How to connect to one’s Skype account with Pidgin?

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You can install the pidgin-skype package from the Software Centre (or using apt-get)

This protocol plug-in 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 plug-in 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.
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    For forks' sake, I can't believe that it is really necessary to have Skype running in the background... I guess there's nothing the developer can do about it, but still... Jul 6, 2012 at 11:04
  • okay. . .dumb user here; how do I add my skype account to pidgin after installing this? I'm lost now Mar 3, 2014 at 10:40
  • This is an odd answer. It either uses the Skype app or uses the Skype API. It doesn't directly do both...
    – Cerin
    Jun 3, 2014 at 20:23
  • @Cerin for details see eion.robbmob.com
    – 8128
    Jun 4, 2014 at 9:48

That previously recommended answer is out-of-date. The new version of the plugin (by same author) no longer requires microsoft's skype client running in the background. It also has a new name, pidgin-skypeweb.

pidgin-skypeweb can be installed like this, from a 3rd party PPA:

apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys C03AA79CFFEBD240 \
 && echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/aap/pidgin/ubuntu wily main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list \
 && apt-get update && apt-get install -y pidgin-skypeweb
  • That plugin still works atm, but the version in that repo is outdated. Current instructions are here
    – Carolus
    Mar 12, 2017 at 20:05

Skype Plugin for Pidgin

This is a Skype Plugin for Pidgin/libpurple/Adium. It lets you view and chat with all your Skype buddies from within Pidgin/Adium. You still need Skype to be running to be able to use it, but it lets you keep a consistent user interface and use all the other nifty Pidgin/Adium plugins with it, like spell-checking or OTR encryption.

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