Message notification in Pidgin

Pidgin ships with a message notification plugin, but it is not enabled by default. To make the taskbar item flash when a new message comes in:

  • Go to Tools → Plugins and check “Message Notification”.
  • Select “Message Notification”. When the item is highlighed , click on “Configure Plugin” button
  • Under “Notify For”, check all three boxes: “IM windows”, “Chat windows” and “Focused windows”. Leave “Only when someone says your username” unchecked.
  • Also check “Flash window”.
  • Under “Notification Methods”, check “Flash window”.
  • Click on “Close” button.