Adium is a free multi- protocol client for Mac OS X, released under the GNU General Public License.

Adium uses the library " libezv " ( for Bonjour) and " libpurple " (for all other protocols). Libpurple is maintained primarily by the developers of Pidgin, the GTK front end of libpurple, repaired. So the Adium team is mainly working on the GUI.


Adium offers various functions. These include the " Tabbed Chatting ", similar to tabbed browsing, in which you can chat with multiple users with an open window by using tabs. By Off- the-Record Messaging ( OTR ) of the chat can be encrypted. Various customization options are available as supplement. This refers to visual changes (skins ) and alternative sounds and Apple scripts and extensions. In addition, Adium supports the transfer of files.


The following protocols are supported by Adium in the current version:

  • XMPP (formerly Jabber ) including the services Google Talk, Facebook chat and Live Journal Talk
  • OSCAR services including AIM, MobileMe (formerly. Mac) and ICQ
  • . NET Messenger Service, commonly known as " MSN" known
  • Yahoo (including Yahoo! Japan)
  • Twitter / StatusNet
  • Bonjour
  • IRC
  • MySpaceIM
  • Novell GroupWise
  • Lotus Sametime
  • Gadu -Gadu
  • Skype with an extension
  • QQ with the " AdiumQQ " extension
  • StudiVZ Plauderkasten over XMPP
  • Steam Chat with the " Steam IM " extension
  • Xfire with the " XBlaze " extension
  • MeBeam with an extension
  • NateOn with a
  • Tleń with an extension


They started the project by Adam Iser. The first version 1.0 was released in September 2001 and supported only AIM. Adium 1.0 was initially renewed up to version 1.6. This was followed by a somewhat unusual versioning.

The development team changed large parts Adiums to integrate other protocols. Originally, this should be published as " Adium 2.0", but due to the large differences between Adium 1.0 and the rewritten version, the program was renamed " Adium X". They began with " Adium X 0:50 ". This type of designation held to Adium X 0.89.1. Finally, the developer, the "X" to drop back and return to " Adium " determined. On February 2, 2007 " Adium 1.0 " was released.

Adium X 0.88 and newer versions appear as universal binaries, and ran thus natively on both PowerPC and x86 (Intel) - based Apple computers. Versions from 1.5 only support x86 - based systems.

See also: Comparison of instant messengers