Configure Pidgin to use proxy server per account

Date: February 12th, 2010
Author: Stefan Batanov

In this tutorial I will show you how to configure Pidgin to use a proxy server for just one account. The tutorial is very basic and will guide you in four simple steps how to accomplish our goal. The operating system used is ArchLinux and we have installed Pidgin 2.6.5 (libpurple 2.6.5)

The prerequisites for this tutorial are:

1. Linux distribution with Gnome 2.x
2. Pidgin installed and functional with at least one account set.(if you do not have any account set check out the tutorial for how to Setup your ICQ in Pidgin)
3. A proxy server

Step 1:
Start Pidgin on your computer. From the main Pidgin window go to Accounts -> Manage Accounts as shown on the picture below.

Configure Pidgin to use proxy server per account

A new window will open. All accounts that you have configured already you will be listed in this window.

Step 2:
Select the account for which you want to use a proxy server. Click on the button at the bottom which says Modify.

Configure Pidgin to use proxy server per account

Again a new window will open with all account details and settings.

Step 3:
Go to the Proxy tab. From the drop down menu across Proxy type label select HTTP. Most proxy servers are HTTP but in case yours is different select what fits best to your needs.

Configure Pidgin to use proxy server per account

Some new fields will show up here. This is the last step of our tutorial and it is the most important one.

Step 4:
Fill out the information your your proxy server in the fields listed in that Proxy tab. You will most likely need to enter just the proxy host address and the port on wich the proxy server works. In case the proxy server requires authentication you will have to provide your username and password here to. Once you are done you can click the Save button. I recommend that you disable/enable the account so the new settings take effect. You could also restart Pidgin application completely. It is up to you.

Configure Pidgin to use proxy server per account

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