I would like to give pidgin a try, but I don't like the default theme for the list, there is too much space between the contacts, I would like to style it in a more minimal way so i can see more contacts in less space. Despite my (not so thorough searches) I didn't find any theme specically for my list, I found for the icons and the sounds ... any proposals?

  • When I used Pidgin, i couldnt change the font size or spacing or other things for the list of buddies, and there was no theme that could do that. Just thought I'd make a note of that. – Thomas Ward Mar 15 '11 at 19:09
  • @EvilPhoenix its been a while since I used it last time, and I remember losing few hair and hours while I was trying to set a font of my preference, but there is further implementation done in xml format for the themes so I hoped that something exists, if not I will contribute to the converter for adium themes which is not supporting list theming yet. – topless Mar 15 '11 at 19:13
  • Mind letting me know which version of Ubuntu you're using? I've got like 18 images in vbox, i can test stuff on there and see if i can get a full answer for you. :/ – Thomas Ward Mar 15 '11 at 19:14
  • @EvliPhoenix Maverick 10.10, till the new one arrives :) – topless Mar 15 '11 at 19:15
  • For the time being I manage to use this list as a screenlet which is quite neat IMO, after all I am not really looking much from the guis gnome-look.org/content/show.php/ePidgin+Theme?content=122236 – topless Mar 15 '11 at 19:26

A simple alternative option, which lets you fit in twice as many entires, is to hide the buddy details of all the entires. Go to Buddies -> Show and then untick "Buddy Details."


There are several plugins which can be used to improve the buddies list, which includes but not limits to:


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Buddy list options: included in the Plugin pack

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Extended buddy list sort plugin

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And you can find more plugins in the Pidgin's official plugin site.

My buddy list have changed since it was originally installed and now it looks like this:

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Well, probably not fully improved but better than the original.

Good luck!


Isn't pidgin built on GTK+ ?

if so, you can use GTK themes to change things like font face & size and the interface elements. Something like the Clearlooks Compact theme will make the interface a little smaller so give you more room for the actual information. http://art.gnome.org/themes

Though as already mentioned, best is to use the specific buddy list plugins and disable buddy info to make a more dense list.

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