System: Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon 64-bit, based on Ubuntu 18.04.

Pidgin: Built from source, version 2.13.0.

Pidgin would not launch from the GUI, so I tried it from terminal if I can see any error and here it is:

pidgin: error while loading shared libraries: libpurple.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

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I located the library and created symlinks to it like so:

sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/libpurple.so /usr/lib/


sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/libpurple.so.0 /usr/lib/

The problem seems to be resolved.

  • Better idea is set LD_LIBRARY_PATH, it will not affect other filesystem directory, making uninstallation easier. Sep 23, 2018 at 5:45
  • @神秘德里克 Feel free to add your own answer ;) Sep 23, 2018 at 5:45

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