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Installing pidgin

Using MacPorts

This is about installing pidgin 2.7.9_0 from MacPorts to Snow Leopard on May 7th 2011:

  • Install MacPorts (I've been using 1.8.0-10.6)
  • Install from MacPorts:
    • autoconf
    • automake
  • Make sure, the Macports binary dir is in your $PATH, so autoconf and automake from Macports will be used.
  • Install Pidgin with support for Quartz:
PATH=/opt/local/bin:$PATH /opt/local/bin/port install pidgin +quartz +no_x11 

It will run into errors as some diff files do not fit any more. You can remove all patch related entries from /opt/local/var/macports/sources/ and rerun the install command.


  • A slightly outdated but more verbose post in the "Lumber Room" did help me a lot, especially the part on “native GTK”.
  • There is a binary on sourceforge which is a little bit outdated [as of May 2011], but installs and starts fine.
docs/tips_n_tricks/max_os_x/pidgin.html.txt · Last modified: 07.05.2011 08:43 CEST by peter