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How do i update only pidgin using apt-get?

I tried

> sudo apt-get update pidgin

but i get

> The update command takes no arguments

marked as duplicate by Eric Carvalho, Radu Rădeanu, Mitch, user68186, belacqua Jun 13 '13 at 19:57

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  • What version of Pidgin do you have now? – Mitch Jun 13 '13 at 7:43
  • i have version 2.10.3 – pbaris Jun 13 '13 at 7:44
  • For those still interested in using the most recent version of Pidgin, see this link – frank Jul 18 '18 at 19:34

To update Pidgin to 2.10.7, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pidgin-developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pidgin
  • If you are behind a proxy add -E to sudo so apt-get picks up the http_proxy env vars. – Chris Gunawardena Sep 3 '18 at 13:49

Thanks to this answer by Peachy

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install pidgin


As man apt-get describes it, apt-get update will resynchronize the package index files from their sources while apt-get upgrade will install the newest versions of all packages currently installed on the system from the sources enumerated in your package list aforementioned.

As described in other answers, if you want a newest version than the one in standard packages of your distribution, you have to either edit your sources lists, add a new PPA, install from more recent binaries or compile from source.

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