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Pidgin

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Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 282 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.11.0
  • Total Downloads:
    760,007
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 21, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    8.83MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    140
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #34 in Chat

Editors' Review

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Pidgin lets you link your accounts from multiple chat apps, so you can communicate with all of your friends from one central location. Rather than having to stay logged in to multiple apps at once, you can keep in touch effectively while keeping confusion and distraction to a minimum. Supported apps include Facebook Chat, AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, GroupWise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MXit, MySpaceIM, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo, and Yahoo Japan.

Pros

Notification options: For each account you add to Pidgin, you can configure notifications individually. That means you can decide when you want to be interrupted with a new mail alert from Facebook Chat and from Google Talk separately, which is especially useful if you use different chat apps for different types of communication.

Streamlined interface: The app's main interface is uncluttered and great for chatting. You'll see all of your messages in one place, and replying or starting a new conversation takes only a couple of clicks.

Cons

Confusing setup: While the chat part of the app is straightforward enough, the setup can be a little confusing. It's not always clear what information the forms for linking your accounts are looking for, and we did have some of our accounts fail to activate on the first try during testing. There is a detailed Help document to refer to, if you have trouble. But there's nothing in the form of a Quick Start Guide that will guide you through the process quickly.

Bottom Line

Pidgin makes keeping in touch with all of your friends that much easier, no matter which chat app they prefer. Setting it up and adding your accounts can be a little frustrating and time consuming, but once they're synced, everything runs smoothly.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Great software!"

April 11, 2013  |  By j-med

2013-04-11 08:02:20  |  By j-med

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.10.7

Pros

Pidgin allows you to collect all your messenger contacts into one single program.

You can chat with people in different networks at the same time, without having to clutter your desk with n different windows.

Cons

Can't think of any. :)

Summary

Pidgin works great for somebody like me with friends in many different networks.

I love how I can integrate all those platforms in one single, user-friendly software.

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5 stars

"Nice program"

February 22, 2013  |  By MikeSr39

2013-02-22 20:15:22  |  By MikeSr39

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.10.7

Pros

multi IM use and easy to set up

Cons

Have problems with ICQ and installing it to Pidgin

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1 stars

"wont connect to aim"

August 11, 2011  |  By needauniquenameoncnet

2011-08-11 19:31:53  |  By needauniquenameoncnet

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.9

Pros

none to mentioned

Cons

cant connect

Summary

Wont connect properly to aim. Loads exactly 4 of my buddies. Also wont connect to facebook. The faq offers no help as the links are mostly dead.

Can anyone help!? For now its completely worthless, but if I can get it going ill definitely rate it better

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5 stars

"Great IM client"

August 02, 2011  |  By Vignesh92

2011-08-02 00:57:08  |  By Vignesh92

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.9

Pros

1. Supports almost all major chat client
2. Good feature set
3. Open source!!

Cons

None so far

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4 stars

"Flexible, friendly and stable"

July 29, 2011  |  By WaArSe

2011-07-29 14:31:28  |  By WaArSe

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.9

Pros

Fast and easy accounts configuration. Uses very few system resources, and works well. The tagging is useful and fun to use.

Cons

None relevant. TB has no skins or color themes, but the standard look is fairly adequate..

Summary

Fast and easy configuration of e-mail accounts, both POP and SMTP linked. It feels like using very few system resources, and works seamlessly alongside with Outlook, which I keep using for my professional e-mails.

Its best characteristic is being intuitive: whoever has ever used some e-mail client can use TB, and will find any functional feature he or she has ever loved. You cannont give it a specially "pretty" looks but if you want fancy looks and visual effects better than efficiency there's always Incredimail, which isn't bad at all...

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5 stars

"Great IM Consolidator"

July 27, 2011  |  By mrobinson52

2011-07-27 17:14:38  |  By mrobinson52

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.9

Pros

When Yahoo IM updated to version 11, I no longer had the ability to store my archives locally. Pidgin solves that problem, and I do not have to look at ads anymore either!

Cons

The default smilies are lame, but you can import sounds and smilies from other clients. Occasionally, the other IMs such as Yahoo change servers which requires some work to get Pidgin reconnected.

Summary

A great solution for those who do not like the ads that other IM clients have, and for those who want to archive their IMs locally (they are even in plaintext and are searchable!). I do not have friends on multiple clients, but if I did, I could use Pidgin to chat with all of them.

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4 stars

"Customizable IRC Agent"

July 27, 2011  |  By bosque1894

2011-07-27 07:45:33  |  By bosque1894

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.9

Pros

Customizable
Small footprint

Cons

No mobile counterpart

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5 stars

"Best IM client available"

July 19, 2011  |  By JTod94

2011-07-19 21:46:33  |  By JTod94

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.9

Pros

-Looks native on all platforms
-Simple and easy to use with no unnecessary bells or whistles.
-Easy to configure.
-Plug-ins and themes.

