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Xanda - /dev/project - HOWTO Page on Pidgin

Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client that supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols. Pidgin is free software available under the GNU General Public License.


  • Multiple OS support including Windows, GNU/Linux, BSD, and many Unix derivatives
  • Multiple protocol support
  • Multiple account access support
  • On-action automated scripts for contact status changes (called Buddy Pounces)
  • Tabbed message windows for conversation management
  • Grouping multiple buddies into a single "contact"
  • Conversation and chat logging
  • Notification pop-ups available through the Guifications plug-in and libnotify plug-in
  • Built-in NSS support, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it.
  • Plugins "Off-the-Record Messaging" and Pidgin encryption, offering end-to-end message encryption.
  • Contact aliasing
  • Spell checking
  • Notification area integration

Supported protocols

  • .NET Messenger Service (a.k.a. MSN)
  • OSCAR (AIM/ICQ/.Mac)
  • XMPP (Jabber, Google Talk)
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Internet Relay Chat
  • Novell GroupWise
  • OpenNAP
  • SILC
  • Yahoo!
  • Zephyr

Included since 2.0.0:

  • Lotus Sametime (previously supported by the third party gaim-meanwhile plugin)
  • QQ (previously supported by the third-party OpenQ plugin)
  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) (at the moment only with chat function)
  • Third party plugins
  • DirectNet, 3rdparty plugin for DirectNet - peer to peer instant messenger
  • IMPS, 3rdparty plugin from Smart VAS
  •, 3rdparty plugin from SourceForge
  • Xfire, 3rdparty plugin from gfire
  • RVP, 3rdparty plugin from Fabien Carrion