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Multi Protocol Instant Messaging Clients Today we digg into All-In-One Messengers (aka multi-protocol Instant Messaging clients), these handy apps merge several messenger platforms (AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber…) into one messenger.

We got it all covered: web-based ones (to access from work or school), desktop downloadables and for mobile devices.

Online Instant Messengers

Meebo (AIM, Yahoo, MSN, GoogleTalk, ICQ, Jabber) – Lets you access multiple IM accounts simultaneously. Registration isn’t required, however if you sign-up (free) you will be able to:

  • sign into all of your IM screen names using a single meebo login
  • save your preferences (i.e. sounds and appearances)
  • save your conversations in meebo chat logs

KoolIM (AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber) – Quite similar to Meebo. You can login to several IM accounts at once either by entering login details for each of them, or use a single Koolim ID (sign-up required).

eBuddy (MSN, Yahoo, AIM) – Unlike the above two, with eBuddy you can to login to only one IM application at a time.

ILoveIM (MSN, Google Talk, AOL, Yahoo) – Same thing here, only one IM application at a time.

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Multi Protocol Instant Messengers for Desktops

Trillian [Windows] – AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo and IRC

Miranda IM [Windows] – AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, Gadu-Gadu, IAX, Netsend, Tlen ….

Gaim [Linux, BSD, Mac, Windows] – AIM, ICQ , MSN, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Novell GroupWise, Lotus Sametime, Zephyr

Adium [Mac] – AIM, ICQ , MSN, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Novell GroupWise, Lotus, Bonjour, QQ, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk

Kopete [Linux] – AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, Gadu-Gadu and Novell GroupWise

Qnext [Windows, Mac, Linux] – ICQ, MSN, Yahoo and AIM

Instan-t Express [Windows] – MSN, AOL, ICQ, and Yahoo

Multi Protocol Instant Messaging Cleints for Mobile Phones

JimmyIM – Brings MSN Messenger, GoogleTalk / Jabber, Yahoo and ICQ to your mobile phone.

Yiego – Chat with your contacts on GoogleTalk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ and Jabber.

Fring – Chat and Talk with Skype, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, ICQ, and Twitter contacts from your mobile for FREE.

eBuddy (MSN, Yahoo, AIM) – accessible online.

Mabber (AIM, ICQ, MSN,Yahoo!,Jabber) – requires download

Eqo (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk, Skype) – requires download

Nimbuzz (MSN, Life Messenger, Google Talk) – requires download

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  1. Eduardo
    January 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Qnext has Gtalk also, and IRC is "coming soon". Do not forget Empathy from Gnome.

  2. Manish
    December 2, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Is there any desktop messenger that support Yahoo, MSN and Gtalk along with Webcam broadcasting feature

  3. peedee
    August 20, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Nimbuzz is the best for cell phones, the list of features is not updated, it also has skype etc. I need a pc/windows all in one IM client including skype chat/talk, msn and icq, anybody can help me with this? (not trillian or some other client with a buggy skyllian plugin)

  4. JUAN FROM MEXICO
    February 2, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Does any of them support "messaging from the web"?
    What do I mean?
    I want to receive an IM if somebody visits a very special page (like a "Contact us" page). It has to be an IM, I don´t need any database recording, nor an email, I HAVE TO know that someone is there immediately.
    Any solution?

    Thanks

  5. RGA
    April 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Is there any of these amazing tools working together with skype?

  6. Biddy
    March 3, 2008 at 10:41 am

    I'm surprised FRING ( fring.com ) wasn't mentioned. It kicks a$$ for mobile use and it's free. I have a Nokia E61i and use it to talk to my family overseas via skype, msn, yahoo or google talk. It is also compatible with some other ones I do not use. The sound quality is great, espcially on fring to fring calls. If you have an unlimitted data plan it is a great way to make free phone calls with the conformt of a mobile phone.

  7. Jxn
    February 6, 2008 at 11:23 am

    As Pingback wrote, Gaim is Pidgin now (http://pidgin.im/)

    To use multi protocoll web IM site, have a look at http://meboo.com/

    The best Jabber-client I have tried is Gajim, . Simply the best Jabber kient there is. Much better Jabber-klient than Pidgin (which sucks when it comes to Jabber).
    To chat with others who has not seen the light, you can always use a Jabber Transport that transports chat to other protocols, like MSN, ICQ, IRQ, etc...

