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.

  1. sudo apt-get install pidgin-skype
  2. Restart empathy
  3. empathy-accounts

But in empathy-accounts, which loads very slow, I don't see Skype to select.

How can I integrate Skype with Empathy on Ubuntu 13.04?

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I don't use Empathy, but try this. Install Skype for Pidgin plugin from the Ubuntu Software Center. Open Skype and log in, and add your Skype account to Empathy protocol named ‘bigbrownchunx-skype-dbus’ or Pidgin Accounts --> Skype DBUS . You will need to allow Empathy/Pidgin access to Skype. Source:J.Sneddon

This protocol plugin allows libpurple to communicate with Skype. Applications using libpurple (Pidgin, Finch, Empathy/Telepathy, etc.) can thus show your Skype contacts alongside those from other protocols, and you can communicate with them using that application instead of the Skype user interface.

This plugin communicates with the Skype application in the background to perform its work, so it's necessary to have Skype installed and running. This product uses the Skype API but is not endorsed, certified or otherwise approved in any way by Skype. Source:USC


Skype-Wrapper is a small third-party ‘plugin’ that integrates many of Skype’s features directly into the Ubuntu desktop. This includes support for Ubuntu’s Messaging Menu, notification system and Unity launcher. Source:J.Sneddon

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:skype-wrapper/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype-wrapper python-skype

Run JabberSkype on your Ubuntu PC and then connect Empathy to localhost with a Jabber account.

  • Or possibly on another PC that is running all the time for continence? – user101351 Jun 21 '13 at 9:11
  • Wow, not the most elegant solution! – mcbetz Jun 21 '13 at 9:46
  • I know it's not ideal.. But it's the closest thing I could find for Empathy. Why not just install Skype to your Ubuntu machine? – user101351 Jun 21 '13 at 9:47
  • I want to unify my chatter channels, thus using the standard Skype is not the option. – mcbetz Jun 21 '13 at 9:51
  • Understood. Unfortunately that's the only thing I could find.. – user101351 Jun 21 '13 at 9:53

This WILL NOT work without regular Skype client running in your desktop. The haze module just connects with that client, not with the skype server.


You're right about using pidgin-skype, but you also need telepathy-haze. Try running sudo apt-get install telepathy-haze and restarting Empathy. That should be able to integrate Skype into Empathy. Also Skype must be running in the background for this to work.

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    No, not working. – mcbetz Jun 30 '13 at 16:14
  • Are pidgin-skype and telepathy-haze running? – Dillmo Jun 30 '13 at 16:18
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    Doesn't work for me. – Muhamed Huseinbašić Oct 3 '14 at 11:51

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