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Instantbird is described as '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' and is a instant messenger in the social & communications category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Instantbird for a variety of platforms, including Android, Mac, Windows, iPhone and Linux. The best alternative is Telegram, which is free. Other great apps like Instantbird are Pidgin, Zulip, Facebook Messenger and Telegram X.

Instantbird alternatives are mainly Instant Messengers but may also be Group Chat Apps or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Instantbird.
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Instantbird is an instant messaging client based on Mozilla XULRunner and the open source library libpurple created by the...

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    Telegram

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    Telegram is a messaging app created by former VK creators with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful.

    ⚫︎ LightweightTelegram consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeTelegram doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionTelegram has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTelegram is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeTelegram supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ PortableTelegram can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineTelegram can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportTelegram support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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  2. 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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPidgin can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportPidgin support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ PortablePidgin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  3. Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownZulip supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingZulip supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Facebook Messenger

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    Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more.

    ⚫︎ Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in Facebook Messenger.
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    Telegram X

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    • Android
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    An alternative Telegram client based on TDLib, with higher speed, slicker animations and experimental features.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeTelegram X doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Trillian

    • FreemiumProprietary
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    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 as text messages on your phone.

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  7. 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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableAdium is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  8. The goal of Gajim is to provide a full featured and easy to use XMPP client. Gajim works nicely with GNOME, but does not require it to run. It is released under the GNU General Public License.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedGajim is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGajim can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    ICQ

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    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).

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    Kopete

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

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