I installed pidgin because I wanted to sync my MS account through Skype (as it is one with Microsoft).

After installing Skype in Pidgin I add an account. In the modify window there's a Basic tab, Advanced tab and a Proxy tab. I didn't touch Advanced or Proxy just the Basic tab. I choose Skype (HTTP) on the Protocol, type my username & password & check the box. After that, it says that it had an error.

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Now, I don't know what to do to enable my account through pidgin. I log in my Skype through web browser and still can't connect. What should I do?

  • I installed pidgin. I wanted to sync my MS acct with it since Skype is connected with Microsoft. Now I'm getting this error message: "Failed to getting magic T value." – Mello Hat Dec 1 '16 at 8:47
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    There's a nice flowchart for skypeweb that you can check. It covers questions like, are you using the latest version, are you using two-factor authentication, is there maybe something Skype needs to you to do (accept a new version of the TOS), etc. – Henning Kockerbeck Dec 1 '16 at 11:47
  • @MelloHat: Unfortunately that is too vague. Please edit your question to describe every step in detail that you took to set up Skype for Pidgin and to connect to it. – David Foerster Dec 1 '16 at 16:32
  • @HenningKockerbeck I followed the flowchart but still no progress. All I did is to delete and add account, just configure the my pidgin and didn't touch the other tabs. – Mello Hat Dec 5 '16 at 0:46
  • @Zanna Thank you for editing my question...Still got stuck on my pidgin. I still can't configure it out. – Mello Hat Dec 5 '16 at 0:47

Logging into web.skype.com fixed this issue for me and others. After you should be able to login via pidgin. I believe this resets the token and or once the security check has been completed on web.skype.com it no longer blocks pidgin.


If your password contains certain special characters (\, ', ", and possibly others), you will get this error message. Removing these problematic characters from your password (or escaping them with \ when you enter your password in pidgin or bitlbee) will solve the problem.

I found this solution here. This thread might also cover your problem if it is a different one.

Also, as pointed out by @Henning Kockerbeck, there is a helpful flowchart here.

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