How to install Empathy in Ubuntu?

Empathy is an instant messaging and VoIP client app that supports text, audio & video chats, file transfer by using different instant messaging protocols which include Jabber, Google Talk, etc.

It was created by the forking Gossip project by Michael Hallendal and Richard Hult.

In this article, I will discuss how to install and use Empathy in Ubuntu Linux.


To follow this guide you should have the following –

  • A system running Ubuntu or a Ubuntu-based distribution
  • Access to a user account with sudo privilege

How to install Empathy in Ubuntu

Empathy is available in Ubuntu’s official repository you can install it by using the apt package manager. Before installing it on your system make sure to update your apt package index by using the given command –

sudo apt update

Next, use the following command to install it on your system –

sudo apt install empathy

If it asks for your confirmation press y and then Enter to continue the installation process.

Now you can verify the installation by using –

empathy --version

check empathy version

How to use Empathy in Ubuntu

Once the installation is successful you can start using it. Launch the application by searching it in the Ubuntu activities dashboard when you see an icon as given in the image below click on it to open.

empathy messaging

When the first time it opens you need to provide empathy account details and need to connect.

In the Messaging and VoIP Accounts window click on the plus sign given in the bottom left corner to add a chat account. Select the kind of chat account that you have and enter your ID and password.

add im account

Once get connected this will automatically discover the people and add them to the Contact List.

You can change your account details by choosing Edit > Accounts in the Contact List.


You can install another similar application called pidgin on your Ubuntu system.


Ok, this is how you can install and use Empathy instant messaging client on your Ubuntu system. Now if you have a query then write us in the comments below.

1 thought on “How to install Empathy in Ubuntu?”

  1. Package empathy is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ’empathy’ has no installation candidate


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