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A libpurple/Pidgin plugin for Discord

( For free/libre software that allows you to create/manage your account with Discord, check out Harmony )


Windows nightly builds from here

The plugin requires libjson-glib which can be downloaded from github and copied to the Program Files\Pidgin folder (not the plugins subfolder).


The plugin is available in the main repositories of many Linux and BSD distros. Thanks to the maintainers of all these packages.


Extract purple-discord-9999.ebuild and copy it to /usr/local/portage/x11-plugins/purple-discord with folders created as necessary.

    mkdir -p /usr/local/portage/x11-plugins/purple-discord
	cp purple-discord-9999.ebuild /usr/local/portage/x11-plugins/purple-discord
	cd /usr/local/portage/x11-plugins/purple-discord
	ebuild purple-discord-9999.ebuild manifest
	eix-update; eix-diff # only if eix is installed
	emerge purple-discord

Thank you to Penaz for this package.


Requires devel headers/libs for libpurple and libjson-glib [libglib2.0-dev, libjson-glib-dev and libpurple-dev], [libnss3-dev and libqrencode-dev] (for QR Code authentication), as well as ImageMagick [imagemagick] (to build icons) and [gettext] (for translations).

	git clone
	cd purple-discord
	sudo make install

Slash Commands

Purple-discord supports the following slash commands:

Command Usage Description
nick /nick <new nickname> Changes nickname on a server.
kick /kick <username> Remove someone from a server.
ban /ban <username> Remove someone from a server and prevent them from rejoining.
leave /leave Leave the channel.
part /part Leave the channel.
pinned /pinned Display pinned messages.
roles /roles Display server roles.
threads /threads Display active channel threads.
thread /thread <timestamp> <message> Sends message to thread.
react /react <timestamp> <emoji> Reacts to message at timestamp with emoji.
unreact /unreact <timestamp> <emoji> Removes the reaction emoji from the message at timestamp.
reply /reply <timestamp> <message> Replies to message at timestamp.
threadhistory /threadhistory <timestamp> Retrieves full history of thread.
thist /thist <timestamp> Alias of threadhistory.
grabhistory /grabhistory Retrieves full history of channel. Intended for rules channels and the like. Using this on old, highly active channels is not recommended.
hist /hist Alias of grabhistory.

For commands that take a timestamp argument, the valid timestamp formats are YYYY-MM-DDthh:mm:ss, YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss, and hh:mm:ss. For example:

/reply 14:46:38 This is a reply to a message
/react 2022-02-02t14:46:38 :rwgrimNice:
/thread 2022-02-02T14:46:38 I am sending a message to a thread

Advanced Options

Use status message as in-game info: If enabled, the status message set via Pidgin (the text under Available, Away, etc in the buddy list) will be used as the game info for Discord "Playing ...".

Auto-create rooms on buddy list: If enabled, the plugin will add the channels (rooms) from the servers you're on as chats on your buddy list. This is preferred if you're using Pidgin, so you don't need to access the room list manually (from the buddy list, Tools->Room List). If you're not using Pidgin (or finch), you probably don't want this, since they have different buddy list APIs. Note: If the room list changes, it won't recreate the list unless you delete the entire group.

Number of users in a large channel: Mention behaviour is "smart" in here. If you're in a small channel, every time a message is sent, you'll be notified and the channel will pop up. If you're in a large channel, you'll only be notified if you're explicitly mentioned in the message. This value is the threshold to define a large channel. By default, if there are more than 80 (online) users in the channel, it will be considered large.

Display images in conversations: Automatically downloads attached images and displays them in DMs and small channels.

Display images in large servers: Like above, but for large channels. Needs Display images in conversations to be turned on to work.

Max displayed image width (0 disables): The maximum image width to download when Display images in conversations is turned on. Plugin will fetch a smaller version of the image if it is too large.

Display custom emoji as inline images: Automatically downloads custom emoji from the server and displays it in Pidgin as an inline image instead of as a URL link.

Approximate max number of users to keep track of, per server (0 disables): The approximate maximum number of users to store presence information on per server, to keep memory use down. Works best in multiples of 100. Minimum is 200.

Fetch unread chat messages when account connects: Experimental. Attempts to open and populate server channels at start based on your mention settings.

Indicate thread replies with this prefix: Sets the prefix used to indicate a thread reply. Thread replies will be formatted as [user-set prefix][thread timestamp]: [message].

Indicate thread parent messages with this prefix: As above, but for the first/parent message of a thread.


To mention a user in a chat room, you can either use tab-completion at the start of the message, or prefix their username with an @ eg, SeriousEion: i am mentioning @SeriousEion

Bitlbee and spectrum2 users

Discord doesn't like you trying to connect from remote IP addresses so you'll need to grab an auth token from your browsers local storage:

Bitlbee users can then set the token with acc eionrobb-discord set token .......

spectrum2 users will need to edit the accounts.xml file to add the token. <setting name='token' type='string'>...</setting>

Alternatively, if you've compiled with QR Code auth support, leaving the password field empty will show a QR Code that you can scan from the Discord mobile app to login.

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