single sign on in pidgin

Ethan Blanton elb at
Fri Mar 16 10:23:34 EDT 2012

Chris Hall spake unto us the following wisdom:
> I was looking into Pidgin, and thinking of going back to it.  It's been a
> couple years.  I've been using Digsby.  One of the features I've really
> fallen in love with from them is the single sign on feature.. essentially,
> when you install Digsby, you sign on with your "digsby" account.  All of
> your saved account info, settings, themes, etc are then downloaded to the
> new machine you are using, and there's no need to go about setting up
> yahoo, ICQ, MSN, AOL, Facebook, GTalk, jabber, etc.. it's all ready to go.
>  This is really useful for me as I have 3 - 4 machines I can float between.
>  Sometimes I'll find myself temp. using a new machine.  Setting up all
> those IM accounts again and again becomes a royal pain.  At any rate, I was
> wondering if Pidgin had a feature similar to this.  If not, is it in the
> works, or could it be suggested as a feature in upcoming releases?

Pidgin has no such feature.  In order to accomplish this, you are
sending all of your account information to Digsby servers, where they
are storing it.  Leaving aside the obvious security implications of
this, we have no desire to maintain services.  Pidgin is not a
commercial venture and has no incentive or structure in place to do
so.  We don't want to be responsible for either your data or your
privacy.  Apparently Digsby does(?).

You can copy your .purple directory from machine to machine, which may
do what you want.

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