How to Set Up Spark With Pidgin

By Chris Hoffman

Spark is an open-source instant messaging client that connects to Openfire servers. Openfire servers use the XMPP, or Jabber, instant messaging protocol. Pidgin, a multi-protocol instant messaging program, includes support for XMPP servers. You can set up a Spark account in Pidgin by configuring it as an XMPP account and setting your organization's server information. Contacts from your Spark account will show up on your Pidgin buddy list along with contacts from any other instant messaging accounts configured in Pidgin.

Step 1

Click the "Accounts" menu at the top of the Pidgin Buddy List window and click "Manage Accounts."

Step 2

Click the "Add" button at the bottom of the Accounts window.

Step 3

Click the "Protocol" box in the Add Account window and click "XMPP."

Step 4

Type your Spark username into the "Username" box.

Step 5

Type the address of your organization's Spark server into the "Domain" box.

Step 6

Type a description of your location, such as "Laptop" or "Office," into the "Resource" box.

Step 7

Type your Spark password into the "Password" box and click the "Remember Password" check box if you want Pidgin to remember it. If you don't enter your password, Pidgin will ask you for it each time you connect to your Spark server.

Step 8

Click the "Advanced" tab at the top of the Add Account window.

Step 9

Type the address of your organization's spark server into the "Connect Server" box.

Step 10

Type the port your organization's Spark server uses into the "Connect Port" box. If you don't know the port, leave the port set to the default of "5222."

Step 11

Click the "Add" button at the bottom of the Add Account window.