Pidgin Chat Program

Pidgin Chat Program

Pidgin is a free and open source chat or instant messaging program for Linux, BSD, other Unixes, and Windows operating systems.

This easy to use chat client is used by millions. With Pidgin, you can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM (instant messaging) networks including AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, and Bonjour.

Pidgin initial release was in 1999. It is written in C, C#, Perl, Python, and Tcl. Pidgin is released under the GNU General Public License.

Pidgin Chat Program


Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log into accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on XMPP and sitting in an IRC channel at the same time.


Pidgin runs on Windows, Linux, and other UNIX-like operating systems. Looking for Pidgin for OS X? Try Adium!


Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: Jabber/XMPP, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, and Zephyr. It can support many more with plugins.


Pidgin supports many features of these chat networks, such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smileys, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin’s functionality above and beyond the standard features.


Pidgin is under constant development. Releases are usually frequent and driven by user contributions, such as bug reports and patches.


Pidgin is free and contains no ads. All our code is open source and licensed under the GNU General Public License. This means you can get Pidgin’s underlying code and modify it to suit your needs, as long as you publish the changes you make for everyone to benefit from as well.


Source: Pidgin’s home page

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