Skype Plugin

Skype API Plugin

for Pidgin/libpurple/Adium

by Eion Robb



This is the Skype API Plugin for Pidgin/libpurple/Adium. 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 16 Oct 2012

Last update 16 Oct 2012

Last update 16 Oct 2012


  • theme (Emoticons theme) – Last update 18 Nov 2007
  • (Protocol icons) – Last update 9 Dec 2007

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. And a message for fun

Source Code

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

svn checkout skype4pidgin-read-only


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.


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.

  1. #1 by Hi on 2012-10-19 - 5:47 am

    could you update the changelog pls?

  2. #2 by Angan on 2013-03-23 - 4:15 am

    Sorry but what’s the point of this plugin ??? In order to use it i must have skype installed and running which renders the whole pidgin plugin totally useless

    • #3 by Eion Robb on 2013-04-02 - 2:37 pm

      I agree that it’s not ideal to need Skype running, but at the moment it’s the only legal way of doing it. If you’re already going to have Skype running, then you’re not at any loss by using the plugin, you’ll just get to use all the cool Pidgin plugins/functionality with it (and it’s great for OTR over Skype)

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