Google Talk (GTalk) in Linux!

linux-logoEnable GTALK from Gaim in Linux

By Synapse

Gaim is what you probably use if you use Linux and want to connect to Yahoo or MSN. Lately google talk has been steadily becoming popular among people. Not many know that you can use Gaim to connect to the google talk servers and chat with your gtalk friends! Here’s how you go about it –

1.Click Accounts > Add (At the main login screen)
2.From the protocol dropdown select Jabber
3.Your screen name will be your gmail address except Example: If your address is then your screen name will be xyz
4.Change the server from to
5.Password will be the same password that you use for Gmail
6.Click show more options
7.“Use TLS is available” should be checked
8.The connect server should be “”

[Edit : The connect server should be ‘’ Please make note of the change]

Chat away!

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About synapse
Programming, motorcycles and photography. Want to do more, but only have time for so much!

27 Responses to Google Talk (GTalk) in Linux!

  1. You can also use Kopete or any other Jabber-capable clients, if that’s the client you prefer. But personally, I wish Google would provide a client for Linux. Google Talk is a great, lightweight Jabber client. I like its style.

  2. Sandeep Kale says:

    Yup!! tats cool.

  3. Ashish C. says:

    Hmm… Kewl. Hope that the stupid Rediffbol network is accessible on Linux too since that’s what most customer’s demand the main reason why I have to use Windows. If you’re confused – I run a Cyber Cafe. 🙂 Thanks for the info.

  4. gautham says:

    when i use gaim can i use any port other than 5222. In my organization it is blocked as per the organization policy.

  5. Shrikant says:

    hi, I am using openSUSE 10.2, and i couldn’t find gaim for my operating system. Kevin, can you help me configure my Kopete which came along with the OS, for using gtalk, please…

    and if someone knows a place which has gaim for this OS, plz let me know.

    Thank you.

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  8. synapse says:

    @Shrikant – Gaim is now Pidgin. Do a search for pidgin and you should find a package

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  10. Jawahar Tadipatri says:

    hey…i did the same thing..but its throwing me a connection error …every i try to connect, it is unable to do there any other setting i have to do??!!!

  11. lahu deshmukh says:

    thanks for dowaloading

  12. tonyo says:


    if you dont fancy the looooong process of installing PIDgin…

    make sure your firewall or proxy can recognise the 5222 port…if not, add a rule (dependant on the one you have) if you dont, get someone or a system admin to do. If you are in a public zone “e.g. cyber, WI-FI ZONE etc.” this wont matter.

    protocol: jabber
    screen name:
    server: whichever works best in your case

    click advanced:

    check “Use TLS if available”
    check “Require TLS”

    connect port: 5222


    Proxy type: you can play around with this until you get the desired result

    click “save”

    connect, provide the password

    Home “a bit wet” but your home!!!

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  22. jitendra says:

    theres any gtalk,which runs on linux?my OS is rhel5.1.

  23. nitin says:

    would it be able to make voice calls

  24. Manohar Kuse says:

    When is gtalk comin for linux>???
    any idea??

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