I have a question about Pidgin and Google Hangouts.

Private chats work in Pidgin, all fine.
But how can I get an existing conference in Pidgin via Hangouts?

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    You can't as of now; Hangouts doesn't use XMPP which Pidgin uses communicating with Google Talk – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 13 '13 at 19:05
  • Any news about this? There's already a third party client written in Python... github.com/tdryer/hangups – user513511 Oct 24 '15 at 11:24

Good question, unfortunately it's not supported by Pidgin yet. Pidgin uses the XMPP standard to talk to Google Hangouts, Google Chat, Google Talk, etc. However, Google hangouts with multiple people (conference room) does not use XMPP. Using the web interface or mobile app is probably your best option right now.

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  • Is this still current? – Alexandre Nizoux Jun 5 '15 at 12:14
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    @AlexandreNizoux, as far as I know this is still current and most likely won't change. If I remember correctly, Google Chat used to support XMPP chat rooms, but when they moved to Google Hangouts they removed that functionality. It's unlikely they will go back to their old method of doing group chats. – tbenz9 Jun 5 '15 at 20:08
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    A Hangouts plugin is (currently, at least) one of Pidgin's 2015 Summer of Code projects: developer.pidgin.im/wiki/SummerOfCode2015 . No guarantee of any results, of course, but it does indicate there is an interest. – tecu Jun 7 '15 at 2:29
  • Thanks @tbenz9 and tecu for the information. I'll monitor that. – Alexandre Nizoux Jun 8 '15 at 9:14

A plugin is available for pidgin for Google hangouts called: Hangouts Plugin for libpurple https://bitbucket.org/EionRobb/purple-hangouts/

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