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Pidgin

Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions.

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  • Windows
  • Linux
    Provided by distribution
  • Mac OS X
    Available through Fink or Macports.
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Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it. The program is extendable through plugins, including "Off-the-Record Messaging" and Pidgin encryption, providing end-to-end message encryption. More Info »

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Pidgin was added by Ola in Mar 2009 and the lastest update was made in Aug 2014. There is a history of activites on Pidgin in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Pidgin or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.
 
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where is mac port?

Comment by comcinco about Pidgin Sep 2011

So, where is mac version?

 
C

oups, here it is: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pidgin-macosx/

 
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@comcinco, that port is unofficial and I think it should be in an another program called Pidgin on MacOSX .

[Edited by Venom88, April 09]

 
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Adium vs Pidgin

Comment by mjameswh about Pidgin Also mentioning: 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 Also mentioning: 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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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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Pidgin is a great instant messenger.

Positive Comment by marl30 about Pidgin Mar 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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Please expend a modicum of effort. Pidgin conveys voice media via RTP and may conduct session via SIP or Jingle.

 
C

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 Also mentioning: Linux Mint Sep 2010

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 account information including passwords were stored in a plain text file.

 
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Its really good.

Positive Comment by olof_ about Pidgin Sep 2010

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

 
S

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.

 
G

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 Jul 2010

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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