Purple Hangouts is a libpurple plugin which adds support for the proprietary protocol that Google uses for its Hangouts service.
Using it, you can get extra Google Hangouts features that aren’t available through the XMPP interface in Pidgin and other applications that use libpurple.
Among the extra features (compared to using XMPP) provided by Purple Hangouts are group chats, self messages, synchronized history between devices and SMS support via Google Voice.
To use it (after installing the plugin, obviously – see below) in Pidgin select Accounts > Manage Accounts, click "Add" and from the "Protocol" drop-down, select "Hangouts":
Then enter your username and click "Add".
For authentication, Purple Hangouts uses Google OAuth, and upon adding your username in the Pidgin Hangouts settings and clicking "Add", an authentication box should pop up and a new page should open in your default web browser, asking you to authorize the application with Google.
After authorizing it, a code is displayed in the web browser. Copy this code and paste it into the Pidgin authorization box:
Tip: install Unicode Emoji for Pidgin.
For a complete experience, I recommend installing Unicode emoji for Pidgin. Download unicode-emoji from HERE (click "Download ZIP" in the top right) and extract the downloaded archive in the ~/.purple/smileys/ folder (if it doesn’t exist, create it).
Once installed, restart Pidgin, go to Tools > Preferences and on the Themes tab, select "Hangouts" for "Smiley Theme":
Install Purple Hangouts in Ubuntu via PPA
Ubuntu, Linux Mint (and derivatives) users can install Purple Hangouts by using the main WebUpd8 PPA. To add the PPA and install Purple Hangouts, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 sudo apt update sudo apt install purple-hangouts pidgin-hangouts
If you don’t want to add the PPA, grab the deb files from HERE (you’ll need both purple-hangouts and pidgin-hangouts).
See the Purple Hangouts BitBucket page for source and installation instructions for other Linux distributions as well as Windows downloads.
Report any bugs you may encounter @ BitBucket .
Thanks to Frederik F for thetip!
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