Comparison of instant messaging clients

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of instant messaging clients. Please see the individual products' articles for further information. External links may lead to extensions that add a feature to a client.

General information[edit]

Client Author, creator First public release Type Latest stable version License
Adium Adam Iser, Evan Schoenberg 2001-09 Multi-protocol 1.5.10 (May 20, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-05-20)) [±] GPLv2
Aliwangwang Alibaba Group 2004 Single-protocol 8.00.34C Clickwrap
aMSN The aMSN team 2002-05 Single-protocol 0.98.4 GPL
AIM AOL 1997-05 Multi-protocol 8.0.7.1 (February 4, 2014; 9 months ago (2014-02-04)) [±] Clickwrap
Ayttm Colin Leroy and Philip Tellis 2003-04 Multi-protocol
  • Linux: 0.6.1
  • Windows: 0.4.6-17
GPL
BBM BlackBerry Limited 2006 Single-protocol 10.5.5.38 (BlackBerry 10) (31 October 2014; 23 days ago (2014-10-31)) [±]

8.5.1.8 (BlackBerry) (3 August 2014; 3 months ago (2014-08-03)) [±]

2.5.0.36 (Android) (10 November 2014; 13 days ago (2014-11-10)) [±]

2.5.0.26 (iOS) (31 October 2014; 23 days ago (2014-10-31)) [±]

Proprietary
BitlBee Wilmer van der Gaast 2002-08-09 Multi-protocol IRC gateway 3.2.2 (5 July 2014; 4 months ago (2014-07-05)) [±] GPL
Bombus Eugene Stahov 2005-01-05 Single-protocol v0.6 (2008; 6 years ago (2008)) GPL
Viber Talmon Marco 2010-12-02 Single-protocol v5.0.2 (Template:Free phone calls and send free text messages) Proprietary
Centericq Konstantin Klyagin 1999 Multi-protocol 4.21.0 (September 2, 2005; 9 years ago (2005-09-02)) [±] GPL
Coccinella Mats Bengtsson 1999-12-01 Single-protocol 0.96.16 (December 1, 2009; 4 years ago (2009-12-01)) GPLv3
eBuddy Paulo Taylor 2003-03-09 Multi-protocol 2011; 3 years ago (2011) Clickwrap
emesene Luis Mariano Guerra 2006-05-24 Multi-protocol 2.12.5 GPL
Empathy The GNOME Project 2007-05 Multi-protocol 3.14.2 (November 13, 2014; 10 days ago (2014-11-13)) [±][1]


