Alternatives to Pidgin for all platforms with any license

  • Tox icon

    Tox

    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

    • Highly secure chat client with Android capability. Awesome.
      Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Jitsi

    Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full end-to-end encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android BSD

  • Trillian icon

    Trillian

    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 should be easily shared between all of your devices, not trapped...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud 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
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    Adium

    Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS Xs Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team. Based on the libpurple protocol library, Adium can connect you...

    Open Source Mac

    • Has the inactivity detector and is setting me as away when I am not in front of computer.
      antoniobeanaOct 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 providing a rich feature set, Miranda includes support for AIM, Jabber...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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

    Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application. ...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Ring icon

    Ring

    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 user.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

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

    Riot (formerly Vector) is an opensource interoperable app running on Web, iOS and Android. It is built around chat rooms, both public and private and provides messaging, filesharing, voice and video conferencing (beta on Android and...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad Self-Hosted Chrome Safari Firefox

  • Franz icon

    Franz

    Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat and many more. You can download Franz for Mac...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    ICQ

    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 "mail.ru" group (known for one of the largest social networks). ICQ has...

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

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    Miranda NG

    Miranda New Generation is a successor of a popular multi-protocol instant messaging client for Windows - Miranda IM . Very light on system resources and extremely fast. Protocol Support: * AIM AOL Instant Messenger * ...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    Psi

    Psi is an instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open Jabber IM network (also known as XMPP). Localized versions of Psi are available in almost twenty different languages. Built-in...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Digsby

    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 also a social networking tool that alerts you of events like new...

    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: https://github.com/ifwe/digsby | https://web.archive.org/web/20121205002331/http://blog.digsby.com/archives/1969/
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    IM+

    Chat everywhere! IM+ is the most widely used mobile IM app! Connect all-in-one to MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, Jabber, ICQ, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter on ALL popular mobile platforms. The widest selection of unique features...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android iPhone Java Mobile S60 HP webOS Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

  • Quassel IRC icon

    Quassel IRC

    Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework. Distributed means that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core that stays permanently online -- much like the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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    Gajim

    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 GNU General Public License.

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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    Rambox

    Free, Open Source and Cross Platform messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Warning The installer contains a trojan and possibly other malware according to Baidu, Quihoo-360, and Windows Defender: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/16f58286c4760fd44896d3dd7a39276a769d301d3193083a130b7a6cd2e03a8d/analysis/1482115813/ | https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/a32e5006f0e227d88a8c8446c0e288bdc4c2a1fb4e9af5ea24a1819131a21ca5/analysis/1482115816/
  • Spark icon

    Spark

    Spark is an Open Source, cross-platform IM client optimized for businesses and organizations. It features built-in support for group chat, telephony integration, and strong security. It also offers a great end-user experience with...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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  • Psi+ icon

    Psi+

    Psi+ is a development branch of Psi IM XMPP/Jabber client. Psi is a cross-platform powerful XMPP/Jabber client (Qt, C++) designed for the Jabber power users.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Instantbird

    Instantbird is an instant messaging client based on Mozilla XULRunner and the open source library libpurple created by the software developers of Pidgin . Over 250 add-ons allow user customization...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

  • Kopete icon

    Kopete

    Kopete is an instant messenger supporting AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. It is designed to be a flexible and extensible multi-protocol system suitable for personal and enterprise...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

  • Bit Chat icon

    Bit Chat

    Technitium Bit Chat is a secure, peer-to-peer (p2p), open source instant messenger designed to provide end-to-end encryption. It can be used over Internet and private LAN networks for instant messaging and file transfer.

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    Jappix

    Jappix is a fresh new open social platform which enables you to create your own cloud, wherever you want to. People must be able to get in touch with all their friends on a free decentralized network! You can build your own Jappix...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

    • Discontinued Jappix has been discontinued and it's site now redirects to http://alternativeto.net/software/movim/
  • Disa icon

    Disa

    Unified Messaging is awesome! Disa is your new messaging hub. Conversations from different services can seamlessly be joined together, or disbanded within seconds.

    Open Source Android Android Tablet Kindle Fire

  • YakYak icon

    YakYak

    What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete conversation * Notifications * Toggle notifications on/off * Drag-drop, copy-paste or...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • WeeChat icon

    WeeChat

    WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client. It runs on many platforms (including Linux, BSD and Mac OS). WeeChat is: - modular: a lightweight core with plugins around - multi-protocols: IRC and Jabber (other soon) -...

    Open Source Mac Linux Android BSD Xfce

  • Shout icon

    Shout

    What is it? Shout is a web IRC client that you host on your own server. What features does it have? * Multiple user support * Stays connected even when you close the browser * Connect from multiple devices at once *...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    Coccinella

    Coccinella is a free and open-source cross-platform instant messaging client with a built-in whiteboard for improved collaboration with other people.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Isotoxin icon

    Isotoxin

    Multiprotocol messenger with Tox and XMPP support.

    Open Source Windows

  • Kadu icon

    Kadu

    Kadu is an open source Jabber/XMPP and Gadu-Gadu instant messenger client for Linux, *BSD, Mac and Windows.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Kiwi IRC icon

    Kiwi IRC

    A hand-crafted IRC client that you can enjoy. Designed to be used easily and freely. More friendly than other webirc clients giving the general public an easy option to connect to any IRC network.

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Chrome

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    Textual

    Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on OS X. Textual includes two elegantly designed light and dark variants of the user interface to match all tastes. The...

    Commercial Mac

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    Tkabber

    Tkabber is a Free and Open Source client for the Jabber instant messaging system. Its writen in Tcl/Tk, and works on many platforms (tested on Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, MacOS X and Windows 98/2000/XP).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Emesene

    emesene is an instant messenger capable of connecting to various networks and utilizing different graphical toolkits. Currently msn and jabber are supported through papyon and xmppy, which allows emesene to connect to various IM...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued Development is dormant, but source code is available at Github. Last version, 2.12.9, released on September 06, 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Finch

    Finch is a console-based IM program that lets you sign on to AIM, Jabber, MSN, IRC, Yahoo!, and other IM networks. It runs on Unixes. It uses GLib and ncurses.

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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Pidgin Comments

A buggy piece of trash on windows -1 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.

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Adium vs Pidgin

Comment by mjameswh
about Pidgin and Adium Feb 2014

Sorry, don't know where to discuss this...

Alternativeto.net 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 https://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/Installing%20Pidgin): "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 ?http://fink.sf.net. If you would like a native aqua interface or a user-friendly installer, we suggest trying Adium, available at ?https://adium.im/."

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.

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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]

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where is mac port?

Comment by comcinco
about Pidgin Sep 2011

So, where is mac version?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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