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  • Tox icon


    Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD

    • Pidgin is multi-client. Tox is a communication solution. restukapeFeb 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Pidgin is multi-protocol client, Tox is not. Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Highly secure chat client with Android capability. Awesome. Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Trillian icon


    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them! We think conversation...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Blackberry iPad

    • Pidgen supports multiple accounts from multiple services, while this is a single service. So instead of allowing you to use all your existing accounts it requires you to use their account. The beauty of Pidgen is that you can connect with your friends using the service they use instead of trying to sell them on the service you want to use. Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Miranda IM icon

    Miranda IM

    Miranda IM is the smaller, faster, easier instant messenger with support for multiple protocols. Designed from the ground-up to be resource efficient while still...

    Open Source Windows

    • They are both multi-protocol IMs, both support XMPP and, well, cannot remember what else :] Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Ring icon


    Ring is a secure and distributed voice, video and chat communication platform that requires no centralized server and leaves the power of privacy in the hands of the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

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    • Pidgin more focused on text and mutiprotocol messaging. While Ring more focused on a distributed non-multiprotocol service. Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • ICQ icon


    ICQ is one of the oldest instant messengers. First developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, sold to AOL, sold again and currenly owned by the Russian...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Windows Mobile ... Android iPhone Java Mobile S60 Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

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    Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list. Its...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The application is not developed actively anymore. The source code has been made open for the community to take over but that didn't make any impact: |
  • Psi icon


    Psi is an instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open XMPP network. Localized versions of Psi are available in...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Gajim icon


    The goal of Gajim is to provide a full featured and easy to use Jabber client. Gajim works nicely with GNOME, but does not require it to run. It is released under the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • Supports more XMPP features and has it already integrated in the base. Pidgin needs a lot of plugin to have a similar support for features. Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree

Pidgin Comments

A buggy piece of trash on windows -2 Helpful

Negative Comment by RoverWhite
about Pidgin Jun 2016

On Windows Platforms Pidgin is very buggy. Also looking at pidgin homepage i think that program is discounted.


Adium vs Pidgin

Comment by mjameswh
about Pidgin and Adium Feb 2014

Sorry, don't know where to discuss this... present Pidgin as an alternative to Adium that is usable on Mac OS.

Pidgin and Adium are both multi-protocol aware instant messaging clients. More technically most share some major components, since Adium is mostly a Mac OS specific interface to Pidgin's core libraries.

Pidgin can also be installed on Mac OS, though this use case is not clearly supported. The application has to be compiled manually, and then the application runs in the X Window environment, providing a user experience that is absolutely not on par with that of Pidgin on other platforms, or that of Adium on Mac OS.

Pidgin's team themselves recumbent the use of Adium for Mac OS users. For example, the Pidgin's download page provide no installation package for OS X, rather provide the following claim: "For a native Mac OS X experience we recommend Adium, which uses libpurple (the core of Pidgin) for much of its protocol support." A similar assertion can be found in Pidgin's installation instructions (at "Can I run Pidgin on Mac OS X? Yes you can, but we do not provide a package for it. The reason being that in order to use Pidgin on Mac OS X, you need to install an X server and GTK+, which we are not prepared to support. You can either compile Pidgin (and its dependencies) yourself, or you can use the fink installer available from ? If you would like a native aqua interface or a user-friendly installer, we suggest trying Adium, available at ?"

In the end, I don't disagree that Pidgin can indeed be presented as an alternative to Adium on OS X, but the very high number of "votes" associated to Pidgin, due to its popularity on other platform, make it appears as a much preferred alternative to Adium on OS X, though its actual use on OS X is marginal and unsupported.

Now, I am new here as a participant, so I'm not sure how to best resolve this issue. I can think of three approach to this: either remove Pidgin as an alternative to Adium (and other Mac OS instance messaging clients), or remove platform Mac OS on Pidgin, or split the Pidgin application into two distinct applications, let's say Pidgin and Pidgin on Mac, which would more exactly position Pidgin as a possible though very unpopular alternative to Adium (or any other mac instant messaging application for this reason).

So... Comments? Advices? Commons practices?

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Good one.

Positive Comment by impossible
about Pidgin and Mumble, XChat for Linux Aug 2013

I used this as my main client for IM. I like it, i use IRC chat and save them to my favorites. Your ircs are in tabs like a browser.


There is no Mac native version

Comment by Satuim
about Pidgin Jul 2013

So I edited the Mac OS X Comment accordingly. Hover the mouse over Mac in the platforms list
Oops just noticed a unofficial port

[Edited by Satuim, July 24]


where is mac port?

Comment by comcinco
about Pidgin Sep 2011

So, where is mac version?


Pidgin is a great instant messenger.

Positive Comment by marl30
about Pidgin Jun 2011

Pidgin is a great instant messenger. The only thing missing is the ability to use voice messaging. I do hope it will be added in the near future.


No other application can connect me to all the chats

Positive Comment by Coconuthalf
about Pidgin and Hangouts, Facebook Jun 2011

I looked for a while for something like this, and no other application I found could connect me to all of the chats I wanted to be in at the same time. It's a great way to keep in touch with all my friends on different IM clients in one central location. The biggest thing that set it apart for me is that you can not only connect to all the major IM clients, but to Facebook, GoogleTalk and IRC as well.


I love this app.

Positive Comment by UncleNinja
about Pidgin and Linux Mint Jun 2011

I love this app. You know it's awesome if it's included in Linux Mint.


Liked the program a lot, but did not like the fact that my ...

Comment by HermitPete
about Pidgin Jun 2011

Liked the program a lot, but did not like the fact that my account information including passwords were stored in a plain text file.


Its really good.

Positive Comment by olof_
about Pidgin Jun 2011

Its really good. None of the problems listed does occur for me.
using it with MSN messenger accounts.


I use Pidgin, as I haven't found a better client

Comment by Sebbe
about Pidgin Jun 2011

I use Pidgin, as I haven't found a better client that fulfills the same purpose as Pidgin well.

I must, however, say that it is quite unstable and buggy in my experience.


Very nice and ultra light, but all text fields freeze when ...

Comment by Gueibor
about Pidgin Jun 2011

Very nice and ultra light, but all text fields freeze when using the back tab or going back to the line header.
I'm checking out alternatives, but will definitely come back to the Pidge if this bug is fixed.


Been using it since it was GAIM.

Positive Comment by s0me0ne
about Pidgin Jun 2011

Been using it since it was GAIM. I love how lightweight and simple it is. However lately my MSN has been buggy on it (not showing up as online), hopefully that will get fixed soon.


One of the best multi-protocol and multiplatform client

Comment by jedfox
about Pidgin Jun 2011

I'm think that is one of the best multi-protocol (and of course multiplatform) client. It is very fast, stable.

But... I use Gadu protocol (Poland) and when new numbers (above 17 000 000) were introduced I have problem with receiving messages from these new numbers.

I read about that in forums and internet but nowhere I can't solution.
New version of pidgin (2.6.5) didn't help solve it.