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Digsby on Linux

Filed under: Linux Software — at 1:41 pm on Monday, March 24, 2008

I was reading this: post and I thought I’d check out Digsby. Other then being a really neat idea I thought it would be a great app for me to test out and see if I could use it full time. The Linux / MacOSX version is not ready yet so, I thought I’d just give running it under Wine a shot.

With a bit of struggling I did get it to work. I needed some DLL’s so I borrowed some from my Windows install. Then I needed Python, got that installed with the msiexec. Same error under wine PYTHONDLL failed to load.

Back to the drawing board, I figured I’d give that WineCVS script a shot. I posted an article about it a couple of days ago, you can use it to download Cedega and all other kinds of Wine implementations. I got the latest Wine from CVS, compiled and installed. Same issues as with the stable Wine I run. So, again battled with DLL’s (this time I just copied them over from my other install) and low and behold, it looks like it works:

Digsby on Linux under Wine

Looks pretty good huh?

When I try to sign in with my user name it doesn’t do so well. Here is the output:
Digsby on Linux under Wine Debug
I’m not sure how much I’ll get to mess with this to see if I can get it working before they release the Linux version but I’m going to keep trying. If your interested in more detailed instructions or information on running Digsby under Wine I’ll be happy to provide that information for you.

I’ll keep everyone posted by comments in this blog post. Also, let me know your thoughts on this, and comments!

– Owen



Comment by K-IntheHouse

March 24, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

Hey Owen, thanks for the mention and taking the time to try to run this in Linux! I’ll keep an eye on your blog in my feed reader as I’d love to run in my openSuse 10.3 desktop.

Cheers, K!


Comment by Jeffrey

March 24, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

Some users on the digsby forum have gotten it to work under Debian Etch, Fedora 8 and Ubuntu.

You can read more about it here:


Comment by Owen

March 24, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

I’ve got it working now, but its not functional. Looks very nice so far. I’ll be posting screen shots and more information here when I get the time.

– Owen.


Comment by Dan Kegel

March 24, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

That unimplemented function problem can be worked around
sh winetricks gdiplus
until Wine implements that function.


Comment by Owen

March 24, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

Thanks Dan, I did copy the gdiplus DLL into the System32 Directory and it worked. There are still some features that do not work as intended. Again, I’m going to post Screenshots as soon as I have time to edit them :)


Comment by Anoj

March 25, 2008 @ 2:32 am

Thanks Owen for the updates on running digsby on wine. I had almost given up. Will revisit digsby soon ;)



Comment by Anoj

March 25, 2008 @ 3:19 am

Works great!!



Comment by Owen

March 26, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

All right, I have some updates here. I’ve got some interesting screenshots that may give some insight as to how Digsby on Linux works with Wine. User experience may vary depending on the distribution that you use, but my experience so far with Slackware 12 is not so great. Let me know how your Digsby Linux with Wine works out for you!

Digsby on Linux
Digsby on Linux
Digsby on Linux
Digsby on Linux
Digsby on Linux
Digsby on Linux
Digsby on Linux
Digsby on Linux


Comment by Will

March 27, 2008 @ 12:32 am

What is the advantage of Digsby compared to Pidgin? As far as I can tell from Digsby website, it supports let networks than Pidgin (and only has a working Windows port? wtf?). If you’ve never tried it, I enjoy it a lot on both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.


Comment by Owen

March 27, 2008 @ 9:44 am

There is no real advantage to chat. I use pidgin on a daily basis. The place where Digsby is interesting for me is the Social Network integration such as Twitter, Facebook. It also has Voice and video chat which Pidgin does not have out of the box.


Comment by emiliano

May 7, 2008 @ 10:26 pm

I think Mercury is even better, but it’s a bit unstable. But this one does look nicer…


Comment by Owen

May 7, 2008 @ 10:52 pm

@Emiliano I have never heard of Mercury, I’ll have to check it out, thanks for the info!

— another update —
I’m going to give this a shot on Fedora and see if I can get it working well. Slackware is a bit of a pain, and it could be XFCE acting up. I’m also going to try getting Digsby working with KDE.


Comment by emiliano

May 7, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

try “” on the browser for mercury. It definitely duns well on linux. It’s definitely slowish, but I think that’s just cause it’s a Java application, but it’s also able to run basically anywhere.

If it doesn’t run on linux, try checking your Jaava versions.



Comment by Owen

May 7, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

thanks for the update, I was taking about Digsby on Linux before. Mercury will probably run very well if its programmed in Java. it does look like a nice IM client but doesn’t seem to have the social networking features of Digsby. If it was open source that could be changed but it doesn’t appear to be.

Comment by e.m.fields

March 23, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

Why digsby is better than Pidgin:

Like he said. Mostly same, and both are great, but – twitter/facebook are a better integrated, and I have more actions than just instant messaging with facebook.


Digsby has a seriously cool website widget which allows you to chat with people who visit a (*your) website.

chapel hill, nc

Comment by Bebby

July 4, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

Hi there =),

I tried to install digsby using “CodeWeaver” and it was successfully installed but yet it crashed when I run the program upon program updates scanning =P

So, I’m just wondering if anyone has resolved it =).


Comment by silvio

February 16, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

seems like it will never be out, its feb, 2010 and still no digsby for linux

Comment by eylem

October 24, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

for preventing crash while updating, add this line:

to the:

sudo pico /etc/hosts

Comment by

October 25, 2010 @ 10:15 am

Thanks Eylem, will have to give it a shot.

Comment by DnVa

August 7, 2013 @ 10:30 am

Has everyone given up on Digsby for linux or does the quietness indicate its working and I missed the memo. It seems to me that someone good with coding or what ever could fix the problems pretty easily. Digsby has always installed for me through wine easily, and opens with no errors at all. I can see emails, preview them even delete them from digsby. I can’t however click open and trigger Mozilla to open or instant message. Seems like there should be an easy fix.

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