How-To: Digsby+Wine

After getting back into the Digsby scene again I decided it was time to get Digsby running in Ubuntu. I grabbed the latest installer and was well on my way.

I’ll just break down the steps so you can follow along. Depending on the distro that you are using, these steps may vary.

  1. Install the newest version of Wine that you can (in my case I just went with Wine 1.0).
  2. Open up a terminal window and enter the following lines (one at a time 😛 ):
    wget http://kegel.com/wine/winetricks
    sh winetricks corefonts dotnet20 gdiplus
  3. As a safety measure (it may not make a difference at all) I opened the “Configure Wine” application and set the default settings Windows Version to “Windows 2000”. This has seemed to help make applications work in Wine in the past.
  4. Now download Digsby. I used the latest version which was for testers and should be released very soon. So for now just grab your installation from here.
  5. Install Digsby. In most distros of Linux you can just right click on the install file and click Open with “Wine Windows Program Loader”. Follow the steps through the installation and launch Digsby. Everything should be working now!

Basically all you had to do was install the .NET 2.0 framework and gdiplus. I’m not positive on corefonts, but they will only improve compatibility.

Everything seems to be working great! I notice some odd behavior here and there, but the application itself is working great! The only thing that is a bit annoying is that Facebook will occasionally disconnect, but it immediately reconnects. 😀

24 thoughts on “How-To: Digsby+Wine”

  1. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.0.1) Gecko/2008072820 Firefox/3.0.1

    bah, i almost got excited, because everything almost worked, except for the fact that i couldn’t actually open a chat window with anyone. their im’s get through because i can see them in history, but i can’t actually communicate with anyone. /sigh…soooo close.

  2. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.1) Gecko/2008072820 Firefox/3.0.1

    If Digsby is able to connect and show you your buddies, but doesn’t respond when you try to double click on them to chat with them, there’s a very simple solution.

    From Digsby, go to:
    Tools > Advanced > [uncheck] Hide new conversation windows

    Now Digsby should work perfectly. Still no notifications though.

  3. using Opera 9 Opera 9 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.60 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.1.1

    @Altay
    Thanks for that quick solution! I didn’t experience any problems like this at all, however, since the settings are saved and sync’d when you login from a different location it may be that I had changed them long before without realizing or since I’ve been using Digsby since early test builds that this options was unchecked by default.

    Hopefully that will solve @DazzlinDonna’s problem! The one thing that I’ve found not working is the auto-update feature. The new build is downloaded fine, but restarting and installing the update automatically fails somewhere along the way. I need to inspect the error messages a little more to get to the bottom of this. 😛

  4. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Linux Mint Linux Mint
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.4) Gecko/2008111317 Ubuntu/8.04 (hardy) Firefox/3.0.3 (Linux Mint)

    I got very exited when reading this (I have been trying to get digsby to work on my version of linux mint). THe program installs and the .exe works fine, but once I log in digsby checks for updates and immediately closes.

    hmmm, its bound to work sometime

  5. using Opera 9 Opera 9 on Windows Vista Windows Vista
    Opera/9.62 (Windows NT 6.0; U; en) Presto/2.1.1

    @SQuiggle the GAmer
    I’ve noticed that Digsby isn’t able to update in Linux at all and when it downloads an update it just repeatedly shuts down and never updates. I have to look into that, but I’ll post a fix as soon as possible.

  6. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.1b1) Gecko/20081007 Firefox/3.1b1

    I’m having the same problem using Wine 1.1.7. Just after checking for updates Digsby crashes or shutsdown (not sure which).

  7. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 8.10 Ubuntu 8.10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.4) Gecko/2008111318 Ubuntu/8.10 (intrepid) Firefox/3.0.4

    I was hoping this would work for me as well, but I get the same issue. Digsby installs and loads, but after logging in the client bombs out after it attempts to try to get updates.

  8. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Fedora 10 Fedora 10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.4) Gecko/2008111217 Fedora/3.0.4-1.fc10 Firefox/3.0.4

    Ha, I guess I got through farther than most of you.

