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Pidgin plugin for windows 8 toast notifications
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Pidgin plugin for windows 8 toast notifications using console-toast-8. Toast notifications contain the senders alias, avatar and leading message content.

pidgin-toast-8 screenshot


Firstly, big thanks to forward2mobile for the their install instructions (this script is based off their script too).

Secondly, this project displays toasts by invoking console-toast-8 via the console, so you will need to clone and build that too.

  1. Install a flavour of Perl for Windows if you don't have it already:
  2. Restart Pidgin and go to Help:Build Information in the menu. Scroll to the bottom and check for "Perl: Enabled". If Perl is disabled, restart and/or reinstall Pidgin or reinstall Perl until it is enabled.
  3. Save the .pl script under C:\Users\your_user\AppData\Roaming\.purple\plugins (plugins dir might not exist yet).
  4. Save pidgin.ico in C:\Program Files (x86)\Pidgin (this is used as the application icon which appears on the toast).
  5. Clone and build console-toast-8, then add \bin\Release to your PATH.
  6. Restart pidgin.
  7. Check that the script is enabled under Tools->Plugins.
  8. Optionally you can unpin the pidgin-toast-8 shortcut from your start screen, just don't delete the physical shortcut (this is required for toasts to work).
  9. Optionally you can edit the call to console-toast-8 to make notifications silent or remove avatars for more text (check the readme for options).


GNU GPL v2 (as required by Pidgin).

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