SkypeWeb Plugin

for Pidgin/libpurple/Adium

by Eion Robb



This is the SkypeWeb plugin for Pidgin/libpurple. It allows you to see your Skype contacts in Pidgin/libpurple, send them instant messages and participate in group chats. GPLv3 licensed. Requires libjson-glib to use.



Windows users can download latest builds from libskypeweb-debug.dll or pidgin-skypeweb-installer.exe

The plugin requires libjson-glib which is part of the installer exe or can be downloaded from github and copied to the Program Files (x86)\Pidgin folder (not the plugins subfolder)


Requires devel headers/libs for libpurple and libjson-glib [libglib2.0-dev, libjson-glib-dev and libpurple-dev]

	git clone git://
	cd skype4pidgin/skypeweb
	sudo make install

Source Code

Code is hosted on Github at

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Legacy Skype API Plugin

Click here to view information about the old, legacy skype plugin


This is the older Skype API Plugin for Pidgin/libpurple/Adium that has been made obsolete by the SkypeWeb plugin above. If you're already running Skype, you can have your Skype contacts displayed with your Pidgin/libpurple/Adium contacts. It is intended as a complete replacement for the Skype user interface, hopefully everything you can do in Skype you can do with this plugin.

Readme.txt file about this plugin

A Changelog can be found here RSS Feed


This plugin is Free to use and modify the source code, however it was started because of the large bounty placed on it. So far I have not received this bounty so if you like it as much as I've liked coding it, perhaps you'll consider making a donation? You can either send money using Skype (not through the plugin), or by PayPal from the button on the left. Donations will be put towards web-hosting fees as well as used for testing some of the paid services of Skype. A big thank you to the people who have made a donation.

Important Updates

Skype 4 for Windows will open chat windows even when in silent mode. Change this setting to fix this issue


Core Programs

Last update 26 Jul 2018
Last update 26 Jul 2018
Last update 26 Jul 2018


Protocol Icons

Jakub Szypulka has made up some awesome tangofied Skype icons that you can use, under the creative commons 3.0 licence. Just grab the zipfile from above and extract them to your pixmaps/pidgin/protocols/ directory. (The icons are already part of the deb and exe packages)

Skype Emoticons Theme

Andrei Neculau has made an emoticons pack that has the original Skype emoticons (as well as the other IM's). You can grab it from here.



  1. Add your Skype account to Pidgin
  2. Skype confirms your access
  3. Pidgin comes up in Skype API config
  4. Start Chatting


  1. Add Skype account to Pidgin
  2. Shows up on the accounts list
  3. Skype double-checks you're not a hacker
  4. Skype contacts, Ahoy! (ooh! buddy icons)


  1. Add an account
  2. Skype confirms
  3. In the API List
  4. There's some buddies
  5. ;
  6. And a message for fun

Source Code

If you're after the cutting edge source, you can view the git repository here or checkout the source by using the following command:

svn checkout skype4pidgin


Since this plugin is a 'derivative work' of libpurple, it is released under the GPLv3 licence

Isn't it against the GPL to interface with proprietry software? No, I believe not. Although this plugin can never be used in a Free (as in freedom) World, the GPL allows communication with proprietary software. The FSF seem to agree with me on this point.


You can contact me by preferably emailing me at or messaging me on Skype at BigBrownChunx

Sometimes I write about Skype stuff on my blog.