Add a Lync/Office Communicator account to Pidgin/Ubuntu

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Thanks to the SIPE Project (, setting up a Lync/Office Communicator account has never been easier on Linux. The SIPE Project are the creators of a SIPE (SIP Exchange) plug-in for Pidgin, the IM client previously known as Gaim. I will be using Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit for my example. If you are using a different version of Linux, I recommend installing the SIPE plugin from source. Instructions for compiling from source can be found here:

To begin, we will need to install Pidgin and the SIPE plugin for Pidgin:

sudo apt-get install pidgin pidgin-sipe

Congratulations! You now have an IM client setup in Linux that can Connect to a Lync/Office Communicator server! That was easy, wasn't it?
To configure your account, open Pidgin:
Applications > Internet > Pidgin Internet Messenger

Choose Add and select Office Communicator from the protocol list. Fill out the fields as necessary:

(You may have to change the username format to DOMAIN\user)

From the main menu, choose Buddies > Add Buddy.

Select your Buddy's username or email adddress and choose their alias, then hit Add.
You should now see your buddy in the Buddies list.

If you like Pidgin, go ahead and install all of the plugins with this simple command:

sudo apt-get install pidgin*

Hope you enjoy!

*** Update 10-14-2011 ***

Tested to work on Ubuntu 11.10 32 bit

*** Update 10-20-2013 ***

Tested to work on Ubuntu 13.10 64 bit

Sorry, no voice or video chat...

Does it give you any presence information?Is there a way to make Silverlight work in Linux? With the new Lync Server you can integrate it with your Exchange OWA and chat from there. Also if silverlight is working you can join meetings and such within your web browser.

Yes, presence information works. There is Moonlight (Silverlight for Linux). I will have to test it and see if it works with Lync.

have installed Pidgin 2.10.0 (libpurple 2.10.0) in ubuntu 11.10  with office
communicator. contact search is not working in Pidgin ,we unable to
search contact details , any other option for that? 

Unfortunately, no. You must manually add each contact without search. You can't add groups either.

Hi Thanks for your reply , pidgin is working fine with communicator 2005 with contact search through account setting ,but after migrate,i am unable to search contact details in pidgin ,i hope some plug-in is require ,any one advice me please .

Or Any other communicator is available for Linux?

I'm using SIPE 1.9.0 and Pidgin 2.7.3 and contact search isn't working for me either. The only thing I can recommend is that you build the latest version of SIPE, which is currently 1.12.0.

SIPE 1.12.0

Hi thanks for your reply ,i have install  SIPE 1.12.0 using the bellow instrcuction but i am  search , can you help me pls 



Seems to be a common issue. You and I are not able to get it to work, as well as this and this person from the forums. I suggest posting here in the SIPE forums, as it is an issue related to SIPE. Unfortunately, it doesn't look very lively in their forums.

The steps mentioned above not working for lync 2010. How to configure lync 2010 in ubuntu 10.10?

This was tested on Lync 2010. You may have to change the username and login format to USERNAME & DOMAIN\USERNAME instead of USERNAME@DOMAIN.COM. Were you receiving any error messages?

I'm getting SSL Connection Failed error.
If I change the username format to USERNAME, I'm getting the following error - User name should be a valid SIP URI

Please tell me hoe make Audio/video Call and Desktop share in Pidgin-Lync

I tried this but I am getting "Authentication failed" error everytime. I am using the same password as my e-mail.

I am using Pidgin 2.10.9 on Ubuntu 14.04. With this set up the "Add Budy..." menu is always greyed out, therefore I can not add any contacts.

Beyond this, Pidgin is constantly issuing errors once the SIPE plug-in is installed.


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