GPL
FaceTime Apple Inc. 2010 Single-protocol 2.0 (July 25, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-07-25)) Proprietary
Fire Eric Peyton 1999-04-01 Multi-protocol 1.5.6 (February 16, 2006) [±] GPL
Firetalk Multitude Communications 1997 -2001 voice/music chat program GPL
Gadu-Gadu Łukasz Foltyn / GG Network S.A. 2000-08-15 Single-protocol
  • Modern UI: 2.0.0.179
  • Desktop: 12.0.49.11103 (December 13, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-12-13))
Clickwrap
Gajim Yann Le Boulanger 2004-05-21 Single-protocol 0.16 (October 4, 2014; 50 days ago (2014-10-04)) [±] GPL
Google Hangouts Google, Inc. 2013-05-15 Single-protocol Clickwrap
Hookt Hookt, Inc. 2011-09-14 Single-protocol Proprietary
Hike Bharti SoftBank 2012-12-12 Single-protocol
  • 3.2.0 (Android, August 12, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-08-12))[2]
  • 2.6.2.0 (Windows Phone, July 23, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-07-23))[3]
  • 2.6.2 (BlackBerry, May 7, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-05-07))[4]
  • 2.6.0 (iOS, August 12, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-08-12))[5]
  • 2.6.0 (Symbian)
GPL
IBM Lotus Sametime IBM, Ubique 1998 Multi-protocol — proprietary T.120, SIP, XMPP 8.5 (December 2009; 4 years ago (2009-12)) Clickwrap
iChat Apple Inc. 2002-08 Multi-protocol 6.0.1 (1002) (February 1, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-02-01)), replaced by Messages Clickwrap
ICQ Mirabilis (AOL) 1996-11 Single-protocol 8.0.5977 (December 14, 2012; 22 months ago (2012-12-14)) Clickwrap
IMVU Will Harvey 2001-07 Single-protocol 3.0 Clickwrap
Instantbird Florian Quèze 2007 Multi-protocol 1.5 (December 17, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-12-17)) [±] GPLv2
Jitsi Emil Ivov 2003 Multi-protocol 2.4 (build.4997) (January 7, 2014; 10 months ago (2014-01-07)) [±] LGPL
Kadu Kadu Team 2001-08 Multi-protocol 0.12.0 (June 25, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-06-25)) GPLv2
KakaoTalk Kakao Corp. 2010-03-18 single-protocol
  • iOS: 5+
  • Android: 4+
  • Windows Phone: 2+
  • BlackBerry: 3+
  • Windows 8
Proprietary
Kik Messenger Kik Interactive 2010-10 Multi-protocol 6.2 Freeware
Kopete Kopete Team 2002-03-03 Multi-protocol 1.2.3 (May 4, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-05-04)) [±][6] GPL
Libon Orange S.A. 2012-11-21 Proprietary
Line LINE Corporation 2011
  • iOS: 3.8.2
  • Android: 3.8.5
  • Windows Phone: 2.6.0.137
  • BlackBerry: 1.8.23
  • Windows 8
Proprietary
MCabber Mikael Berthe 2005-06-07 Single-protocol 0.10.3 (May 8, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-05-08)) [±] GPL
Meetro Paul Bragiel & Samuel Stauffer 2005 Multi-protocol
  • Windows: 0.96 beta
  • OS X: 0.53 beta
Clickwrap
Messages Apple Inc. 2012-07-25 Multi-protocol 7.0 (July 25, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-07-25)) Clickwrap
Microsoft Lync Microsoft Corporation 2005 Single-protocol 2013 (October 2, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-10-02)) Clickwrap
Miranda IM Miranda IM project 2000-02-06 Multi-protocol 0.10.24[7] (9 September 2014; 2 months ago (2014-09-09)) [±] GPL
MySpaceIM MySpace 2006-05-09 Single-protocol 1.0.754.0 (February 7, 2008; 6 years ago (2008-02-07)) Clickwrap
naim Daniel Reed 1998-10-05 Multi-protocol 0.11.8.3.1 (July 9, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-07-09)) GPL
Nimbuzz Evert Jaap Lugt 2006 Multi-protocol Android: 3.0.0
(1 April 2014; 7 months ago (2014-04-01)) [±][8]

iOS: 3.3.0
(28 April 2014; 6 months ago (2014-04-28)) [±][9]

Blackberry OS: 4.0
(10 December 2013; 11 months ago (2013-12-10)) [±][10]

Windows Phone: 1.1.8.1
(16 April 2014; 7 months ago (2014-04-16)) [±][11]

