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Pidgin Embedded Video Imageview

Back in November we posted a Pidgin plugin called Pidgin Embedded Video which transforms links to videos from YouTube and other video websites into videos embedded directly into the Pidgin conversation window. Today I stumbled upon a patched Pidgin Embedded Video which also displays images from links into the Pidgin conversation window. So when someone sends you a link to an image you don't have to click it as the image will be displayed directly into the Pidgin conversation window.


There are no .debs file available, but compiling it is very easy. Please note that I've only tested this in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx so I don't know if it will work on older Ubuntu versions.

Update: you can now install Pidgin Embedded video with image support from the Frasten PPA: https://launchpad.net/%7Efrasten/+archive/ppa


1. Install the dependencies required to compile it:

These are the packages required to compile Pidgin Embedded video + Image view. I assume you already have all the build packages installed (build-essentials and so on)!

a) For Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx or 10.10 Maverick Meerkat:
sudo apt-get install pidgin-dev libpurple-dev libglib2.0-dev libwebkit-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev

b) For Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala or older (not tested):
sudo bash -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webkit-team/ppa/ubuntu YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
In the command above, replace "YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE" with your Ubuntu version (karmic, jaunty and so on).

And then:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 2D9A3C5B
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pidgin-dev libpurple-dev libglib2.0-dev libwebkit-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev


2. Compile Pidgin Embedded video + Image view
cd
wget http://geekr.googlecode.com/files/pidgin-embeddedvideo-imageview.tar.gz
tar -xvf pidgin-embeddedvideo-imageview.tar.gz
cd pidgin-embeddedvideo-imageview/
./configure --prefix=/usr
make
sudo make install


3. That's it with the compilation. Now you'll have to enable the plugin: in Pidgin, go to Tools > Plugins and enable "Pidgin Embedded Video".