Linux has no native Hangouts client
I didn’t find a really native Hangouts client app for Linux. There are some apps, but no one is fully comfortable for me. I could use the web-browser way, but I’m an old school guy. So….
Use Pidgin to rule them all, Hangouts too
On my Linux machines, a really suitable solution is to use Pidgin and configure it as Hangouts client. Really easy to do that and the program works like a charm with Hangouts chats.
- It depends on your distribution. First command is for Fedora, the second for Ubuntu. Install the Pidgin app:
sudo dnf install pidgin
sudo apt-get install pidgin
Open the Pidgin client, add an account and select the ‘XMPP’ Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol.
- Put you username. It’s the first part of your Gmail email address:
user.name of firstname.lastname@example.org
- Insert the domain:
- Press ‘Save’ and connect.
I use the two-factor authentication to sign in to my Google account, so I need an app-specific password to log in to Pidgin. Don’t work with my usual Gmail password. To do this, I must go to Google App Passwords and create a new password for the Pidgin app. If you don’t use two-factor authentication use your normal password.