Clickwrap
Palringo Palringo Ltd 2006 Single-protocol
  • Windows: 2.7.9 (July 4, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-07-04))
  • Windows Mobile: 2.6.6 (March 30, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-03-30))
  • iOS: 4.12 (August 6, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-08-06))
  • Android: 5.2.8 (August 1, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-08-01))
  • OS X: 4.6.4 (July 24, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-07-24))
  • Windows Phone: 0.11.0.0 (February 14, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-02-14))
Clickwrap
Paltalk 1998-06 Multi-protocol Version 10.2 Build 455 Clickwrap
Pidgin Mark Spencer 1998-11 Multi-protocol 2.10.10 (October 22, 2014; 32 days ago (2014-10-22)) [±] GPL
Psi Justin Karneges 2001 Single-protocol 0.15 (October 3, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-10-03)) [±] GPL
Qnext Qnext Corp. 2010-06 Multi-protocol
  • Windows, Macintosh, Linux: 4.0.4 (June 2010; 4 years ago (2010-06))
  • iOS: 2.01.009.0000 (October 16, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-10-16))
  • Mobile Web: 2.0.1.55 (June 2010; 4 years ago (2010-06))
Clickwrap
QIP Ilgam Zyulkorneev 2004 Multi-protocol QIP 2012 version 4.0 (build 8866) (27 November 2012; 23 months ago (2012-11-27)) [±] Clickwrap
QuteCom QuteCom 2004 Multi-protocol 2.2.1 (June 22, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-06-22)[12]) [±] GPL
Sicher SHAPE GmbH June 2014 Single-protocol 1.1 Proprietary
Skype Skype Technologies, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation 2003 Single-protocol
Windows desktop 6.22.0.106 (21 November 2014; 2 days ago (2014-11-21)) [±][13]
modern Windows[clarification needed] 3.1 (12 August 2014; 3 months ago (2014-08-12)) [±][14]
Windows Phone 2.24.0.111 (20 October 2014; 34 days ago (2014-10-20)) [±][15][16]
Mac 7.1.0.665 (29 October 2014; 25 days ago (2014-10-29)) [±][17]
Linux 4.3.0.37 (18 June 2014; 5 months ago (2014-06-18)) [±][18]
Android 5.0.0.52727 (22 September 2014; 2 months ago (2014-09-22)) [±][19]
iPhone 5.7 (30 October 2014; 24 days ago (2014-10-30)) [±][20][21]
iPad 4.18.1 (18 September 2014; 2 months ago (2014-09-18)) [±][22][23]
BlackBerry 5.0.0.54461 (28 October 2014; 26 days ago (2014-10-28)) [±][24][25]
Xbox One 1.8 (3 September 2014; 2 months ago (2014-09-03)) [±][26]
Clickwrap
surespot 2fours 2013 Single-protocol
  • iOS: 6.0
  • Android: 2.3
GPLv3
Telegram Telegram Messenger LLP 2013 Single-protocol Android 2.0.2 (November 19, 2014; 4 days ago (2014-11-19)[27]) [±]

iOS 2.7.2 (November 19, 2014; 4 days ago (2014-11-19)[28]) [±]
Windows Phone 1.1.3.40 (November 14, 2014; 9 days ago (2014-11-14)[29]) [±]
Web application 0.3.5 (November 14, 2014; 9 days ago (2014-11-14)[30]) [±]
OS X 1.32 (November 7, 2014; 16 days ago (2014-11-07)[31]) [±]
Desktop 0.6.11 (November 18, 2014; 5 days ago (2014-11-18)[32]) [±]

GPLv2
Tencent QQ Tencent Holdings 1999-02 Single-protocol See current releases Clickwrap
TextSecure Open WhisperSystems 2010-05 Single-protocol Google Android, 2.2.0 (October 26, 2014; 28 days ago (2014-10-26)) [±] GPLv3
Tkabber Alexey Shchepin 2002-07-03 Single-protocol 1.1 (February 14, 2014; 9 months ago (2014-02-14)) GPL
Trillian Cerulean Studios 2000-07-01 Multi-protocol Windows:

5.5 (build 18) (November 12, 2014; 11 days ago (2014-11-12)) [±]

Mac OS X:
3.0 (build 47) (October 16, 2014; 38 days ago (2014-10-16)) [±]

Linux:
1.2 (build 4) (October 9, 2014; 45 days ago (2014-10-09)) [±]

Android:
3.0.0.25 (October 31, 2014; 23 days ago (2014-10-31)) [±]

iOS:
2.1.9 (June 20, 2013; 16 months ago (2013-06-20)) [±]

BlackBerry:
1.1.0.45 (October 26, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-10-26)) [±]

Web-Based:
4.0.0.17d (November 7, 2014; 16 days ago (2014-11-07)) [±]

Clickwrap
Upptalk Upptalk 2010 Dual-protocol iOS 2.0.3 (February 3, 2014; 9 months ago (2014-02-03)) [±]

