Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid – How to Setup Up “Xfire” on Ubuntu

Xfire is an instant messenger for Gamers – it integrates into games and enables in-game voice and text chat (amongst other things).

Sadly Xfire is a Windows only application – but we can get (some) Xfire functionality by installing the gfire plugin for Pidgin (the default instant messaging client on Ubuntu).

Installing gfire is very simple, simply click Applications, Accessories and then Terminal and enter the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gfire

Next launch Pidgin – click Applications, Internet and then Pidgin.

Now we simply need to configure Pidgin with an Xfire account – if you do not have one you can create it at: http://www.xfire.com/download/.

Simply select Xfire as the protocol and then enter your Xfire username and password. Check the Remember password box and then enter your Local alias (i.e. your gamer tag).

Pretty simple eh?