Tweeting via Pidgin on Ubuntu

Pidgin is a multi-featured instant messaging desktop client that is very popular among Linux users. It supports a wide range of chat networks like Yahoo!, AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, and IRC. You can even send and receive SMS (Text Messages) for free via Pidgin. So if it can do all these, does it support everybody's favorite micro-blogging platform Twitter?

--Yes it does. Thanks to a plugin called microblog-purple you will now be able to send and receive tweets via Pidgin.

For Ubuntu users, here's a simple tutorial on installing this Twitter plugin on Pidgin:

1. Depending on your Ubuntu version, add these software repositories:

deb hardy main deb-src hardy main


deb intrepid main deb-src intrepid main


deb jaunty main deb-src jaunty main

You can easily add software sources by opening Synaptic Package Manager, and then going to Settings --> Repositories --> Third-Party Software:

After adding the above repositories, close the Synaptic Package Manager.

2. Open a terminal and type this command in order to import the key:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 0CF459B8DF37ED8B


sudo apt-get update

3. Install the microblog-purple plugin with this command:

sudo apt-get install pidgin-microblog

4. After installation, we can now enable the microblog-purple plugin by opening Pidgin, and then going to Tools --> Plugins. Make sure to check "Twitgin":

5. We can now add Twitter from the list of protocols. To do this, simply open the "Manage Accounts" window, add an account, and select TwitterIM from the "Protocol" drop-down menu:

6. Proceed by providing your Twitter username and password:

7. You can now start tweeting via Pidgin!

Note that you can also use these commands inside the Pidgin Twitter window:

/replies - get all replies to you
/refresh - get new tweets instantly
/tag, /btag, /untag - automatically tag all your message



  1. AnonymousJune 05, 2009

    unknown SMS

    Only you need to KDE.4.2
    Pidgin thank him and knew twitux
    We have an rpm for Mandriva
    Follow it by the way in twitter (I'm hack3)
    Very grateful for doing a great job


  2. I already have Pidgin set up to run by using a Jabber account in my profile. Is Twitter free software? Do they have a free software approach to our information?

    I use a free and open microblogging service.

  3. This is nice plugin but unfortunately Windows version was too unstable for me for some reason. Have to check again later.

  4. AnonymousJune 07, 2009

    > everybody's favorite micro-blogging
    > platform Twitter

    Are you sure? There are a lot of people who prefer over twitter.
    Twitter is too mainstream so on geak persons recognize it, but is the technical better solution!

  5. AnonymousJuly 06, 2009

    This plugin stopped updating on an Asus EeePC 701 using the Eeebuntu 2.0 Base operating system. Terminal gives this error:
    "Failed to fetch Unable to find expected entry deb-src/binary-i386/Packages in Meta-index file (malformed release file?)"
    "Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead."

    Is there some way to fix this? Or is tweet-via-Pidgin not going to work on Eeebuntu?

  6. AnonymousJune 09, 2011

    ok.. but.. in puppy linux what is the way to install the plugin?

  7. Seems to work great! After searching a few sites, I found this one. Thank you! Now twitter feeds are flooding my desktop. I love pidgin!