Android 2.0.2 (February 12, 2014; 9 months ago (2014-02-12)) [±]
Windows Phone 7.x 1.0.1.7 (September 12, 2013; 14 months ago (2013-09-12)) [±]
Windows Phone 8.x 1.0.0.4 (September 18, 2013; 13 months ago (2013-09-18)) [±]
BlackBerry OS 1.0.1 (May 31, 2013; 17 months ago (2013-05-31)) [±]
Kindle Fire 2.0 (December 19, 2013; 10 months ago (2013-12-19)[33]) [±]

Freeware
WeChat Tencent Holdings 2011-01 Single-protocol iOS 5.3.1.16 (June 23, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-06-23)[28][34]q) [±]

iPad (February 21, 2014; 8 months ago (2014-02-21)[27]) [±]
Windows Phone 5.1.4.0 (June 13, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-06-13)[29]) [±]
Symbian V3 4.2 (February 4, 2013; 21 months ago (2013-02-04)[35]) [±]
Symbian V5 4.2 (January 17, 2013; 21 months ago (2013-01-17)[35]) [±]
BlackBerry OS 2.6 (July 30, 2013; 15 months ago (2013-07-30)[36]) [±]
BlackBerry 10 1.0.1.16 (July 30, 2013; 15 months ago (2013-07-30)[36]) [±]
OS X 1.0.0.5 (March 17, 2014; 8 months ago (2014-03-17)[31]) [±]

Clickwrap
WhatsApp WhatsApp Inc. 2009-08 Single-protocol
  • iOS:
    2.11.12 (February 23, 2015; 2 months' time (2015-02-23)) [±]
  • Android:
    2.11.444 (November 5, 2014; 18 days ago (2014-11-05)) [±]
  • BlackBerry:
    2.11.967.2 (November 20, 2014; 3 days ago (2014-11-20)) [±]
  • Windows Phone:<0757752896br/>2.11.587 (November 20, 2014; 3 days ago (2014-11-20)) [±]
  • Symbian:
    2.11.804 (November 20, 2014; 3 days ago (2014-11-20)) [±]
  • Nokia S40 devices:
    2.12.52 [±]
Proprietary
Wickr Wickr Inc.
(Co-founders Nico Sell & Robert Statica)
2012-06 Single-protocol Android, iOS Freeware
Windows Live Messenger Microsoft Corporation 1999-07 Dual-protocol 2012 (v16.4.3508.205) (October 2, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-10-02)) [±] Clickwrap
Xfire Xfire Inc. 2004 Dual-protocol 1.155 (March 20, 2013; 19 months ago (2013-03-20)) [±] Clickwrap
Yahoo! Messenger Yahoo! 1999-06-21 Dual-protocol
  • Windows: 11.5.0.228
  • OS X: 3.0.1
  • Unix: 1.0.4
Clickwrap
Zephyr Project Athena 1987 Single-protocol 2.0 MIT
Client Author, creator First public release date Type Latest stable version License

Operating system support[edit]

The operating systems the clients can run on without emulation or compatibility layers.

Desktop Mobile Other
Client Windows OS X Unix-like Haiku Amiga Windows Phone Android BlackBerry OS iOS Symbian MeeGo Java ME WebOS Web VGCs
Adium No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Aliwangwang Yes Yes Partial[a][b] No No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No
BBM No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
AIM Yes Yes Dropped No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No
aMSN Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No No No
Ayttm Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
BitlBee Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Bombus No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
Centericq Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
climm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Coccinella Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
eBuddy No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
emesene Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Empathy No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
FaceTime No Included No No No No No No Included No No No No No No
Fire No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Gadu-Gadu Yes No No No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Gajim Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Google Hangouts Partial[c] Partial[c] Partial[c][a] No No No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No
Hookt Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Hike No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
IBM Lotus Sametime Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
ICQ Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
IMVU Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Instantbird Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Jitsi Yes Yes Yes No No No Unstable Unstable No No No No No No No
Kadu Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No
Kopete No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Messages No Included No No No No No No Included No No No No No No
MCabber No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Microsoft Lync Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No
Miranda IM Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
MySpaceIM Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
naim Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Nimbuzz Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Palringo Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Paltalk Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No
Pidgin Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No
Psi Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
QIP Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No No
Qnext Yes Yes Yes[a] No No No No No Yes No No No No Yes No
QuteCom Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Skype Yes Yes Yes[a] No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No PSP PSV XB1
Telegram Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Coming soon[37] Yes No No No No Yes No
Tencent QQ Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TextSecure No No No No No No Yes No Coming soon No No No No No No
Tkabber Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Trillian Yes Yes Partial[d][a] No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No
WeChat No Yes[38] No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
WhatsApp No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[39] No No No No
Wickr No No No No No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No
Windows Live Messenger Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Xbox
Xfire Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Yahoo! Messenger Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
Yuilop No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
Zephyr Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Client Windows OS X Unix-like Haiku Amiga Windows Phone Android BlackBerry OS iOS Symbian MeeGo Java ME WebOS Web VGCs
Desktop Mobile Other
  1. ^ a b c d e The only supported desktop Unix-like platform is GNU/Linux.
  2. ^ Not an official release.
  3. ^ a b c Only available as Google Chrome/Chromium plugin. No native application available.
  4. ^ Currently in beta testing.

