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 1.5.9 (December 3, 2013; 4 months ago (2013-12-03)) [±] (OS X) GPLv2
aMSN The aMSN team 2002-05 Single-protocol 0.98.4 GPL
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) AOL 1997-05 Multi-protocol 8.0.7.1 (February 4, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-02-04)) [±] Clickwrap
Ayttm[1][2] Colin Leroy and Philip Tellis 2003-04 Multi-protocol 0.6.1 (Linux)
0.4.6-17 (Windows)
GPL
BBM Research In Motion Limited 2006 Single-protocol 10.3.12.75 (BlackBerry 10)
8.2.0.18 (BlackBerry)
2.1.0.40 (Android)
2.1.0.57 (iOS)
Proprietary
BitlBee Wilmer van decr Gaast 2002-08-09 Multi-protocol IRC gateway 3.2.1 (28 November 2013; 4 months ago (2013-11-28)) [±] GPL
Bombus Eugene Stahov 2005-01-05 Single-protocol 2008 (v0.6) GPL
Centericq Konstantin Klyagin 1999 Multi-protocol 4.21.0 (September 2, 2005; 8 years ago (2005-09-02)) [±] GPL
climm Mattew D. Smith (up to ICQv5); Rüdiger Kuhlmann 1997(?); 2001 Dual-protocol 0.7.1 (March 2010) GPLv2
Coccinella[3][4] Mats Bengtsson 1999-12-01 Single-protocol 0.96.16 (December 1, 2009; 4 years ago (2009-12-01)) GPLv3
Coco Instanza 2011 Single-protocol * iOS - 6.0.1

* Android - 5.9.55

Proprietary
eBuddy Paulo Taylor 2003-03-09 Multi-protocol 2011 Clickwrap
emesene Luis Mariano Guerra 2006-05-24 Multi-protocol 2.12.5 GPL
Empathy GNOME 2007-05 Multi-protocol 3.12 (March 26, 2014; 26 days ago (2014-03-26)) [±][5]


GPL
FaceTime Apple Inc. 2010 Single-protocol 2.0 July 25, 2012; 20 months 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 v2.0.0.179 for Modern UI, 12.0.49.11103(2013-12-13) for desktop Clickwrap
Gajim Yann Le Boulanger 2004-05-21 Single-protocol 0.15.4 (May 25, 2013; 10 months ago (2013-05-25)) [±] GPL
Google Talk Google, Inc. 2005-08-24 Dual-protocol Plugin Windows:

3.19.1.13088 (May 14, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-05-14)) [±]

