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    Open Source aMSN Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to aMSN is Pidgin. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to aMSN and ten of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to aMSN are Adium (Free, Open Source), Empathy (Free, Open Source), Psi (Free, Open Source) and Instantbird (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 7, 2020

    1. 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.
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    2. 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.
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    3. 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.

      Discontinued

      Empathy is currently unmaintained. Last version, 3.25, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      An instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open XMPP network.
    4. 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 of, and addition of, features.

      Discontinued

      Site last updated 2013. Site security certificate expired April 2017.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Ubuntu Touch
      • Plasma Mobile
      Kaidan is a simple, user-friendly Jabber/XMPP client providing a modern user interface using Kirigami and QtQuick. The back-end of Kaidan is written in C++ using the QXmpp XMPP client library and Qt 5.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      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 services such as GTalk, Facebook Chat, etc.

      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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    5. Gyach is a GTK+ based Yahoo! Chat client.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, v0.9.8, released in July 2004, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    6. Fire is a multi-protocol instant messenger client for Mac OS X based on freely available libraries for each service. Currently Fire handles AOL Instant Messenger®, ICQ®, MSN® Messenger, Jabber, limited IRC, Yahoo!®, and Apple Bonjour communications.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.5.6, released in February 2006, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

    7. Escargot is a custom-written server built to recreate the older MSN Messenger server architecture, used back when Microsoft still had the servers running. The code to recreate the servers works for versions of MSN up to 8.
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