Protocol support[edit]

WLM[a] Y!M AIM/ICQ XMPP[b] IRC IBM Lotus Sametime Novell GroupWise Messenger Gadu-Gadu QQ Xfire Skype MySpaceIM SIP Others
Adium Partial[c] Yes[d] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Partial[e] Yes No MobileMe, Zephyr, NateOn, Tlen
AIM No No Yes[f] No No No No No No No No No No No
aMSN Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Ayttm Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
BitlBee Yes Depends[g] Yes Yes N/A[h] Depends[g] No Depends[g]
Centericq Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
climm No No Yes[i] Partial No No No No No No No No No No
eBuddy Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No
emesene Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Empathy Yes Depends[g] Yes Yes Depends[g] Yes Depends[g]
Fire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
Gajim No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
IBM Lotus Sametime No Yes/No[j] Yes/No[j] Yes/No[j] No Yes No No No No No No Yes No
ICQ No No Yes[i] No No No No No No No No No No No
IMVU Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No IMVU
Instantbird Yes Yes[d] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Netsoul
Jitsi Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes No
Kadu No No No Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No
Kopete Yes Yes[d] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[e] No No SILC, WinPopup
Messages No Yes Yes[f] Yes No No No No No No No No No MobileMe
Miranda IM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes[k] Yes Partial[e] Yes No Tlen
naim No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No Lily
Nimbuzz Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No Yes Twitter, Facebook chat, Google Talk
Palringo Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No ? ? ? No ?
Paltalk No Yes Yes No No No No No No ? ? ? No ?
Pidgin Partial[l] Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[e] Yes Yes Battle.net, NateOn, SILC, Tlen, Zephyr
QIP No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No MRA, XIMSS
Qnext Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No Qnext
QuteCom Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes No
Skype Partial No No Partial[m] No No No No No No Yes No No No
Tencent QQ No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
Tkabber No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Trillian Yes Yes[n] Yes Yes Yes[n] No Yes[n] Yes[k][n] Yes[k][n] Yes[n] No[44][n] Yes No LinkedIn,[n] Foursquare,[n] ASTRA, VZ[n]
Windows Live Messenger Yes Yes No Partial[m] No No No No No No No No No No
Yahoo! Messenger Partial[c] Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Upptalk No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Zephyr No No No No No No No No No No No No No Zephyr
WLM Y!M AIM/ICQ XMPP IRC IBM Lotus Sametime Novell GroupWise Messenger Gadu-Gadu QQ Xfire Skype MySpaceIM SIP Others
  1. ^ Formerly named MSN Messenger or .NET Messenger protocol
  2. ^ Commonly termed Jabber, used in Facebook, LiveJournal, Tweeter, Identi.ca, etc.
  3. ^ a b Via Yahoo! Messenger account only.
  4. ^ a b c Supports connecting to Japanese Yahoo servers.
  5. ^ a b c d Needs running official Skype client.
  6. ^ a b Via AIM account only.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Supported via Pidgin back-end, depends on its version
  8. ^ Bitlbee is accessed via IRC.
  9. ^ a b Via ICQ account only.
  10. ^ a b c Feature is missing from client, but can be used via IBM Sametime Gateway.
  11. ^ a b c Available as plugin.
  12. ^ Via WLM account OR Yahoo! Messenger account.
  13. ^ a b Supports importing Facebook contacts and allows to send messages to and receive from Facebook IM users.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Not supported in versions for Android (checked 12 november 2012 in latest version 1.2.0.11)

