Linux Messenger: MSN Live, Yahoo, Google Talk...

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Instant messaging (IM) allow you to talk with your friends online using text, voice or video chats. With these IM programs for Linux you can connect your accounts of the most popular networks messaging as MSN Live Messenger (WLM), Yahoo Messenger, Jabber, Google Talk, IRC, AIM, ICQ, Facebook messaging, Skipe and other many messaging protocols.

1. Pidgin
Pidgin messenger supports a lot of protocols: MSN Windows Live Messenger (WLM), IRC, Gtalk, Jabber / XMPP, ICQ, AIM, Bonjour, Yahoo, QQ, MySpace IM, Simple, Sametime... It lets you log in from multiple accounts at one time and integrates them into the same contact list window so you can see all your contacts at once without having to use several programs.

Its functions are to show nick, personal message and songs, custom status, avatars,
offline conversations, custom icons, multiple chats, warning friend, notices you who open and close conversations, write notes about your contacts, show the music what you're listening, tabbed conversations, email, various forms of notification messages, conversation log, send files, warning of a friend, download manager and many add-ons you can add as plugins Pidgin Facebook chat and Pidgin Skype to access these messaging networks.

Also, if you install the plugin Pidgin Screenlet into Screenlets, you will have the list of your connected contacts in your desktop:
Moreover, Pidgin integrates with Ubuntu Linux and your status can be changed quickly with the statusbar:

2. Emesene
Emesene messenger is a very attractive Linux Live MSN Messenger. Its main virtue is that it is beautiful, customizable and has the necessary functions for most people.

It supports offline conversations, colored nicks, MSN plus, nudges, Hotmail / Live Mail inbox, chats, personal message, music "I'm listening", simultaneous multiple sessions, send and receive files, tabs, create avatars to use as a personal photo, search contacts, notifications, logger (list event), spell checker, command support, auto response, icon themes, proxy, several styles of conversation, etc... In addition add-ons can customize it.

3. aMSN Messenger
It is the ideal program to be controlled to your contacts. AMSN mark a cross in the people who have deleted you, you can set custom alarms and alerts, recording connections, tells you who opens or closes conversation, you can make a log of conversations, it save all photos os your friends by date, integrates a powerful contact manager...

It has almost all the features of Live Mesenger (WLM) and you can customize everything (with a full skin manager).

Some of its functions are to send and receive webcam video, audio conversations, send audio clips, pictures with the webcam, offline messages, msn plus, send and receive files, personal message, show the music you're listening, group chats, to verify accounts of Hotmail and Live Mail, ink drawings, custom emoticons, animations, plugins and more.

Messenger with the ability to manage accounts for AIM, Gadu-Gadu, GroupWise, ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk, MSN Windows Live Messenger, QQ, SMS, Testbed, WinPopud and Yahho Messenger.

Among its features are support for webcam videoconferences, highlighting messages, language translator, nudges, send screenshots, orders, commands, speaking with several people, avatars, advanced text formatting, spell check is complete, export contacts, profiles, shortcuts, notifications, filtering messages, the ability to encrypt conversations, custom statements, see emails, accessories, etc... Kopete gives you a lot of customization possibilities.

5. Mercury IM
It has almost all functions of the official client Windows Live Messenger also has RSS reader, video support (webcam), covers, ink messages, notes, nudges, winks, chat, send files, and animated emoticons and more.

Its main disadvantage is that it is written in Java, which makes a lot of RAM.

6. KMess
IM program for MSN Live Messenger, it has all the basic functions and a friendly appearance.

Its main features are text chats, send files, user image, custom emoticons, email, customizable contact list, zoom in the talks, nudges, video conversations, chat log, nick and personal message support, quick search for contacts, search interests, profiles and MSN window transfers.

7. Galaxium Messenger
It supports MSN Live Messenger, Jabber (Google Talk), IRC chat rooms, ICQ and more. It has several functions and an intuitive skin.

In terms of functionality, you can send files, create chat with several people, send nudges, format the text of the discussions, view images and you can configure how to show the contact list and chat windows.

8. Empathy
Instant messaging client that uses the Tapioca libraries. Its functions include registration messages, chat, video calls (SIP and Jingle) and more...

It supports Jabber, Gtalk, MSN Live, IRC many others.

9. Instantbird
Crossplatform client based in Pidgin. It supports AIM, Gadu-Gadu, Jabber / XMPP, Google Talk, IRC, ICQ, MSN Widows Live Messenger, Yahoo, QQ, and all others protocols supported by Pidgin.

It has the basic functions: contact list, chat, account manager, sounds, tabbed conversations, extensions, themes and plugins.

10. Spicebird
Spicebird integrates into a single program an e-mail manager, a instant messaging, chats, calendar, contacts list, tasks and gadgets with several utilities.

It supports MSN Live Messenger (WLM - Windows Messenger), Jabber, Google Talk, AIM, ICQ, GroupWise, MySpace Messenger, QQ, Yahoo and Simple.

11. Trillian at Linux
Instant Messenger for Windows you can install Linux on your computer with Wine, as you can do with many other programs.

Trillian supports MSN Live Messenger, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo! and IRC chat. Its features include file transfer, audio conversations, video, history chat, send SMS, get plugins, enail inbox, contacts information, sound and visual alerts (popups), tabbed conversations, emotisounds, notes, advanced settings...

More IM messenger for MSN Live, Gtalk and other:

· Sim IM: Messenger simple platform that works with the protocols AIM, ICQ, Jabber, LiveJournal, WLM Live Messenger, SMS and Yahho. Web:

· Elloquence Messenger: Instant Messenger similar to Emesene and Galaxium. Works with Windows Live Messenger (WLM). Web:

· Coccinella: Jabber IM client that also supports other protocols such as Live Messenger, ICQ and AIM. Web:

· Meebone: Use Adobe Air to create an instant messenger on your Linux desktop. It is compatible with MSN Live Messenger, Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo.

· Yoono: Firefox add-on that supports MSN Live Mesenger, Yahoo IM, ICQ and Google Talk. It also integrates with MySpace, Facebook, Twite, Flickr, etc ...

· FilePhile: Messenger for Linux, Windows and Mac using their own protocol with high security encryption to protect your chats and file transfers of possible intruders. Its site: (to install it use .jar format).

Web IM Clients

Web applications are available on the Internet and you can access them from your browser:

· MSN Web Messenger: Quick and simple access to your MSN Messenger account to chat with your contacts.

· Yahoo Web Messenger: Yahoo Messenger in your browser:

· Google talk: You can use Google Talk from or from

· Facebook IM: Social websites are very fashionable and some make up their own instant messenger in order to communicate with your contacts from. With Facebook IM you can chat with your friends or send private messages.

· Meebo: Web Messenger to chat online using MSN Live, AIM, Yahoo and Google Talk.

· Ebuddy: Woks with MSN Live Web Messenger (WLM), Yahoo, AIM, Gtalk, ICQ and Myspace IM.

Note: If you do not know how to use one of these programs, see our guide to install applications in Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora...)


  1. For web IMs, would be another new one.

  2. thanx 4 sharing !!

  3. My question is does it matter?

    I used to use ICQ, Yahoo, MSN and Googletalk before and then used Trillian's all in one program until I moved to Linux where Im using Kopete which about 1 year ago was the only Linux IM that supported Yahoo video (a deal breaker for me).

    Once you support video and file transfer, arent most IM programs basically the same and the debate is over UI?