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Profanity is described as 'Commandline XMPP Client. Profanity was originally written for two main reasons. Firstly, the author wanted something similar to Irssi, but with a focus on XMPP for use in his workplace. Secondly, it was a bit of fun and a learning exercise' and is an app in the os & utilities category. There are eight alternatives to Profanity for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD and Xfce. The best alternative is Pidgin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Profanity are Empathy, YakYak, Instantbird and Finch.

Profanity alternatives are mainly Instant Messengers but may also be Video Calling Apps or IRC Clients. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Profanity.
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Commandline XMPP Client. Profanity was originally written for two main reasons. Firstly, the author wanted something...

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  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.

    ⚫︎ 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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  2. 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.

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    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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    YakYak

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Hangouts

    Desktop client for Google Hangouts.

    ⚫︎ PortableYakYak can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Instantbird

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableInstantbird can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

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

    Overall look and feel - Windows
  5. Finch icon

    Finch

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Xfce

    Finch is a console-based IM program that lets you sign on to AIM, Jabber, MSN, IRC, Yahoo!, and other IM networks. It runs on Unixes. It uses GLib and ncurses.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceFinch either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    MCabber

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Xfce
    • Cygwin

    MCabber is a small XMPP (Jabber) console client. It includes features such as SASL/SSL/TLS support, MUC (Multi-User Chat) support, history logging, command completion, OpenPGP encryption, OTR (Off-the-Record Messaging) support, dynamic modules and external action triggers.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceMCabber either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Beagle IM

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    BeagleIM is a lightweight and powerful XMPP client developed by Tigase, Inc. It provides an easy way to start using the XMPP Protocol (formerly known as Jabber) if you've never used it before. Veterans of the protocol will find many features here they are familiar.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionBeagle IM has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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    CenterIM

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    CenterIM is a text-mode IM client for Linux, *BSD, Solaris and other Unices that uses libpurple as a communication backend.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceCenterIM either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 5.0.1, released in April 2018, can be still downloaded from GitHub

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