Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a free and open-source multi-platform instant messaging client, based on a library named libpurple that has support for many instant messaging protocols, allowing the user to simultaneously log in to various services from one application.


Pidgin users can connect to the KodeNet XMPP/Jabber network with the following steps.

  1. The following dialog will be presented after launching Pidgin for the first time. Pidgin
  2. After clicking Add the XMPP protocol must be selected. The Username field should only contain the first part of the Jabber ID without @domain since Pidgin requires the domain in a separate field. Resource can be anything like Home or Work, but could also be left blank. In the example I chose Pidgin.Pidgin

The XMPP/Jabber account should now show Online. Pidgin

By default newly connected accounts will see a Support contact in the roster list. This contact is not required to have and can be removed or re-added at anytime. This contact is simply available for questions and assistance.