Download Pidgin | Best All in One Universal Chat Client

By Shekhar Sahu on

01 June, 2013  at 6:56 PM

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Pidgin Chat Client for Gtalk Facebook Yahoo MSN MySpace ICQ IRC and other chat networks

How many chat rooms and IM networks are you in? Do you chat on Facebook, msn/live messenger, Yahoo messenger, Gtalk and hundreds of other chat rooms? Then it would be hard for you to manage all these clients. What if you could chat with all buddies on a single clients. Then we have Pidgin an all in one universal chat program with many added features. Let's explore it today.



About Pidgin

Pidgin is a chat client, a GUI front end to the core of instant messaging libpurple system. It lets you login multiple chat and IM networks simultaneously. So you can connect with friends in different networks at the same time.



Supported Chat Networks & Addons

Pidgin supports enormous list of chat networks and service like :
AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MXit, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo!, Zephyr

Along with above listed networks Pidgin also supports third party plugins, enabling support for many different chat protocols, enhancing security with encryption, adding features like chat logging, playing music, blocking a specific user, updating status with RSS. All the third party plugins are licensed under GPL license like Pidgin, then only Pidgin allows the third party plugins to work.


Additional Protocols Description
Facebook IM Facebook the social network
Gammu Protocol to send SMS through your phone via usb/serial/bluetooth/irda
Mail.ru Agent (mrim-prpl) Russian network
Mail.ru Agent (pidgin-mra) Russian network
Microblog Twitter/Identica/Laconica updates
msn-pecan Alternative MSN access
MXit MXit IM
NateOn Korean network 
NetNexus netnexus.com's chatrooms
Netsoul French network
Ning Ning-based social networks
OkCupid OkCupid.com dating website
Omegle omegle.com's web-based random chat
Rediffbol Indian network
Skype IM Popular voip and text client
SIPE Microsoft Office Communicator, Reuters Messaging
Tlen.pl Polish network
Twitter Protocol Twitter Buddylist Protocol
WinMX Peer Network File sharing network
Xfire Gaming network



How To Use Pidgin?

1. After installation fire up the Pidgin Client.

2. Click on Accounts Menu, then select  manage accounts. Now click on add button.

3. From the dropdown list select the desired protocol and enter your username and password.

Pidgin Chat Client for Gtalk Facebook Yahoo MSN MySpace ICQ IRC and other chat networks

If you don't get the desired protocol, download the addon and paste int "plugin" folder where pidgin is installed and as described on the given links below.

4. From the advanced tab you can configure the server address and port and proxies from the third tab.
In most cases 4th step is optional.

5. Now you will see a window of buddylist, right click on frind and select IM and start chatting.

6. You can also send files via pidgin if the your friend using the client supports it.



Supported Platforms

Pidgin currently run on Microsoft Windows, Linux and all other Unix operating systems. It also integrates with  system tray on Windows, KDE and GNOME environment.




Download Pidgin

Pidgin For Windows : Download Pidgin 2.7 Installer
Pidgin For Ubuntu :    Download Debian Pidgin PPA Package
Pidgin For Fedora :    Fire up the terminal and type the code:      yum install pidgin
Pidgin For CentOS :  Learn procedure


For Additional Protocols and Services : Download Plugins

For Developers : Download Pidgin Source Code




Benefits of Pidgin

I think there is no need to tell benefits of pidgin now, you already know how helpful it is. Using a single client instead of many save a lot of system resources. It's better then web browser based chat services like facebook, because browsers make chatting less stable and connection fails every now and then. Even there is always possibility of browser crashes. With Pidgin you can save all the previous conversation locally on system.




I hope you like pidgin, and if you find any problem installing and configuring plugins, comment below.


Shekhar Sahu
Blogger, Designer, Animator, Photographer, Student - BIT



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