Configuring Jabber clients for use with Riseup's chat service.

About Pidgin

Pidgin is the most popular instant message client for GNU/Linux, Windows, and Mac. You can download Pidgin from For Mac, check out Adium, the native build of pidgin for Mac.

Setting up an account

When you first start pidgin, hit the Add… button to add an account.

(1) Under Basic tab, set these values:

  • Protocol: XMPP
  • Username: your Riseup username
  • Domain:
  • Password: your Riseup Passwords

Optionally, set the local alias to be your name, and add an icon for yourself. Other people will see this icon on their jabber client.

Using OTR

See the Off the Record tutorial for details on using end-to-end encryption with Pidgin.

Securing pidgin on GNU/Linux

For added security on Linux systems, we recommend you secure your pidgin using these steps:

Tor with Pidgin configuration

To configure Pidgin to use Tor, you need to modify your account settings as follows:

First chose Modify Account Settings

then click the Advanced tab and set the following values:

  • Connection Security: Require encryption
  • Connect Port: 5222
  • Connect Server: 4cjw6cwpeaeppfqz.onion
  • File Transfer Proxies:

Then click on the Proxy tab…

Set the proxy type to be Socks5, set the host and port as shown in the image, and set your username and password.