    To use in mobile phones that have Java, I use Bombus, http://bombus-im.org/. Great software, but site in Russian :(. But links still in english :) http://www.bombus-im.org/index.php?page=download

  8. kweldude
    November 10, 2007 at 1:41 am

    hi all

    atlast only flick.im is working , iam woried tht if they block tht one too?wat to do?can any one sugest?

    • Aibek
      November 10, 2007 at 5:08 am

      try imo.im. It's relatively unknown, high chance it won't be blocked.

  9. tiago
    November 7, 2007 at 5:08 am

    if you have all webmessengers blocked you can try MINGLEWORLD which i always use

  10. jon
    October 11, 2007 at 4:06 am

    hi at school alot of the web based messengers for msn are blocked ones like http://www.koolim.com nd iloveim.com all the well known ones does ne one know some more that arnt so well known so they wont be blocked

    • blue
      November 2, 2007 at 2:31 am

      i would love to know too please!!
      everytime i find a new one .. the program people block it at my house
      we have this really strict program called "webshield" at home for my brother's sake .. unfortunately 'for his sake' hinders me :(
      please email me if you have any brand new/incredibly unknown web based web based msn messengers .. THANKYOU
      (they just blocked my latest find, flick.im :Z)

      • Aibek
        November 10, 2007 at 5:06 am

        Hmmm, not sure what to suggest, you can also try imo.im

  11. Tweistein
    October 6, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    FYI About GAIM, new versio is called Pidgin
    more info http://www.pidgin.im/

  12. Wahlau.NET
    May 31, 2007 at 9:43 am

    thanks...very usefull indeed

  13. Aibek
    May 21, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    :-) Hola!

  14. rodolfo
    May 21, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    hola

  15. anonymous
    April 17, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Great post,

    KoolIM allows you to access Instant Messenger at work or school. Check out the KoolIM Web Messenger

    You can access MSN web Messenger and Web MSN

    You can access AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo and other web messengers directly from your web browser.

  16. webmink
    April 9, 2007 at 3:26 am

    For the Mac, the only IM worth using is Adium, at adiumx.com

  17. ron
    April 1, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    good

  18. Aibek
    March 29, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Yeah Kaly, WTF? where is Gaim ;-)
    btw Josh, good point.

  19. Josh
    March 29, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Don't forget about Jabber & transports. If you have a Jabber host that provides support for the various transports, then all you have to is enter the login information for each service, and use an appropriate Jabber client (iChat, Adium, Trillian).

  20. tasm
    March 29, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    gaim?!? come on what about gaim!?!

  21. Kaly
    March 29, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    heavylight@

    Thanks for alert. Neither my firewall nor Antivirus detected it. I checked it with some other tools and seems you're right
    It is off the list now.

  22. AC
    March 29, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    What about GAIM [gaim.sf.net]. It supports MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Gtalk [via jabber], IRC and ICQ :)

  23. heavylight
    March 29, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Anybody else getting a warning about a trojan when attempting to instal Universal Messenger Plus?
    (NOD32 reports it as TrojanDownloader.1stBar.NAU.)

  24. Sherri
    March 29, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    HA, I notice it's included in the list after submitting my former comment, Jinx!

  25. Sherri
    March 29, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    I quit using Trillian because it was getting bloated (I was using an older pc with a small HD, and dialup). I found that Miranda worked better on that old setup, and I've continued using it after finally stepping into this century. The NT/XP version is 1.1mb.

    I remember having to copy the Jabber file, rename it to GTalk, then something else probably, but now my Miranda has Jabber and GTalk both. Of course it has Aim, ICQ, Yahoo, MSM, and IRC.

    miranda-im.org/

    • Manish
      December 2, 2009 at 6:45 am

      Sherri

      Is there any kinda one messenger that support Yahoo, MSN and GTalk along with webcam feature.

      Do let me know

  26. Aibek
    March 29, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the tip, it's on the list.

  27. Deyan
    March 29, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Don't forget Miranda IM - perhaps the best IM out there..