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A replacement Yahoo prpl (protocol plugin) for Pidgin/libpurple

In 2016 Yahoo decided that they would give next-to-no notice that they were retiring their old protocol in favour of a brand new protocol that doesn't do nearly as much as the old one. Whilst Microsoft were kind enough to give people a couple of years to plan transitions for MSN, compare that with the 2 months that Yahoo were so generous to provide.

Unfortunately I drew the short straw and ended up writing this plugin in a rush at the last minute in order to scrape something together for unfortunate Yahoo users to use.

This is not a slight change from the old protocol to a new one, instead, it's a completly different protocol with the Yahoo name slapped on it. Thus there are several features that the new protocol doesn't have:

  • Typing notifications
  • Away/Idle statuses
  • Your old buddy list
  • Bold/italic/underline formatting

Please don't hate me because they're missing.

If you're having trouble logging in, try logging into once. It seems to initialize your account in some way.

How to set up

Add a new account to Pidgin. The dropdown list should have a "Yahoo (2016)" option. add account screenshot

How to install on Windows

Download libyahoo-plusplus.dll and place into your Program Files\Pidgin\plugins folder. (If you haven't used the Facebook, Skypeweb or Hangouts plugin before you'll also need to download libjson-glib-1.0.dll and place that into Program Files\Pidgin - not the plugins folder.)

How to compile for Linux

sudo apt-get install libpurple-dev libjson-glib-dev libglib2.0-dev git make;
git clone && cd funyahoo-plusplus;
make && sudo make install

How to compile for windows

You probably don't want to do this, but follow these instructions to build pidgin and get a working build environment, then adjust the first few lines of the makefile to match your paths (ignore pidgin3 stuff) and type make to get your dll. Good luck with that.

Just use the binaries instead.

Whats up with the name?

Just a fun jab at some of the forks/clones of Pidgin over the years

GPLv3+ licenced


A replacement Yahoo prpl (protocol plugin) for Pidgin/libpurple








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