XMPP-related features[edit]

Client Transports[a] File transfer
(XEP-0096)[b]
Multi-user
chat
Link-local
(XEP-0174)
Jingle Encryption
File transfer[b] Voice calls Video calls OpenPGP OTR
Adium Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No[45] Yes
BitlBee Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Bombus[46] No Yes Yes No No No No No No
climm No Yes No No No No No No Yes
Coccinella[47] Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No
Telepathy-based[c][48] No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes/No[49][50]
Gajim[51] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jitsi No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Kadu No Yes No No No No No No No
Kopete Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Messages No Yes Partial[d] Yes Yes No No No No
MCabber[52] No No Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
Nimbuzz Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Pidgin[53] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes/No[e] Yes/No[e] Yes Yes
Psi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Tkabber[54] Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Trillian No Yes Yes/No[f] Yes/No[f] No No No No Yes/No[g]
  1. ^ Transport support means the ability to set up transports. Once transport is set up, any client can use it to manage contacts and communicate with them.
  2. ^ a b The difference between XEP-0096 (legacy) and XEP-0234 (Jingle) file transfer is that the latter works behind NAT (e.g., from home and corporate networks).
  3. ^ Both Empathy and KDE Telepathy are based on Telepathy framework and share same properties in regard of XMPP features support.
  4. ^ Multi-user chats can be joined but not started
  5. ^ a b Feature unavailable on Windows.
  6. ^ a b Feature available on Windows only.
  7. ^ Feature available on Windows only, not actively supported, not stable.

Features[edit]

Information on what features each of clients support.

