Monday, June 22, 2009

Fixing Pidgin error on Yahoo login

Applicable to: Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope UPDATE: The cause of the problem seems to be a new login protocol. The guys responsible for pidgin has released a version with the fix. The only problem is that the guys responsible for ubuntu don't normally update pidgin. You can visit the official download page here or see the instructions below: Open a terminal window and run each line below:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver \

echo deb \
`lsb_release --short --codename` main | \
sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pidgin-ppa.list

sudo apt-get upgrade pidgin
Did it work for you? You are welcome to post your comments/questions or better yet, link to this post, blog about it and tell all your friends who might find this post useful. Hope this helps!

OLD ENTRY: It's been a week already since I was able to use pidgin to login to the Yahoo network on my Ubuntu installation. There seems to be a problem with the To fix this problem, go to Accounts -> Manage Accounts then select the Yahoo account then click on Modify. Go to the Advanced tab and set Pager server to Click on Save and restart Pidgin.


  1. Alas, it is now saying that the server refused the connection. At least it is a different error...

  2. @NonstopCrunchy

    Are you still having problems? Maybe I can help? You can email me at jessie dot evangelista at gmail dot com

  3. Thanks it works like a magic.

  4. I think you missed something.
    You should first do

    sudo apt-get update

    before upgrading pidgin :p