For some reason I want to stick with Empathy rather than Pidgin and hence removed Pidgin from Ubuntu completely.

Now, I still see pidgin internet messenger under the mail indicator applet icon:

Screenhot (Pidgin listed even when removed)

Nothing happens when I click that option. Please help me remove it.

P.S.: Do let me know if more information is required

EDIT 1: I used Synaptic to install

  1. pidgin
  2. pidgin-libnotify
  3. pidgin-dbg

EDIT 2: Output from gsettings get com.canonical.indicator.messages applications

['pidgin.desktop', 'empathy.desktop']

  • Did you remove pidgin-libnotify?
    – xangua
    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:35
  • @xangua, yes I did.
    – abyshukla
    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:38
  • Post output of gsettings get com.canonical.indicator.messages applications
    – Liso
    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:43
  • ['pidgin.desktop', 'empathy.desktop']
    – abyshukla
    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:45

1 Answer 1


From your comment, we know that you have ['pidgin.desktop', 'empathy.desktop'] entry on mail indicator applet, so that's mean you haven't removed pidgin.desktop yet. To do so, open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and run following command:

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.messages applications "['empathy.desktop']"

Using dconf Editor

  1. Install Dconf editor Install banshee
  2. Launch dconf Editor
  3. Navigate to com > canonical > indicator > messages, and delete 'pidgin.desktop'

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  1. Log out and log back in to apply changes you've made
  • Yes! I googled and did exactly that. Was about to ask you to post your response so that I may accept it as an answer.. Thank you.
    – abyshukla
    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:56
  • No problem :) I am glad I was able to help !
    – Liso
    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:59
  • As you've never accepted an answer on this site before: If this answer helped you, don't forget to click the grey at the left of this text, which means Yes, this answer is valid!(Copied from Fabby's canned comment)
    – Liso
    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:03

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