Instant Messenger Software
This list is not exhaustive.
Instant Messenger networks usually have their own specific client, often by the same name. These clients can only connect only to their specific network.
- MSN Messenger
- Yahoo Messenger
- http://retroshare.sf.net serverless Instant Messenger with Encryption and File Sharing
Clients by operating system
- AIM - AOL's Instant Messenger - http://www.aol.com/aim - Windows, Mac, UNIX, Java, PalmOS, etc. Although AOL IM seems to be the most popular, if your chat partner goes offline, - even briefly - messages are often dropped and never seen.
- TiK - Tcl/Tk
- ICQ - "I Seek You" - Windows, Mac OS 9, and any web browser Web Interface - A full feature-rich Instant Messaging client. Great for groupware and collaboration. Owned by AOL.
- YSM - A textmode client for Windows, most <code>*</code>Nix systems, and BeOS
- mICQ - A textmode client for many operating systems. One of the few that allows the use of multiple user accounts on the same network.
- Yahoo Messenger - http://messenger.yahoo.com - Windows, Mac, UNIX, Java - Tightly integrated with the Yahoo suite of online services, Messenger is a great alternative to ICQ, although not as feature-rich. Great videoconferencing capabilities.
- MSN Messenger - http://messenger.microsoft.com - Microsoft's messaging client, comes by default with many flavors of Windows. Not available for Windows 95.
- GAIM http://sourceforge.net/projects/gaim/ - A popular open-source IM tool that supports the most IM services.
- Bitlbee - An IRC to IM gateway.
- Odigo - Windows and Java - supporting all the major services.
clients using the Jabber system that claim support for multiple instant messaging networks.
- Jabber - One of the few clients integrating security and with an open-source core.
- Akeni - Windows and Linux
- Psi - Windows, OS X and Linux (QT) GPLed client.
- MyJabber - Windows (Visual Basic).
- Tkabber - Linux, BSD, Solaris and Windows (Tcl/Tk) - GPL
- Exodus - Windows only (Delphi) - GPL
- Gabber - Linux Gnome - GPL
- GreenThumb - Java http://greenthumb.jabberstudio.org
- (see Jabber.org's list for more clients)
- Miranda IM - Multi-Network (Jabber), Windows-only - Miranda IM uses very little memory and is extremely fast. Development hosted by Sourceforge.
- Trillian - Very similar to Odigo in user interface and capabilities.
- CenterICQ - Multi-Network, textmode.
- LICQ - a Unix alternative to the Mirabilis ICQ software - http://www.licq.org
- Kopete - KDE - Multi-Network.
- KXICQ - KDE - http://www.kxicq.org
- Yeemp - has both console and GTK interfaces; supports the Yeemp, ICQ, and AIM protocols - http://deekoo.net/technocracy/yeemp/