Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, and video chat and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application.

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How can I remove Empathy, and integrate Pidgin?

I don't like the Empathy chat client, and I want to use Pidgin instead, but I want to maintain the functionality Empathy has in the messaging menu. How can I do this in the cleanest way possible?
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IRC in Empathy on 12.10

I opened Empathy, go to accounts (F4), it takes me to "Online Accounts" where I can choose between many account types, but there is no IRC. There is face, google, twitter....but no IRC. Am I missing ...
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Can't delete Facebook and Google in Online Accounts! Where is the config file for Ubuntu Online Accounts located?

since today I have an issue with my Ubuntu Online Account Settings. I started Empathy to log into my messengers, but I got an error that Facebook, Google and MSN need an authentication. I tried to ...
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How can I enable the “Share Desktop” feature in Empathy?

What steps do I need to follow if I want to use the Share Desktop feature with another user in Empathy? I've already enabled the Remote Desktop option through System -> Preferences -> Remote Desktop ...
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Where are all my Empathy settings stored?

I would like to know where Empathy stores all my information, so as to be able to back it up and re-use on a different Ubuntu machine. So far I have found only the conversation logs in ...
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Can I use Skype through Empathy?

I'd prefer to have my communications centralised in Empathy. Is it possible to see my Skype contacts in Empathy and use voice, video or chat?
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Empathy cannot connect to MSN account

I've just installed Maverick, and while it seems to work so far, Empathy is unable to connect to my MSN account. I've verified that Pidgin can connect. I've tried looking at the Empathy debug log, ...
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empathy “Facebook account requires authorization” problem

I am trying to connect to my Facebook account from Empathy on Ubuntu 13.04. When setting up the account in Empathy everything looks OK, but then Empathy just shows the message: Facebook account ...
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Differences between Bonjour/Avahi/People-Nearby protocols

I recently discovered, through Ubuntu's empathy IM client, that exists a protocol that enables the user to talk with anyone on his actual local network. It seems empathy calls this service "People ...
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How do I install glib?

I want to build the Empathy in Ubuntu 11.04. When I follow the build process, ./autogen.sh The shell said to me that libtoolize: copying file `m4/lt~obsolete.m4' checking for autoconf >= ...
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How can I automatically set my status to Available when I log in?

This is the first thing I do after logging in: How can I make it happen automatically?
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Get Chat (Empathy) to pop up when people are talking to me

When people start a new convo with me, all I see initially is that the message indicator is lit. This isn't quite obvious, so I'd like the new chat window to just pop up in my face. How can I do this? ...
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In Empathy IRC, how do I turn off the “joined” and “disconnected” messages?

In Empathy IRC, how do I turn off the "joined" and "disconnected" messages?
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What is the *right* way to use gnome-shell integrated chat?

Please bear with me as I am still figuring out how to use gnome-shell. My question concerns how to use the integrated chat correctly. I have the following questions: 1) When people chat with me, it ...
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Problems Connecting MSN with empathy

I don't know if I am the only one with this bug, but I can't use my MSN account with a freshly installed Ubuntu 11.10 with Empathy. It used to work with my Arch Linux, but now with Ubuntu, it ...
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How can I automatically set my status to Busy when Empathy starts?

So I can make Empathy log me in on boot, but how do I make my initial status Busy?
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How to install Empathy 3.x?

Is it possible and if yes how, to install Empathy 3.0.1 and above in Ubuntu 11.04?
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Full screen or more visible Skype, Pidgin, Empathy notifications?

I work in a shared office and I have the heaphones plugged in in order not to bother my colleagues with the poping sounds of chats and incoming calls. The problem is that I miss most of my calls and ...
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Set default account in Empathy metacontact [closed]

When I link contacts in empathy, facebook becomes the default account used in a new chat. Is there a way to change the default account? I'd like to avoid using facebook whenever possible, and ...
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How to make Empathy run on startup?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. I'd like Empathy to connect when I login to my computer. I know I can browse using the Startup Applications tool (although the add/browse dialogue is still useless in GNOME ...
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How do I join a channel on Freenode with Empathy?

I have empathy already installed but am not sure how to configure it to join the channel at http://www.ape-project.org. I do not have a password or login name yet to properly configure the channel ...
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How to open new IM in Empathy (instead of having to clicking envelope)?

Is there a way to configure Empathy so that when a new IM arrives I can open it using a keyboard shortcut rather than having to click the envelope icon of the Indicator Applet?
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Empathy, Google account, 2 step verification needs authorization every time I login

The title says it all. I have enabled 2 step verification at my Google account. Unfortunately this causes Empathy to lose authorization after every reboot. Even though I authorize Empathy following ...
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How to use Skype with Empathy in 13.04?

I want to add my Skype account to Empathy to chat with all my contacts from there. I tried the following to integrate Skype with Empathy on Ubuntu 13.04, using this tutorial from Ubuntuusers. sudo ...
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What protocol does Empathy's “People Nearby” use, and what other chat programs use it?

What is the name of this protocol? Can I interact with people using other chat programs, like Pidgin on linux or Adium on OS X? Which programs recognize it, and which don't?
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How do I make Empathy use the system proxy settings?

