Pidgin Portable 2.5.0 Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on August 19, 2008 - 3:46pm

Pidgin logoPidgin Portable 2.5.0 has been released. Pidgin Portable is a versatile instant messaging client packaged as a portable app, so you can take your IM settings and buddy lists with you. It has all the same great features as Pidgin, including support for AOL, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and Jabber networks, but there's nothing to install on the local PC. This new release updates Pidgin to the current 2.5.0 release, fixing issues with Gadu Gadu and improving MSN and other protocol support. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. And it's open source and completely free.

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Pigdin Portable ScreenshotPidgin Portable is a multi-protocol instant messaging client that works with AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! and more. You can log into multiple networks all with the same program. All your IM settings and buddy lists are self-contained, so it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on. Learn more about Pidgin...

Pidgin Portable supports the two most popular encryption plugins for Pidgin. Both are packaged as portable installers that automatically work with Pidgin Portable. You can install Pidgin-Encryption 3.0 and/or Pidgin-OTR 3.2 and communicate securely with other users.

Users of Windows 98 and Me can get Pidgin Portable working on their machines by following the steps outlined in the Running on Windows 98/Me support topic.

New In This Release

This new release updates Pidgin to 2.5.0, fixing an issue with Gadu Gadu and improving MSN support among other things (change log). Installer / Format

Pidgin Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Pidgin Portable is available for immediate download from the Pidgin Portable homepage. Get it today!

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Yeah, I saw that one being posted in the ticket and IRC a lot. My @live account is fine, however.

I have tried several times to install this file: Pidgin_Portable_2.5.0.paf.exe .
Each time it fails and I receive a message saying this is not a valid Win32 application. Can anyone offer some non-complicated guidance here?

John T. Haller's picture

As always, all support questions belong in the support forums. Most likely, you are right-clicking the file to save it which doesn't work. For more assistance, visit the forums.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Not to offend you, but I ave tried this thungy a whole lot of times.... I am no nwb, but I dont cant seem to use this without opening ports, that aint portable dude!

John T. Haller's picture

Once... again... all support requests belong in the forums, not as comments on a news story.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Mickeyj4j's picture

thanks i do find pigeon more user friendly than miranda and even msn (to some degree). i like the conversation tab function it is very handy if talking to more than one person. no need to be opening multiple windows.

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