Pidgin Portable v2.14.8

webfork on 5 May 2022
  • 56MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Oct 2021
  • Suggested by USB_Kx

Pidgin Portable is a Pidgin version made by 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 Jabber/XMPP, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, MicroFocus GroupWise Messenger, SILC, and more. It also includes support for many features such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, emoticons and typing notifications.

Plugins are also available to add more features including more networks, security, interface tweaks, and more. Themes are available via an additional download.

Pidgin is cross-platform with clients available for Mac OS and Linux; it supports 80+ world languages.

Other 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
What's new? See:

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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