I want to use Empathy which is provided by default with Ubuntu 10.10. Unfortunately, it seems unable to take account of the proxy settings I applied system-wide. On the contrary, other programs are ...
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How to quickly respond to Empathy message in Unity (Similar to Gnome-Shell)

I have seen the way you can respond to messages in a nice quick way in Gnome-Shell with a message window popping out from the bottom. How can this be applied in Unity for a window to pop up and just ...
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Empathy online contacts do not show up

The problem After upgrading from 12.10. to 13.04. empathy doesn't show online contacts anymore. All accounts seem to be affected by this (facebook, ICQ). Sporadically a contact is listed as online ...
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How to enable Empathy chat room notifications?

Is it possible in Empathy (Ubuntu 11.10, gnome-shell) to receive notifications when somebody posts a message to a chat room? I have checked the "Enable bubble notifications" box under edit > ...
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“untrusted Connection” Warning in Empathy

Today when I opened Empathy I got this (unusual) error box. I have never got this warning before regarding untrusted connection. What should I do? Is it a security risk if I continue without a second ...
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Empathy Yahoo IM contact request spam

I'm getting maybe 20 friend requests from Yahoo IM everytime I start empathy (or my Internet goes up). Is there any way I can deal with the contact spam that doesn't involve me individually clicking ...
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How to make the Escape key close the chat window in Empathy?

In Pidgin we can select "Close conversations with the Escape key" in the preferences to close the chat window. Is there anything similar in Empathy?
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How do I block people with Empathy

I'm trying to block a user from contacting me, but can't seem to do this from the Empathy interface. How do I block contacts?
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Google Talk account not working with Empathy

I am setting up Ubuntu. I just got ubuntu installed this morning. I went to set up Empathy with my Google Talk account, but no matter what, it says "Authorization Failed" even though I can very well ...
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I can't see all my Facebook friends in the Empathy Chat

I have just installed Ubuntu 13.04 and I connected Empathy with my Facebook account. It adds only a couple contacts, while I know that from the browser, many of my friends are online. How can I solve ...
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Are there any lenses for empathy or pidgin?

I see gwibber lenses, is there anything for empathy or pidgin? For search my contacts, open tab chat or others..
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How to force Empathy Internet Messaging to change default webcam?

I just recently bought a new webcam. It is USB powered. For personal reasons, I wish to not use the built in webcam that came with my netbook. I want to use this new one. I love empathy, it is a ...
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How do I disable auto-away for online presence?

I am using Natty with with classic GNOME desktop. I use Empathy and sometimes Skype. Both these get the online state from the system itself somehow. If I don't touch my keyboard for a few minutes - ...
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Is it possible to disable empathy from autostarting on login?

How to disable Empathy auto startup? I turned it off in properties, but every time i restart Notebook it starts automatically. Maybe there is a deamon thats starts it
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How do I keep Empathy from telling the other person when I am typing?

Sometimes I start typing a message to someone then stop, rethink it and change it or not send it at all. I don't want them to see "User is typing" messages. I see no option to disable this in Empathy. ...
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Where are Empathy's contact-links stored?

I linked a bunch of contacts from MSN and Google Talk with the new empathy feature, Now I want to export this configuration to my desktop so i don't have to make the same changes again and again. ...
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Where does Empathy go when minimized in Gnome3 shell?

I'm trying out Gnome-shell instead of Unity and loving it. Unfortunately I can't figure out where Empathy goes when I click the close button (there is no minimize button.) I'm still logged in ...
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Can Empathy show what Rhythmbox track I'm listening to?

There was an MSN Messenger feature that would show what track you were currently listening to. I'm using Rhythmbox as my music player. Does Empathy have this feature?
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How to add Gmail account with 2-step verification in Empathy?

I've added Gmail account in Gwibber/Empathy chat previously. Now I've activated 2-step verification in Google settings, and when I am entering the correct username and passwords, Gwibber now reports ...
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Empathy doesn't connect to facebook accout

in System settings >> Online accounts when i add facebook account it redirects me to the browser and opens a webpage in the photo below and do nothing after that any help ??
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How do I receive incoming Google Voice calls using Empathy?

I have a google voice number so I can receive phone calls dialed to an actual phone number when I'm logged into gmail (via the gtalk widget sidebar). I see I can use Empathy to make voice calls with ...
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How to move tab bar in empathy?

Empathy is a rather nice IM client and I like the included themes, but I don't see how to move my tabs in my conversation windows to the bottom of the window instead of the top.. any ideas?
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How can I make Empathy retry connecting when it has a network problem

I have added Empathy to the list of applications that open by default, and it's configured to auto-connect to MSN when started, but when I login to my laptop the wifi connection takes a few seconds ...
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What happened with message notifications from Empathy?

I notice that some changes have been made in message notifications from Empathy in 11.10. I open chat in Empathy with another user but when a message is received there are no notifications in the ...
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How can i make a quicklist for empathy to start a conversation with a certain “friend”?

I would like to create a quicklist for empathy including links to certain msn and facebook "friends" of mine. I already know how to make quicklists, I just need the command i have to use in order to ...