    I can:
    Load buddy lists
    view facebook /twitter udpates
    update twitter
    view email notification and delete/mark as read/spam

    but if i try to talk to a buddy, the chat window loads perfectly, but it crashes when i try to send.

  9. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 8.10 Ubuntu 8.10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.5) Gecko/2008121622 Ubuntu/8.10 (intrepid) Firefox/3.0.5

    Similar to airchina23, everything seems to go fine until I try to IM. When I am typing, the input area seems to shorter than displayed. When I hit enter, the recipient can see what I typed but I cannot see my own text nor the response.

    Soooo close.

  10. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 8.10 Ubuntu 8.10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.5) Gecko/2008121622 Ubuntu/8.10 (intrepid) Firefox/3.0.5

    I just looked in the preferences, and under “Skins” there is nothing for the preview – completely blank for all choices.

    Any clues?

  11. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 8.10 Ubuntu 8.10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.6) Gecko/2009020911 Ubuntu/8.10 (intrepid) Firefox/3.0.6 GTB5

    I got Digsby to work for chat. The main annoyance is that the chat windows are tiny and I have to enlarge them so I can see what’s in them and type. I have not been able to figure out how to get it to default to a larger size.

    Clicking on any notification link didn’t seem to work either. I have a browser in stalled in Wine but I’m guessing Wine does not have a “default browser” that the link could open in.

  12. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.8) Gecko/2009033100 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.8

    I followed the steps precisely but when I start Digsby, it first checks for updates and then it says “Digsby needs to restart” and exits. What now??

  13. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Fedora 10 Fedora 10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:1.9.0.9) Gecko/2009042115 Fedora/3.0.9-1.fc10 Firefox/3.0.9

    How do you get the webcam to work. Mine presents an adobe flash required popup – should I go ahead with this considering its a windows installer?

  14. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.10) Gecko/2009042523 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.10

    I got it to work! It’s a bit wonky now and then but it is working.

    I’m working on ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), I added the repository to install a more recent wine (1.2.1) used the winetricks as described and now I can chat normally from digsby.

    @matty: I ran an install for IE6 and when the “install flash” popup appeared, I accepted, it carried on and worked normally. It was quite awesome, actually.

  15. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.0.10) Gecko/2009042523 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.10

    Hi all,
    same problem here (Digsby needs to restart) after downloading update….

    @dragonmago: so where have you found wine 1.2.1 ?

    thx

  16. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.11) Gecko/2009060308 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.11

    instructions, install and update worked fine. Digsby loaded and buddy list is viewable. But message windows I can’t see the chat, and the Twitter and Gmail taskbar dropdown thingies are a bit mangled. Not really usable unfortunately… i think i will just stick with pidgin and wait for the linux version to be released…

    Ubuntu 9.04 on EEEPC-1000HD

  17. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.10 Ubuntu 9.10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.1.5) Gecko/20091109 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.5.5

    Like sdiddy, I can’t get Digsby to show the incoming or outgoing IMs. They are definitely being sent, because I can read them through history, but the IM window is perpetually blank.
    It’s too bad, because Pidgin and Empathy aren’t nearly as versatile as Digsby.

  18. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.15) Gecko/2009102815 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.15

    Same problem as zen and stanly

    IM windows are blank, but also twitter and Facebook (social network) never sign in, just say authenticating all the time 🙁

  19. using Opera 10 Opera 10 on Windows 7 Windows 7
    Opera/9.80 (Windows NT 6.1; U; en) Presto/2.2.15 Version/10.20

    AS EVERYONE CAN SEE, THIS GUIDE IS OUTDATED. PLEASE STOP COMMENTING THAT IT DIDN’T WORK FOR YOU.

    THE ONLY COMMENTS THAT SHOULD BE LEFT FROM HERE ON OUT ARE TIPS TO GET THIS WORKING.

    THANK YOU.

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