Pidgin Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Pidgin for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Jitsi, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Pidgin and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Pidgin are (Free, Open Source), Jami (Free, Open Source), Franz (Freemium, Open Source) and Trillian (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jul 29, 2021

    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.
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      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 9 months ago

      Jitsi is now a video-chat only application, with no support for XMPP/Jabber functionality.
      Negative comment about 3 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.
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    2. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement Open Source and cross-platform. Jami gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy.
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      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 about 5 years ago

    3. 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.
    4. 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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      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 5 years ago


    5. 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.
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    6. 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.


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

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      Empathy vs Pidgin opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Empathy is a great alternative to Pidgin.
      Both free and open source and works in Linux Support many protocols
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    7. 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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    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.
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      Gajim vs Pidgin opinions
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      Supports more XMPP features and has it already integrated in the base. Pidgin needs a lot of plugin to have a similar support for features.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      It's a Jabber client only, not a multi-protocol / multi-channel chat client. Similar to Pidgin on it's root purpose can only by another multi-protocol client. Gajim is not.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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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 "" group (known for one of the largest social networks).
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      Some users think ICQ is a great alternative to Pidgin, some don't.
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