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    Pidgin Alternatives

    Pidgin is described as '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' and is a leading Instant Messenger in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Pidgin for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Jitsi, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Pidgin are (Free, Open Source), Jami (Free, Open Source), Trillian (Freemium) and Conversations (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 1, 2022
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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...
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    1. Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR, ZRTP, etc.
      Jitsi vs Pidgin opinions
      Most users think Jitsi is a great alternative to Pidgin.
      It's only focused on video chat, no more Xmpp Support
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      it does not support Jabber/XMPP anymore
      Negative comment 7 months ago

      Jitsi is now a video-chat only application, with no support for XMPP/Jabber functionality.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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      Matrix defines a set of open APIs for decentralised communication, suitable for securely publishing, persisting and subscribing to data over a global open federation of servers with no single point of control.

    2. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement
      Jami vs Pidgin opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Jami is still a legitimate alternative to Pidgin, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Pidgin more focused on text and mutiprotocol messaging. While Ring more focused on a distributed non-multiprotocol service.
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

    3. 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.
      Trillian vs Pidgin opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Trillian is a great alternative to Pidgin.
      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.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

    4. Conversations is a privacy focused, open source XMPP Texting [Jabber] client for Android 4.0+ smart phones with wife-approved easy encryption [OTR, OMEMO, or GPG].
      Conversations vs Pidgin opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Schnatt_App very good Alternative if you seek a client for android
      Positive comment about 2 years ago


    5. 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.
    6. 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, Windows & Linux.
    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.
      Adium vs Pidgin opinions
      Most users think Adium is a great alternative to Pidgin.
      myuseraccount Good third-party protocol support, simple user interface.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      antoniobeana Has the inactivity detector and is setting me as away when I am not in front of computer.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

    8. Utopia P2P Ecosystem. Utopia is a feature-rich platform that is specifically designed to protect privacy of communication, confidentiality, and security of personal data. Utopia is a decentralized network, with no central server involved in data transmission or storage.
    9. Dino is a modern open-source chat client for the desktop. It focuses on providing a clean and reliable Jabber/XMPP experience while having your privacy in mind. Using GTK+/Vala.
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