Pidgin

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 282 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.9
  • Total Downloads:
    745,283
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 23, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    9.22MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    501
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #17 in Chat

Editors' Review

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Your mother uses AOL Instant Messenger. Your spouse prefers MSN. Your office insists on Yahoo. What are you going to do? You could run all those chat clients at once, or you could use Gaim, now renamed Pidgin. Like Trillian, Fire, and other third-party IM clients, this open-source messaging application lets you access multiple IM networks from one window, including Google Talk and MySpaceIM as well as lesser-known protocols such as Jabber and Gadu-Gadu.

Pidgin's biggest change is the redesigned interface. The Buddy List can be viewed in Basic or Advanced mode, and the most important features, including the Plug-in List, have been graduated from the Preferences window into their own panes. Twenty-two plug-ins come prepackaged as Pidgin repositions itself as a highly extensible chat client.

The IM features are unimpeachable: smileys (you can find tons of emoticons on the developer's site), file transfers, and multiperson chats. The Buddy Pounce feature lets you automatically perform certain actions (play a sound, execute a command, open an IM window) when a contact signs on or off. Pidgin also gets lots of intangibles right: logging and time-stamping, for instance, are well-executed and easy to access. However, it lacks IP telephony and video conferencing, and there are still some bugs--most notably in the Help menu. Still, Pidgin remains a highly recommended text-only messaging app.

 
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
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    out of 282 votes

    • 5 star 126
    • 4 star 87
    • 3 star 35
    • 2 star 12
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.9
version 2.9 fixes a potential remote denial-of-service bug related to displaying buddy icons.
General
Publisher Pidgin
Publisher web site http://www.pidgin.im/
Release Date June 23, 2011
Date Added June 23, 2011
Version 2.9
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 9.22MB
File Name pidgin-2.10.11.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 745,283
Downloads Last Week 501
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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