Clickwrap
Hularing Farax Mobile March 2013 XMPP Alpha  ?
IBM Lotus Sametime IBM, Ubique 1998 Multi-protocol — proprietary T.120, SIP, XMPP 8.5; December 2009 Clickwrap
iCall iCall, Inc. 2012-05 Multi-protocol 7.1 (524) Clickwrap
iChat Apple Inc. 2002-08 Multi-protocol 6.0.1 (1002) February 1, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-02-01) Clickwrap
ICQ Mirabilis (AOL) 1996-11 Single-protocol 8.0.5977 ; December 14, 2012 Clickwrap
IMVU Will Harvey 2001-07 Single-protocol 3.0 Clickwrap
Instantbird Florian Quèze 2007 Multi-protocol 1.5 (December 17, 2013; 4 months ago (2013-12-17)) [±] GPLv2
JClaim ITBS LLC 2007 Multi-protocol Template:Latest stable software release/JClaim GPLv3
Jitsi Emil Ivov 2003 Multi-protocol 2.4 (build.4997) (January 7, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-01-07)) [±] LGPL
Kadu Kadu Team 2001-08 Multi-protocol 0.12 .0 June 25, 2012; 21 months ago (2012-06-25) GPLv2
Kik Messenger Kik Interactive 2010-10 Multi-protocol 6.2 Proprietary freeware
Kopete Kopete Team 2002-03-03 Multi-protocol 1.2.3 (May 4, 2012; 23 months ago (2012-05-04)) [±][6] GPL
Libon Orange S.A. 2012-11-21 Proprietary
Line Naver, Japan 2011 * iPhone - 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 0.10.2 (December 2, 2012; 16 months ago (2012-12-02)) [±] GPL
Meetro Paul Bragiel & Samuel Stauffer 2005 Multi-protocol 0.96 beta (Windows)
0.53 beta (OS X)
Clickwrap
Messages (application) Apple Inc. 2012-07-25 Multi-protocol 7.0 July 25, 2012; 20 months ago (2012-07-25) Clickwrap
Microsoft Lync Microsoft Corporation 2005 Single-protocol 2013 October 2, 2012; 18 months ago (2012-10-02) Clickwrap
Miranda IM Miranda IM project 2000-02-06 Multi-protocol 0.10.21[7] (15 January 2014; 3 months ago (2014-01-15)) [±] GPL
MySpaceIM MySpace 2006-05-09 Single-protocol 1.0.754.0 (February 7, 2008) Clickwrap
naim Daniel Reed 1998-10-05 Multi-protocol 0.11.8.3.1 (2007-07-09) GPL
Nimbuzz Evert Jaap Lugt and Martin Smink 2006 Multi-protocol Microsoft Windows: 2.4.0 October 23, 2012; 17 months ago (2012-10-23); BlackBerry: 1.4.1 October 12, 2012; 17 months ago (2012-10-12); iOS: 2.5.1 August 21, 2012; 19 months ago (2012-08-21); Android: 2.2.2 August 1, 2012; 20 months ago (2012-08-01); Mac OS X: 2.2.1 April 24, 2012; 23 months ago (2012-04-24); Windows Phone: 1.1.1 November 13, 2012; 16 months ago (2012-11-13); Symbian: 3.4.0 August 1, 2012; 20 months ago (2012-08-01) Clickwrap
OpenWhatsApp / Wazapp Tarek Galal, Matias Perez and Bojan Komljenovic[8] 2012 Single-protocol BlackBerry: 0.9.8; MeeGo: 0.9.22[9] GPL
Palringo Palringo Ltd 2006 Single-protocol Microsoft Windows: 2.7.9 July 4, 2012; 21 months ago (2012-07-04); Windows Mobile: 2.6.6 March 30, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-03-30); iOS: 4.12 August 6, 2012; 20 months ago (2012-08-06); Android: 5.2.8 August 1, 2012; 20 months ago (2012-08-01); Mac OS X: 4.6.4 July 24, 2012; 20 months ago (2012-07-24); Windows Phone: 0.11.0.0 February 14, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-02-14); Clickwrap
Paltalk Jason Katz 1998-06 Multi-protocol Version 10.2 Build 455 Clickwrap
Pidgin Mark Spencer 1998-11 Multi-protocol 2.10.9 (February 2, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-02-02)) [±] GPL
Psi Justin Karneges 2001 Single-protocol 0.15 (October 3, 2012; 18 months ago (2012-10-03)) [±] GPL
Qnext Qnext Corp. 2010-06 Multi-protocol 4.0.4 Windows, Macintosh, Linux (June 2010)
2.01.009.0000 iOS (16 October 2012)
2.0.1.55 Mobile Web (June 2010)
Clickwrap
QIP Ilgam Zyulkorneev 2004 Multi-protocol QIP 2012 version 4.0 (build 8866) (27 November 2012; 16 months ago (2012-11-27)) [±] Clickwrap
QuteCom QuteCom 2004 Multi-protocol 2.2.1 (June 22, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-06-22)[10]) [±] GPL
Skype Niklas Zennström, Janus Friis 2003 Single-protocol Clickwrap
surespot 2fours 2013 Single-protocol iOS 6.0
Android 2.3
GPLv3
Telegram Telegram LLC 2013 Single-protocol iOS 2.0
Android 1.3.16
GPLv2
Tencent QQ Tencent Holdings 1999-02 Single-protocol See current releases Clickwrap
TerraIM George Vulov 2002-09 Single-protocol 1.2.6 (July 15, 2008; 5 years ago (2008-07-15)) [±] GPL
TextSecure Open WhisperSystems 2010-05[24] Single-protocol Google Android, 2.0.8 (April 15, 2014; 6 days ago (2014-04-15)) [±] GPLv3
Threema Kasper Systems GmbH 2012-12-11 Single-protocol iOS
1.7.1 (November 5, 2013; 5 months ago (2013-11-05)) [±] [25]

