3.5 out of 5 with 20 ratings

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#1 in class and you can feel warm and fuzzy about supporting the rad open source developers! ;)

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> Note: The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the interface is wicked dated (like pre-Windows XP dated). With a UI update (yes, I know how much work that would be) Pidgin would steamroll every other messenger on the planet.

Yo, this is easily the best messenger app I have ever used. I've been building computers for well over 20 years, so I've seen a lot of messaging clients come and go. Pidgen, thanks to some lovely http hacking, is compatible with protocols that no longer have an API (specifically I'm thinking of Facebook Messenger, but I'm sure there are other gated protocols that it supports).

The sheer volume of plugins for Pidgin is frankly insane. It has a plugin system based on libpurple, so it supports a lot of functions that are overlooked in many messenger apps. For example, autoresponders, which are nothing short of brilliant for people like me who have ADD and juggle tens of messaging platforms to stay in touch with people. Without being able to shoot back a quick "I'll get back to you shortly..." people start to think I'm ignoring them (I'm not).

There are tons of other plugins that do all kinds of housekeeping and automation as well as (of course) connect to other messaging protocols, some of which are inaccessible with commercial apps.

Installing plugins can be a little bit tedious for the non-savvy, but really isn't that hard (for the ones that have docs anyway). Generally, you just unzip a .dll to the plugins directory, restart, and Bob's your uncle. Connecting to Facebook messenger was actually quite a bit easier than Hangouts (yep, supports Hangouts via Gtalk protocol).

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> Note: The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the interface is wicked dated (like pre-Windows XP dated). With a UI update (yes, I know how much work that would be) Pidgin would steamroll every other messenger on the planet.

Yo, this is easily the best messenger app I have ever used. I've been building computers for well over 20 years, so I've seen a lot of messaging clients come and go. Pidgen, thanks to some lovely http hacking, is compatible with protocols that no longer have an API (specifically I'm thinking of Facebook Messenger, but I'm sure there are other gated protocols that it supports).

The sheer volume of plugins for Pidgin is frankly insane. It has a plugin system based on libpurple, so it supports a lot of functions that are overlooked in many messenger apps. For example, autoresponders, which are nothing short of brilliant for people like me who have ADD and juggle tens of messaging platforms to stay in touch with people. Without being able to shoot back a quick "I'll get back to you shortly..." people start to think I'm ignoring them (I'm not).

There are tons of other plugins that do all kinds of housekeeping and automation as well as (of course) connect to other messaging protocols, some of which are inaccessible with commercial apps.

Installing plugins can be a little bit tedious for the non-savvy, but really isn't that hard (for the ones that have docs anyway). Generally, you just unzip a .dll to the plugins directory, restart, and Bob's your uncle. Connecting to Facebook messenger was actually quite a bit easier than Hangouts (yep, supports Hangouts via Gtalk protocol).

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Without a doubt, the most robust, extensible, user-friendly and powerfully versatile desktop IM client available, and it's FOSS on top of that! Highly recommended.

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Not perfect, but it works

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Very good instant messenger

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Simple and effective messenger app. Easy to use

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I have long time practice by google talk and I like to continue it!

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Good one.

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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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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.


No other application can connect me to all the chats

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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.

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I love this app. You know it's awesome if it's included in Linux Mint.

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Its really good.

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

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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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