Pidgin Portable v2.14.4 Updated

Andrew Lee on 5 May 2021
  • 56MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 May 2021
  • Suggested by USB_Kx

Pidgin is an easy-to-use multi-protocol instant messaging client with a tabbed interface, customizable sounds, themes and more. Supports a long list of networks including Google Talk, IRC, XMPP, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Sametime, Groupwise, and more, as well as many features such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, emoticons and typing notifications. A huge number of additional chat networks are supported via third-party plugins.

Pidgin Portable is a version of the program from PortableApps. A wide variety of plugins are available to add more features including networks, security, interface tweaks and more. Themes are available via an additional download.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac OS and Linux. Supports 80+ world languages.

Alternate portable versions:

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PidginPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: MirdandaNG, InstantBird
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38 comments on Pidgin Portable  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Midas 2016-07-01 11:04

@MIKLO: It sure is. Thanks for wasting my time... 3:)


MIKLO 2016-06-30 14:41

WOW I find this really interesting that this software has been being downloaded or at least talked about for 9 years. Some of the first comments talk about this being worthless and a waste of time cuz Pidgin already has a Portable version. There is also talk about Haller wasting his time doing this... hmmm so what am I doing here also wasting my time? lol Anyway in my opinion any and all discussion even on so called "worthless" builds serve a purpose. If nothing else I get a link in my email letting me know that there is something I can go see and waste my time on some "worthless" and not needed software. Aint life great?


smaragdus 2016-01-04 20:52

I usually never complain when there is a way to make a program portable but I have just wasted about half an hour updating (copying, moving, deleting, renaming) the native compressed version of Pidgin. And I forgot that the working Facebook plug-in was not included in the package and had to download it separately (but before that I deleted the "unknown" Facebook profile). Why do the developers still keep the no longer working Facebook-XMPP plug-in and do not adopt the working Facebook Chat (purple-facebook) plug-in is a mystery to me. Pidgin developers offer an offline installer (containing GTK+) and GTK+ for Windows yet they do not intend to provide a compressed portable-ready version for Windows. Updating Pidgin is a pain, as it is a pain to make it portable on first run.


Midas 2015-05-08 12:34

@Peter202: Yes -- please see the "Official Procedure" linked above. See also the "Forum topic".


Peter202 2015-05-08 12:00

Is it possible to make Pidgin portable without using portable launcher?


Checker 2014-11-25 20:17

@ Midas: Thanks ... and updated ;)


Midas 2014-11-25 17:14

I just tested it and fully agree with smaragdus: Pidgin is natively portable with some very minor massaging of paths and files (IMHO, the hard part was making GTK+ fall into line).

BTW, current upstream version is v2.10.11.


smaragdus 2014-11-24 15:52

The official procedure of making Pidgin portable really works, what I wonder is why the developers don't release an official portable version. If such a version was available (including GTK+) I am sure it would be very popular and the users would be spared lots of efforts and time.


JohnTHaller 2011-03-16 23:09

I think you can manually type paths into pounces that are relative. It's far easier to just click Browse and select it, though. As always, if you're a portable geek who doesn't care about leaving bits behind and are comfortable manually configuring it all and manually typing relative paths, you're fine using the guidelines.


toilet_duck 2011-03-16 20:45

@rokth You're right. I've had nothing but success using a proper portable Pidgin build (batch made, not the needless PortableApps version) to run pounces, plugins, etc. all relative to the .purple settings directory. My 2 cents.


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