Android
1.3 (February 5, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-02-05)) [±] [26]


Proprietary
Tkabber Alexey Shchepin 2002-07-03 Single-protocol 1.1 (2014-02-14) GPL
Trillian Cerulean Studios 2000-07-01 Multi-protocol Windows:

5.4 (build 15) (January 6, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-01-06)) [±]

Mac OS X:
1.6 (build 36) (January 7, 2013; 15 months ago (2013-01-07)) [±]

Linux:
1.1.0.1 (March 5, 2014; 47 days ago (2014-03-05)) [±]

iOS:
2.1.9 (June 20, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-06-20)) [±]

BlackBerry:
1.1.0.45 (October 26, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-10-26)) [±]

Android:
2.0.0.92 (November 14, 2013; 5 months ago (2013-11-14)) [±]

Web-Based:
3.0 (February 27, 2014; 53 days ago (2014-02-27)) [±]

Clickwrap
Upptalk Upptalk 2010 Dual-protocol iOS 2.0.3 (February 3, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-02-03)) [±]

Android 2.0.2 (February 12, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-02-12)) [±]
Windows Phone 7.x 1.0.1.7 (September 12, 2013; 7 months ago (2013-09-12)) [±]
Windows Phone 8.x 1.0.0.4 (September 18, 2013; 6 months ago (2013-09-18)) [±]
BlackBerry OS 1.0.1 (May 31, 2013; 10 months ago (2013-05-31)) [±]
Kindle Fire 2.0 (December 19, 2013; 3 months ago (2013-12-19)[27]) [±]

Proprietary freeware
WeChat Tencent Holdings 2011-01 Single-protocol iOS 5.2.1.17 (March 21, 2014; 31 days ago (2014-03-21)[28][29]) [±]

Android 5.2 (February 21, 2014; 59 days ago (2014-02-21)[30]) [±]
Windows Phone 5.1.0.0 (January 22, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-01-22)[31]) [±]
Symbian V3 4.2 (February 4, 2013; 14 months ago (2013-02-04)[32]) [±]
Symbian V5 4.2 (January 17, 2013; 14 months ago (2013-01-17)[32]) [±]
BlackBerry OS 2.6 (July 30, 2013; 8 months ago (2013-07-30)[33]) [±]
BlackBerry 10 1.0.1.16 (July 30, 2013; 8 months ago (2013-07-30)[33]) [±]
OS X 1.0.0.5 (March 17, 2014; 35 days ago (2014-03-17)[34]) [±]

