Pidgin 2.5.5 – cannot connect to Yahoo messenger

I just noticed the abnormality with Pidgin 2.5.5 (running on Debian) these few days — I couldn’t connect my Yahoo messenger account at all. According to the discussion of Bug #389278 it appears that Yahoo was trying to change its protocol.

A quick way to have Pidgin connecting to Yahoo messenger server again is to change the Pager server setting for the Yahoo account in Pidgin.

To do this, from Pidgin:

  • Manage Accounts (Ctrl + A)
  • Select the Yahoo account from the list (assuming you’ve set one up before), and click Modify
  • Click on Advanced tab, under the Yahoo Options, in the Pager server field replace with

Try to connect to Yahoo messenger server again. It worked for me.

Credit: Bug #389278 in pidgin (Ubuntu)


Please cosider upgrade your Pidgin to version 2.5.7. I just upgraded mine and the problem seems to have gone away. Don’t forget to change the Page Server back to


61 thoughts on “Pidgin 2.5.5 – cannot connect to Yahoo messenger

  1. I’m running pidgin on windows, it’s already using pager server, but still cannot connected since 3 days ago.

    do u have any idea? thx

  2. shavinder says:

    I was facing the same problem and was able to connect with your suggestion. I have been on my wits end these past few days! Thanks!

  3. Yfrwlf says:

    Pidgin just crashes for me when I try it. Maybe I need a newer version, but Yahoo sucks. I just wish Jabber clients would get Jingle support.

  4. shavinder says:

    I am able to connect to yahoo and am able to talk with my buddies but i just discovered I am not able to join any yahoo chat room!!! Are you guys able to join yahoo rooms? Please let me know and tell me a solution if any. Thanks in advance.

  5. yeah its work, perfect solution, i can connect pidgin after update my ubuntu. try to change with kopete but can’t connect to. NOW with change to everything ok.

    thanks man

    • godless says:

      Upgrade pidgin to 2.5.7 and don’t forget to change the server back to
      . It worked for me, I was not able to connect room when I used the cn.scs server

  6. Guest says:

    it works. thanks.
    but there is still problem.
    no avatar/pic appears in any of my friends
    in the list. also, i cannot recieve file anymore.

  7. C says:

    Dude, you rock. I’m running Pidgin on a USB drive and the updated version isn’t available yet. I have tried numerous different servers posted on other sites but yours works. Thanks for posting.

    • Hey, glad it was helpful. Pidgin on my Debian is a bit messed up now. It worked for awhile after I updated it to 2.5.8. Now, it doesn’t display “protocol” in each account. It’s a bit difficult to verbally describe it. I’ll post the screenshot later.

      Hopefully someone else could help me.

  8. Narayanas says:

    Well the yahoo issues seem almost completely addressed. Modifying the server settings by adding cn solved the problems but temporarily. Now with Pidgin 2.5.8 many of the issues seem resolved: Just in case you forget: After you upgrade to Pidgin 2.5.8, revert to the old server settings! Just remove the ‘cn’ you added earlier, and all will be fine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thank you very much. I have the same problem with Pidgin 2.4.3 in Debian with LXDE. The status is always “connecting”. After change Yahoo server address, it works!

  10. hello,
    Thank you very much for helping……
    Now thw yahoo messenger is working fine but i cannot enter into any rooms. It showing the room list but when we select a room and click the join button it did not showing anything..please help……

    I am waiting for your reply..

  11. newton says:

    I tried with my pidgin 2.5.2 for alpha 400 netbook…it still sys connecting….and Icnt seemto update it….HELP! PLZ!!

  12. seni says:

    Hasn’t worked for me cuz i am not given the authority to update my’s an office system.if anybody knows what to do so i can go back to pidgin ,kindly help me.i am tired of this mess.

  13. Gabriel Moise says:

    I can’t see the avatars in Pindgin, i’m using ubuntu 10.10. Can someone help me ? I checked the show buddy details. Thank’s !

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