Saturday, August 8, 2009

Howto setup Voice chat with Google talk user using Empathy

Empathy consists of a rich set of reusable instant messaging widgets, and a GNOME client using those widgets. It uses Telepathy and Nokia’s Mission Control, and reuses Gossip’s UI. The main goal is to permit desktop integration by providing libempathy and libempathy-gtk libraries. libempathy-gtk is a set of powerful widgets that can be embeded into any GNOME application.This packet contains the empathy IM application and account manager.
Install Required packages

First you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file using the following command

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

add the one of the following lines

For Intrepid users

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

For Hardy users

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

Save and Exit the file.

Now you need to update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install the required packages using the following command

sudo apt-get install empathy telepathy-gabble telepathy-mission-control telepathy-stream-engine telepathy-butterfly python-msn

This will complete the installation.

Using Empathy

You can start Empathy from Applications –> Internet –> Empathy Instant Messenger

Configure your gmail account with the following settings

1. In Empathy, Edit –> Accounts gtalk0 is checked

2. For Gtalk account you have to give Login ID

3. Server is:

4. Port is 5223, and

5. Use old ssl is checked


  1. Thank you so much for this step by step tutorial. I have been searching for this for hours. You have been really helpful!

  2. But if there's error in connection you have to do it manually. You can check for other program to help you install gtalk efficiently.