Adium message styles in Pidgin (Ubuntu Karmic)
I always liked Adium on OS X a lot, it’s the Mac fork of the famous Pidgin, a multi-protocol messaging client. I really LOVE Pidgin – but one thing was always missing – the fancy look. But finally, it can be helped!
Here’s what to do. These steps are for Ubuntu 9.10 only.
1. Open up a terminal, and type (or paste):
sudo apt-get install pidgin-dev libpurple-dev
2. Next, add the WebKit repository, as Adium styles require WebKit on the Mac. You have to open up the Software Sources tool under System/Administration/Software Sources. There, click on “Other Software”, then “Add…”, and paste this line:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webkit-team/ppa/ubuntu jaunty maindeb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/webkit-team/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
The content will reload as new software just became available.
3. Back to the terminal, and paste:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libwebkit-dev
This will install required development files for WebKit.
4. Next, download THIS FILE, save it to a location of your choice.
5. In a terminal, do
bzip2 -d /path/to/pidgin-webkit.tar.bz2
to extract the file.
6. In the extracted folder there are two folders which we need to copy into your libpurple folder. This is how to do it:
cp /path/to/pidgin-webkit-folder/message_styles ~/.purple && cp /path/to/pidgin-webkit-folder/plugins ~/.purple
Close Pidgin entirely and open it again. Go to Tools / Plugins, and behold your new entry!
You can now go, to use themes of AdiumXtras.com. Beware – some themes will not work, most of them will however.
To install a new theme, download any one of your choice, extract the zip, and in the folder you will find another folder named “NameOfStyle.AdiumMessageStyle”. You need to copy this to
Once you have it in there, again go to Tools / Plugins / WebKit, then select “Configure plugin”. There you will then see a list… In my example I installed iChadium, a iChat emulating message style:
As you can see you can select any sub-style you want.
Once done, behold your all-new shiny Adium on Ubuntu!