Get SMS Notifications When Someone Contacts You On Pidgin

by Karthik on February 24, 2008 · 4 comments


I just found this amazing plug-in available for Pidgin called gSMS which sends you SMS notifications whenever someone leaves a message for you on Pidgin and you aren’t able to respond to it within a specified time frame. This could be particularly useful if you need to step away from your desk but you are expecting an important message. By configuring this amazing plug-in, you can be notified by SMS that the person left a message. With this you can get back to them as soon as possible.

While the plugin does its job pretty well, but it isn’t doing anything fancy. The SMS, which is sent via Google Calendar, doesn’t give you the actual text of the message. It just sends the name of the contact and the date / time the message was sent. While you are away if multiple contacts leave messages for you, they will be all packed together and sent to you in one SMS. How Sweet!

Well here is how you get gSMS to work for you..

  • Ofcourse you need Pidgin installed
  • A Google account (with SMS reminders enabled on Google Calendar).
  • Your mobile phone network needs to be supported by Google.
  • Your PC synched with NTP (Network Time Protocol). To get your Windows PC Synced with NTP right click the clock in the system tray and activate Internet time.

Now that you have met all the prerequisites now go ahead and  download the plugin and place the gsms.dll file in the Pidgin plugins folder on your PC (Normally C:Program FilesPigdinPlugins). Open Pidgin navigate to the Tools menu and select Plugins. Activate gSMS and configure it to your liking. Screenshot below……


Leave the Calendar feed path to /private/full and configure the rest of the options to your hearts liking. I suggest you choose the timeout appropriately because if you receive a lot of messages, then if you decide to attend to the call of the nature, you might as well be bombarded with text messages. I am sure you don’t want that.

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