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What plugin or software is available to use Pidgin's native text formatting system to allow IRC messages to be sent with formatted text?

            [Screenshot of Pidgin with an IRC chat open]

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Same issue here :( – mmrs151 May 14 '14 at 13:13

From the official Pidgin web site

To setup the PPA, follow these steps: 
1. Click to download the Pidgin PPA package.
2. Select Open with: and GDebi Package Installer. Click OK.
3. Click Install Package.
4. Click Close. Then close GDebi.

After doing this, check for and apply updates: 
1. Click System, point to Administration, and click Update Manager.
2. Click Check.
3. Click Install Updates.

That helped me, hope that will help you as well.

Give it a try.

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These were instructions to update Pidgin to the latest PPA version but an updated Pidgin does not add IRC formatting functionality and the PPA is considered deprecated. – Deltik Aug 18 '15 at 11:53

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