Projects / Pidgin


Pidgin is a GTK2-based instant messenger application. It supports multiple protocols via modules, including AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, Jabber, IRC, Napster, Gadu-Gadu and Zephyr. It has many common features found in other clients, as well as many unique features. Pidgin is not endorsed by or affiliated with AOL TimeWarner, Microsoft, or Yahoo.

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Recent releases

  •  24 Jul 2010 19:36

    Release Notes: Various security-related crashes were fixed.

    •  29 Jun 2009 00:16

      Release Notes: This release fixes a remotely-triggerable crash when using an ICQ account. It fixes receiving messages from users of MySpace's Web IM client. There are various other minor bugfixes.

      •  30 Mar 2009 21:19

        Release Notes: This is a bugfix release. ICQ is reporting errors in some locations, which is generally fixed by upgrading to this release.

        •  20 Mar 2008 13:42

          Release Notes: The input text area in a conversation window now automatically resizes to fit more lines. The ability to customize conversation name colors through a theme was added. Having multiple alias edit areas in the infopane was fixed. The conversation "Enable Logging" option is now saved on a per-contact basis. Typing notifications are now shown in the conversation area.

          •  22 Feb 2008 12:35

            No changes have been submitted for this release.

            Recent comments

            07 May 2008 08:53 wattafunnyname

            pidgin, no, i don't like it so much, but...
            Pidgin, ok it works, but it's memory consumption bothers me and I just need jabber, but i cannot find a pure-jabber, lightweight IM-client with otr support.

            i am not pleased with mcabber, so there is no alternative to pidgin ... bad luck

            27 Dec 2007 07:57 dwoeltje

            Pidgin for Solaris x86 (ver 9)
            I don't know how to recompile the source to get Pidgin working on my x86 Solaris 9 system. Can anyone either provide me with a copy of the binaries or with detailed instructions on how to recompile the source on my system?

            22 Dec 2007 07:17 sandokan

            Mature it is but with a twist
            features stated do not work so do we still say it is matured - yes simple text messaging but hey the world has been into file transfer and video - gyachi is able to work so why cant sean make this work - I hope google are getting their worth for investing in our man but hey there is absolutely no difference per se if u compare the last beta of GAIM and Pidgin - why doll out new candy when old one tasted just as good - perhaps the new packaging will make people thing oooo i have changed here and there but 2.0 as promised offers nothing new - sorry bout that - haaaaaa

            10 Sep 2007 18:43 bogemot

            Re: GAIM and Windows Vista
            The most pleasing things I have noticed with gaim are the user interface and the restructuring of the menus/windows. I have used gaim for about 3 years now, always switching back to it when I tried other clients, even the other all-in-ones. The simplicity of the application has to be its biggest draws. You can whine about it not being pretty, but then again you probably install Window Blinds on your computer to get the new Vista theme. gaim does exactly what it sets out to do and it does it fast. This is by far my favorite project on SF!

            09 Aug 2007 20:21 enthropyinaction

            One change from Gaim to Pidgin i wasn't a fan of
            The only thing I didn't really like when I switched from Gaim to Pidgin was the fact that the protocol isn't displayed next to the names in the buddy list anymore.

            It's still there when you open the IM window, and when you hover the mouse over the name. If you expand the buddy name it's there too, but I'd rather not have 2 entries for every person on my buddy list just to easily see what protocol they're using.

            Is there a skin or plugin somewhere that fixes this? Is it at least possible, even if i have to make my own skin? Why did you decide to change it? (That last one's not a gripe, just trying to see it your way, dev)


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