Clickwrap
WhatsApp WhatsApp Inc. 2009-08 [35] Single-protocol Android, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, iOS, Series 40, Symbian and Windows Phone Proprietary
Windows Live Messenger Microsoft Corporation 1999-07 Dual-protocol 2012 (Build 16.4.3503.728) (Windows XP/Vista/7/8) August 7, 2012; 20 months ago (2012-08-07) Clickwrap
Xfire Xfire Inc. 2004 Dual-protocol 1.155 (March 20, 2013; 12 months ago (2013-03-20)) [±] Clickwrap
Yahoo! Messenger Yahoo! 1999-06-21 Dual-protocol 11.5.0.228 (Windows)
3.0.1 (Mac)
1.0.4 (Unix)
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 iOS Symbian MeeGo Java ME WebOS Web Palm VGCs
Adium No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
BBM No No No No No Coming soon Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No
AIM Yes Yes Dropped No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No
aMSN Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
Ayttm Dropped Yes Yes No 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 No
Bombus No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No
Centericq Yes Yes Yes No 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 No
Coccinella Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
eBuddy No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes No
emesene Yes Yes Yes No 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 No
FaceTime No Included No No No No No No Included No No No No No No No
Fire No Yes No 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 No
Gajim Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Google Hangouts Partial[a] Partial[a] Partial[a] No No No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No
IBM Lotus Sametime Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
iCall Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No
iChat No Included No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
ICQ Yes Dropped No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No
IMVU Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No
Instantbird Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Jitsi Yes Yes Yes No No No Partial Partial[b] No No No No No No No No
Kadu Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
Kopete No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
MCabber No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
meebo No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
Meetro Yes Yes No No 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 No
Miranda IM Yes No 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 No
naim Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Palringo Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
Paltalk Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
Pidgin Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No No
PlayXpert Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Psi Yes Yes Yes Yes No 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 No
Qnext Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No Yes No No
QuteCom Yes Coming soon Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Skype Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No PSP

PSV

Tencent QQ Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No
TextSecure No No No No No No Yes No Coming soon No No No No No No No
Threema No No No No No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
Tkabber Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Trillian Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
WeChat No Yes[36] No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No
WhatsApp No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[37] No No No No No
Windows Live Messenger Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Xbox
Xfire Yes No 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 No
Yuilop No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Zephyr Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Client Windows OS X Unix-like Haiku Amiga Windows Phone Android BlackBerry iOS Symbian MeeGo Java ME WebOS Web Palm VGCs
Desktop Mobile Other
  1. ^ a b c Only available as Google Chrome/Chromium plugin. No native application available.
  2. ^ In early development: only nightly .apk builds currently available.

Protocol support[edit]

WLM[a] Y!M AIM/ICQ XMPP[b] IRC IBM Lotus Sametime Novell GroupWise Messenger zeroconf (Avahi/Bonjour) Gadu-Gadu QQ Xfire Skype MySpaceIM Others
Adium Partial[c] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes No Yes Partial[d] Yes MobileMe, Yahoo! Japan, Zephyr, NateOn, Tlen
AIM No No Yes[e] Yes[f] 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]
Centericq Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes 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 No Yes 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 Partial No No No No No No
Gajim No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Google Talk 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 No SIP
iCall Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No SIP
iChat No Yes Yes[e] Yes No No No Yes No No No No No MobileMe
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 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes No No Yes Netsoul, SIMPLE, Yahoo! Japan, MySpaceIM
Jitsi Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Partial No No No No No SIP, RTP, ZRTP, SRTP, IPv6, DNSSEC, ICE, TURN
Kadu No No No Yes No No No No Yes No No No No No
Kopete Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[d] No Yahoo! Japan, SILC, WinPopup
meebo Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes MyYearbook
Meetro Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
Miranda IM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes[k] Yes Partial[d] Yes Tlen
naim No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No Lily
Palringo Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No ? ? ? ?
Paltalk No Yes Yes No No No No No No No ? ? ? ?
Pidgin Partial[l] Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes Partial[d] Yes Blizzard Battle-Net Chat, SIPE, NateOn, SILC, Tlen, Zephyr (with plugins)
PlayXpert Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No Sony Station Friends
QIP No No Yes[38] Yes[38] Yes No No No No No No No Yes OSCAR,[38] MRA,[38] SIP,[38] POP3, IMAP
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 No SIP
Skype Depends[m] No No Depends[m][n] No No No No No No No Yes No No
Tencent QQ No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No
TerraIM No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
Threema No No No No No No No No No No No No No Threema
Tkabber No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Trillian Yes Yes[o] Yes Yes Yes[o] No Yes[o] Yes[o] Yes[k][o] Yes[k][o] Yes[o] Windows only[39][o] Yes LinkedIn,[o] Foursquare,[o] ASTRA, VZ,[o] IRC,[o] IMAP,[o] POP3[o]
Windows Live Messenger Yes Yes No Partial[p][n] 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
Yuilop No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No RTP
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 zeroconf (Avahi/Bonjour) Gadu-Gadu QQ Xfire Skype MySpaceIM Others
  1. ^ Formerly named MSN Messenger or .NET Messenger protocol
  2. ^ Commonly termed Jabber, used in Google Talk, Facebook, LiveJournal, Tweeter, Identi.ca, etc.
  3. ^ a b Via Yahoo! Messenger account only.
  4. ^ a b c d Needs running official Skype client.
  5. ^ a b Via AIM account only.
  6. ^ Limited to Google Talk.
  7. ^ a b c d e 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 Partial support in Skype 6.
  14. ^ a b Supports importing Facebook contacts and allows to send messages to and receive from Facebook IM users.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Not supported in versions for Android (checked 12 november 2012 in latest version 1.2.0.11)
  16. ^ Supports the following specifications: RFC6120: XMPP: Core; RFC6121: XMPP: Instant Messaging and Presence. Roster management is not supported; XEP-0054: vcard-temp. The Messenger XMPP service supports fetching vCards, but doesn't support updating vCards; XEP-0085: Chat State Notifications; XEP-0203: Delayed Delivery. Full details of the XMPP Support.