Cons

It's fairly easy not to realise that someone has messaged you; it doesn't make as much of a fuss as other IM clients.

Summary

A must have IM client for users of all IM protocols. It's perfect for use with the Facebook Chat protocol, and it seems like more people are using this protocol than any other. Looks and works perfectly on openSUSE Linux and Windows XP.

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1 stars

"Couldn't install"

May 30, 2011  |  By HunterDX77M

2011-05-30 12:13:18  |  By HunterDX77M

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.7.11

Pros

Wish I could say . . .

Cons

Didn't install.

Summary

I had a problem downloading the GTK whatever it's called. Too bad. I really liked Pidgin on my Linux partition where it seems to work flawlessly.

Updated on May 30, 2011

Nevermind. I got it to install correctly. I guess they were serious about closing all open applications before beginning. Who would have thought? Anyways: 4 Stars!

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4 stars

"Supports IRC chat without the need of an IRC client-"

May 06, 2011  |  By andreaborman

2011-05-06 11:24:46  |  By andreaborman

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.7.11

Pros

As well as a general messenger,which supports Aim,Google Talk and others,Pidgin supports IRC chat. So if you have Pidgin you NOT NOT need to use any other IRC Chat messenger to connect to IRC channels.More user friendly than an IRC client too.

Cons

Pidgin does not support voice or video chat on Windows. Only the Linux version of Pidgin supports voice and video chat. But not the Windows version. Why?

Summary

When I first tried Pidgin it did seem that I would not be sure how to use it. So I used Instantbird which I still use.Which is a simplified version of Pidgin but with not so many features. But I recently stated to lean how to do IRC chat. And I found that the many IRC Chat clients are just too complicated and difficult to use. And some of the IRC clients are not free on Windows,although they are on Linux. And so I discovered that Instantbird which I have got does do IRC chat. The default channel is Freenode but on Instantbird and Pidgin you can connect to any other IRC network,Undernet for example.By typing in the IRC web address.Instanbird connects you to the IRC Channels and you can chat in IRC and do commands. But Pidgin does more because it finds channels for you, and it will scan and find a list of channels on the IRC channel network you are connected to. And you can just go onto the channel and chat instantly.Where as Instantbird,although it connects you to IRC and you can go to any channel by selecting join channel and typing the channel name. Instantbird does not have a channel finder like Pidgin does.Pidgin will also save channels for you so you can connect to them automatically next time you start Pidgin. And it is much more user friendly than X Chat IRC.Because to chat you just type in the messages the same way you do in other accounts,Aim and Google Talk. And the reply s are displayed the same way as in normal messaging. So when you are on IRC in Pidgin or Instantbird,you use it the same way as a normal messenger. So with all of that going for you in Pidgin,who needs an IRC client? and it is good for normal messaging too,supports MSN Yahoo,Google Talk etc. But windows Pidgin does not support voice or video chat on Windows. But there are other messengers for that. Although Linux Pidgin does but only video chat for Google Talk on Linux only. But the most helpful feature is the IRC support. So if you use Pidgin for IRC you will never have to use an IRC chat messenger again if you have got Pidgin.Because it is much easier to use than an IRC client.It is a pity more people don't know that they can use Pidgin for IRC. But they do now! Andrea Borman.

Updated on May 6, 2011

I was able to join IRC channels and chat easy. And create an IRC channel for a friend. And Pidgin did it all for me. And I was able to use IRC commands which you have to do to register a username and register a channel. But this was not a problem in Pidgin. I recommend Pidgin as a fully functional IRC Chat client and messenger. Andrea Borman.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.11.0
  • 2.10.12 was accidentally released with new additions to the API and should have been released as 2.11.0. Unfortunately, we did not catch the mistake until after 2.10.12 was released, but we're fixing it now.
  • Include the Mozilla certificate bundle. This fixes connecting to servers with certificates from Let's Encrypt.
  • Remove all 1024-bit CAs
  • Fix an issue with ximagesink displaying only a corner cut-out of a larger webcam video (Jakub Adam)
  • Update output window destruction so that it reflects recent changes in the media pipeline structure (Jakub Adam)
  • Ported Instantbird's CommandUiOps to libpurple (Dequis)
  • Fixed alignment of incoming right-to-left messages in protocols that don't support rich text
  • Fix a potential crash while exiting pidgin
General
Publisher Pidgin
Publisher web site http://www.pidgin.im/
Release Date June 21, 2016
Date Added June 21, 2016
Version 2.11.0
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.83MB
File Name pidgin-2.11.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 760,007
Downloads Last Week 140
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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