Client Number of features included Toolkits or SDKs Encryption File transfer Proxy server Graphical emoticons Unicode (UTF-8) Built-in games Themes, skins Plugin system Third party add-ons Scripting Message logging Voice messaging Voice mail Webcam support Offline messaging Remote desktop assistance Whiteboard RTL texting
Adium 011 Cocoa Yes[a] Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes ? ? ?
Aliwangwang 13 W32 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
AIM 11 W32/Cocoa Yes/No[b] Yes Yes/No[b] Yes Yes No Yes/No[b] Yes/No[b] Yes/No[b] No Yes Yes/No[b] No Yes/No[b] Yes/No[b] No No No
aMSN 14 Tcl/Tk Yes[c] Yes http, socks5, msn gateway Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No
Ayttm 9 GTK2 Yes No http, socks4/5 Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes No No Partial Partial No No No
BitlBee 03 N/A Yes Yes[d] Yes No Yes No N/A Yes No No N/A ? ? No Yes ? ? ?
Bombus 10 Java ME Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes No No ?
Centericq 05 ncurses Partial[e] Partial ? No ? No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No No No Yes ? ? ?
climm 07 line based Yes 5,[a] Yes ? N/A Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes N/A No ?
Coccinella 11 Tcl/Tk Yes Yes http, socks4/5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes ?
eBuddy 06 No Yes Partial ? Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No ?
Empathy 012 GTK3 No Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes ? ? No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Fire 09 Cocoa Yes[f] Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Gadu-Gadu 08 Qt Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No ? No Yes No Yes Yes ? ? Yes No No ?
Gajim 012 GTK2 Yes[e] Yes http Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No No Yes
Google Talk 08 W32 No Yes ? Partial Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Third party plugin Yes No No Yes
IBM Lotus Sametime 15 Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes available Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
ICQ 12 W32 No Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
IMVU 06 ? ? No ? Yes Yes Partial Yes No Partial[g] No Yes No ? No Yes ? ? ?
Jitsi 12 Java Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Kadu 10 Qt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Partial Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes No No Yes No No ?
Kopete 013 Qt/KDE Yes[e][a] Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes With plugin Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
Messages 11 Cocoa Partial[h] Yes ? Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Partial[c] ?
MCabber 04 Curses Yes [a] No ? No Yes No ? ? No ? Yes No No No Yes No No ?
Miranda IM 12 W32 Yes[a][e][c] Yes Yes, socks4/5, http(s) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[c] No Partial[c] Yes No Yes Yes
Palringo 03 ? No No ? Yes ? No Yes No No No No Yes No Partial (picture capture only) ? No No ?
Paltalk 09 N/A Yes Yes ? Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? ?
Pidgin 07 GTK2 Partial[a] Partial Yes, http, socks4/5 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial (XMPP in Linux) No Yes (XMPP in Linux) Yes No Partial Yes
Psi 06 KDE/Qt Yes[e] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Partial (Icon sets only) Not Yet No No Yes Partial (Linux & Unix) No No Yes No No Yes
QIP 10 W32, VCL Yes Yes Yes, http(s), socks4/4A/5 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No No ?
Qnext 15 Swing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
QuteCom 06 Qt Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes No No ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Skype 12 Qt/KDE, W32 Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes/No[c][b] Yes
Surespot 0?  ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes No No No Yes ? ? ?
Tencent QQ 11 W32 No Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Telegram 12 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Tkabber 13 Tcl/Tk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No
Trillian 12 W32, Cocoa Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? Yes
Wickr 7 No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No No  ?
Windows Live Messenger 15 W32 No Yes Yes, http, socks4/5, Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Xfire 06 W32 No Yes ? No Yes No Yes Partial Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No ?
Yahoo! Messenger 11 W32, Cocoa, GTK No Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Partial Yes
Yuilop 7 ? Yes Yes No Yes ? No No No No ? Yes Yes No No Yes No Partial ?
Client Number of features included Toolkits or SDKs Encryption File transfer Proxy server Graphical emoticons Unicode (UTF-8) Built-in games Themes, skins Plugin system Third party add-ons Scripting Message logging Voice messaging Voice mail Webcam support Offline messaging Remote desktop assistance Whiteboard RTL texting
  1. ^ a b c d e f Off-the-Record Messaging encryption.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Feature only supported on Windows
  3. ^ a b c d e f Supported with plugin
  4. ^ Feature is implemented with libpurple back-end
  5. ^ a b c d e OpenPGP encryption (XEP-0027).
  6. ^ Incompatible to other clients.
  7. ^ While IMVU does not allow add-ons to extend the client, registered accounts can create new content for use inside the simulation.[clarification needed]
  8. ^ Limited to official service users.
Client Handwriting mode Dockable Multiaccount Spell check User-defined graphic emoticons Animations OAuth
Adium Yes, receive only Yes Yes Yes Partial Partial ?
AIM No Yes No No ? Partial ?
aMSN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Ayttm No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
BitlBee No N/A Yes ? ? ? ?
Centericq ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
climm N/A ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Coccinella ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Empathy No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fire ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Gajim ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Google Talk Yes/No[a] Yes Yes/No[b] No No Yes/No[b] No
iChat No ? Yes Yes ? ? ?
ICQ No Yes No Yes No Yes, tZer ?
IMVU ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Jitsi No No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Kadu No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes, emoticons No
Kopete No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, emoticons No
Miranda IM No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
MySpaceIM ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
naim No ? ? ? ? ? ?
Paltalk ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Pidgin No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, emoticons, user icons ?
Psi No ? Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Qnext No No No Yes No Yes, animated user icons, emoticons, themes ?
QIP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, emoticons ?
QuteCom ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Skype No No No No ? Yes, animated emoticons ?
Tencent QQ No Yes Yes No Yes Yes ?
Tkabber No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, animated emoticons No
Trillian Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes, animated emoticons ?
Windows Live Messenger Yes No Yes No Yes Yes, animated emoticons, winks ?
Yahoo! Messenger ? ? ? No ? ? ?
Client Handwriting mode Dockable Multiaccount Spell check User-defined graphic emoticons Animations OAuth for client authorization
  1. ^ The connection between the Google Talk client and the Google Talk server is encrypted, except when using Gmail's chat over HTTP, a federated network that doesn't support encryption, or when using a proxy like IMLogic. - Google
  2. ^ a b Feature unavailable in standalone version.

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