Gaim 1.5 tooltip/buddy image patch

Note: This patch is superseded since Gaim 2.0 (now called Pidgin) where most of the features are available. The patch remains on this site for anyone interested.

Patch features:

  • Buddy icons in buddy tooltip. Screenshots below
  • Show their nicknames in the titlebar in parentheses (mostly for MSN contacts). Screenshot below
  • "Show buddy icon" (as opposed to the "Hide icon" popup menu item) added to conversation menu

Download patch for 1.5.0


main screenshot

preferences screenshot 1

preferences screenshot 2

Instructions for Linux

  1. Download the source for gaim 1.5.0
  2. untar the archive: tar xvfj gaim-1.5.0.tar.bz2
  3. Download my patch and place it in same folder as the TAR archive
  4. patch -p0 < gaim-1.5.0.diff
  5. cd gaim-1.5.0/
  6. ./configure --prefix=/usr
  7. make
  8. sudo make install

You might have problems compiling gaim with SSL support which is needed for MSN. Please refer to the Gaim FAQ about SSL.

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