Configure Pidgin to use proxy server

Date: February 10th, 2010
Author: Stefan Batanov

In this tutorial I will show you how to configure Pidgin to use a proxy server. The tutorial is very basic and will guide you in three 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
3. A proxy server

Step 1:
Start Pidigin and go the "Tools" menu. Click on Preferences

Configure Pidgin to use proxy server

A new window will pop up and you will land on the last tab you have managed.

Step 2:
From the left hand side list go to "Proxy" tab in case you are not already there. You will have only one button there which says Configure Proxy. Click on that button.

Configure Pidgin to use proxy server

Step 3:

You will be directed to the Gnome Network Proxy Preferences.
Note : This is one thing similar to the Internet Options setting in Windows Control Panel. Will make pretty much every application that is integrated with the environment t use this proxy settings for internet connection. In one way it eases the configuration but I have personally always proffered such control to be on per-application level.

On the screen you must choose "Manual Proxy Configuration". The check on the box below depends on your current case but most of the times it will be checked (that”s why it is there at first place).

The settings will be saved automatically and will become active immediately. That is why no save button exists, don”t be scared :). If the proxy requires user and password to be used you will be prompted on the next page reload.

Configure Pidgin to use proxy server

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