How to Use Nickserv Using Pidgin


NickServ is a service that many Internet Relay Chat (IRC) clients use to allow you to register your username and password without having to set it up directly at their sites. Pidgin supports many chat clients and allows you to use them simultaneously. With most chat clients, you have to register for the service before you can set up the account on Pidgin, but Pidgin can register for IRCs as well as chat with them, because of NickServ.

  • Download Pidgin and install it on your computer. If you run Windows, go to the Pidgin site and run the .exe file you download from it. If you run Linux, download and install it from the repository, from your Software Center or Package Manager.

  • Open your applications or your program menu. Click on "Pidgin" in the list. It might be listed under a category, such as "Internet."

  • Click on the Tools menu and choose "Plugins." Check the box next to the "IRC Helper" plug-in to enable it. Click "Close."

  • Add an account. Under the Accounts menu, click on "Manage Accounts." When the window opens, click the "Add" button. Select "IRC" from the client drop-down list and enter the server of the client you want to use. Some examples include and Enter the username you want to register in the username field. Click "Save." If it does not enable automatically, enable it.

  • Type the following command into the Nickserv window that opens:

    /msg nickserv register password

    Replace "password" and "" with the password you want to use and a valid email address. To sign in, identify yourself with this command, replacing "password" with your password:

    /msg nickserv identify password

  • Select the Accounts menu and choose "Manage Accounts" to open the management window. Highlight the IRC account and click the "Modify" button. Click the "Advanced" tab and type "NickServ" into the "Auth Name" field. Type your password into the "Nick Password" field and click the check box next to "Remember Password."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need help finding an IRC to use, IRC Reviews has a list of Internet Relay Chat networks that run on various operating systems.
  • Pidgin does not have a version for Mac. If you're using a Mac, try Adium, which has a lot of the same code and runs many of the same protocols.

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