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I know Skype is proprietary, but it would be awesome if it were to be integrated into messaging menu much like Pidgin, Empathy, etc. Is there a plug-in that does that?

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How to add Skype to the Ubuntu Messaging Menu:

  1. Install Skype :
  2. Download and install the .deb package @
  3. Run the commands below in a Terminal to place a shortcut to Skype in the Messaging even when its not running (just like ‘Chat’ or ‘Broadcast’):

mkdir -p ~/.config/indicators/messages/applications/ && cp /usr/share/skype-wrapper/skype ~/.config/indicators/messages/applications/skype

Remove Skype from the systray whitelist by entering the following command into a Terminal or Alt-F2 dialog: –

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Mumble', 'Wine', 'hp-systray']

Log out/Log in Click the Messaging Menu icon, Click Skype. You will be promoted to ‘allow’ permission for the menu entry to work as intended.

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Source: OMG! Ubuntu!

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I found this to be very buggy. See comments from source post. – MarkovCh1 Jul 24 '11 at 15:55

There is also the "Skype API Plugin for Pidgin/libpurple/Adium"by Eion Robb at

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I use skype4pidgin too, it works great :) – AyaneForever May 8 '12 at 18:09

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