Pidgin

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 282 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.10.9
  • Total Downloads:
    739,277
  • Date Added:
    October 08, 2014
  • File Size:
    9.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    145
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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Pidgin is a multi-service messenger app that lets you chat with users from MSN, AIM, Gmail, ICQ, and more, all from a single app. Users can keep their modern clients but also keep in touch with their old-school friends and family who just refuse to get off AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo Messenger. It also supports lesser-known protocols like Jabber, MySpace, and Gadu-Gadu.

Installation was pretty straightforward: You'll be taken through a series of standard confirmations for install directories and then be introduced to an initial setup process to have your accounts synced up. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, we were unable to get Facebook Chat to work, due to some XMPP validation error. It's okay, though; you're probably on Facebook right now, anyway.

Users can create custom responses, or "pounces," for notifications from specific parties or IDs. That means that if you receive a notification from an important friend or family member, you can create custom triggers and alerts. Other options include mail notifications (as for Gmail users) and custom add-ons like transparency effects, buddy tickers, and more.

The interface is very minimal and clean, with a standard green/red/yellow dot to indicate user activity or idleness, followed by the name and avatar. You can set your own custom notification and status message on the bottom and change your own avatar directly from the main menu. It's as simple as it gets.

Pidgin is free and open-source. We recommend it especially for users who want to use a single message client for multiple services. In the meantime, tell your friends stuck in the 1990s to discover Gmail or Facebook.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 5 stars

    "Great software!"

    April 11, 2013   |   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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    What's new in version 2.10.9
    Pidgin 2.10.9 fixes logins to some XMPP servers.
    General
    Publisher Pidgin
    Publisher web site http://www.pidgin.im/
    Release Date October 08, 2014
    Date Added October 08, 2014
    Version 2.10.9
    Category
    Category Communications
    Subcategory Chat
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows Me
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 9.14MB
    File Name pidgin-2.10.9.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 739,277
    Downloads Last Week 145
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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