XMPP-related features[edit]

Client Transports[a] File transfer
(XEP-0096)[b]
Multi-user chat Jingle Encryption
File transfer[b] Voice calls Video calls OpenPGP OTR
Adium No Yes Yes No No No No[40] Yes
BitlBee Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Bombus[41] No Yes Yes No No No No No
climm No Yes No No No No No Yes
Coccinella[42] Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No
Empathy[43] No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No[c]
Gajim[44] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes/No[d] Yes/No[d] Yes Yes/No[d]
Google Talk No No No Yes Partial[e] Partial[e][f] No No
iCall Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
iChat No Yes Partial[g] No No No No No
Jitsi No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Kadu No Yes No No No No No No
KDE Telepathy No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Kopete Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
MCabber[45] No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Pidgin [46] Yes Yes Yes No Yes/No[d] Yes/No[d] Yes Yes
Psi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Tkabber[47] Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Trillian No Yes Yes/No[h] No No No No Yes/No[i]
  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. ^ "Bug report - Empathy should support OTR encryption". Gnome Bugzilla. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Feature unavailable on Windows.
  5. ^ a b Incompatible with XEPs.
  6. ^ Feature unavailable in standalone client.
  7. ^ Multi-user chats can be joined but not started
  8. ^ Feature available on Windows only.
  9. ^ Feature available on Windows only, not actively supported, not stable.

Features[edit]

Information on what features each of the 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 ? ? ?
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 ?
iCall 11 Javascript Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
iChat 11 Cocoa Partial[g] Yes ? Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Partial[c] ?
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[h] 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
MCabber 04 Curses Yes [a] No ? No Yes No ? ? No ? Yes No No No Yes No No ?
Meetro 04 ? Yes No ? Yes ? No No No No ? Yes ? ? ? Yes ? ? ?
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 ?
TerraIM 4  ? ? Yes ? ? ? No Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes No No No
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
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. ^ Limited to official service users.
  8. ^ While IMVU does not allow add-ons to extend the client, registered accounts can create new content for use inside the simulation.[clarification needed]
Client Handwriting mode Dockable Multiaccount Spell check User-defined graphic emoticons Animations OAuth for client authorization
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 ? ?
Fire ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Gajim ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Google Talk Yes/No[a] Yes Yes/No[b] No No Yes/No[b] No
iCall No No Yes Yes No No 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
Meetro ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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.

See also[edit]

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