I am unable to connect to gmail chat through pidgin (2.10.9) on Debian.

But Facebook chat is working fine.

Have tried this:

  1. Google support https://support.google.com/a/answer/49147?hl=en
  2. a blog suggestion

Telnet shows

$ telnet gmail.com 5222 
Trying 2404:6800:4007:801::1015... 
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Network is unreachable

Tried pidgin FAQ suggestion

at console

dig +short SRV _xmpp-client._tcp.gmail.com 


5 0 5222 xmpp.l.google.com.
20 0 5222 alt4.xmpp.l.google.com. 
20 0 5222 alt2.xmpp.l.google.com. 
20 0 5222 alt1.xmpp.l.google.com.
20 0 5222 alt3.xmpp.l.google.com.
  • Check your netwrok. There seems to be some issue – frlan Sep 12 '14 at 7:04
  • I have internet access.Also, fb chat is working with pidgin. What else can I check, any suggestion? – AAI Sep 12 '14 at 7:12
  • your firewall seems to be blocking those ports. – Sathyajith Bhat Sep 12 '14 at 9:27

Enabled allow less secure apps option in Google account. This solved the problems with all the standard pidgin settings for the gtalk.

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    Not the greatest solution, since it explicitly makes your account less secure. Is there any way other than this? – Nicholi May 28 '15 at 20:31

The question is rather old, but I still encountered this problem today. So, here's a solution. Use these settings in the advanced tab:

Connection security: "Use old-style SSL"
Connect port: 5223
Connect server: talk.google.com

Particularly setting the Connect server appears to be important.

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