Pidgin (formerly GAIM) is an open-source multi-protocol IM client which can allow to chat over MSN, Yahoo, AIM and many other protocols. The following settings will allow Pidgin to work with Google Talk.

1. Open Pidgin and go to Add / Edit under the Account menu.

2. Click on Add.

3. On the Basic tab, Use the following settings under Login Options:

    Protocol: XMPP
    Screen name: google id (everything before the @ symbol)
    Domain: gmail.com (use googlemail.com if your email ends in @googlemail.com)
    Password: your password
    Remember Password: check for automatic login

The Resource and Local Alias fields are not required

Pidgin settings

4. On the Advanced tab,

    Force old (port 5223) SSL: Checked
    Allow plaintext auth over unencrypted streams: Unchecked
    Connect Port: 443
    Connect Server: talk.google.com
    Proxy type: Use Global Proxy Settings

5. Click the Save button.

Troubleshooting:
If you’ve tried a number of settings prior to this guide and are still unable to connect,

Pidgin Accounts Window

  1. Click the Save button and not the Register button after modifying any settings.
  2. The Enable checkbox next to your account in the Accounts window needs to be checked.

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