apt-get install libxml-parser-perl
sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-dev
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev
sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev
sudo apt-get install libnss3-dev
./configure --enable-nss
make check
sudo make install

It was kind enough to put a shortcut in my Applications – Internet folder. Yay! :)

Update: modified to include the SSL libraries for googletalk support! Thanks to this for the advice – works a treat!


3 comments on “How to install Pidgin on Debian

  1. Hi, great tutorial. But…when I do make, it says something like “no target specified.” i’m in the installer folder…whats wrong?

  2. To me it sounds as if the configure script didn’t finish running. Did you get any troublesome output from doing ./configure?

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