Ben Laurie blathering

Alternatives to Adium?

When I’m at home, I tend to use Pidgin for IM. When travelling, I generally use Adium. But Adium is driving me nuts: basically it is fantastically unstable. Empirically this appears to be related to the number of contacts, of which I have many (i.e. reducing the number makes it less crashy).

So … what can I use on MacOS that’s less crap than Adium but still supports OTR?


  1. I regularly have over 1200px online from the menu bar, and mines stable, maybe there’s some configuration or library issue?

    Comment by raggi — 15 Jul 2010 @ 19:53

  2. Psi.

    Comment by M Seaman — 15 Jul 2010 @ 21:20

  3. Pidgin in X.

    I never got otrproxy to build, and it’s a pain anyway. On the other hand, I found that Adium’s Aim and Jabber support were fine—it was only the odder plugins that crashed it.

    Comment by Brian Sniffen — 17 Jul 2010 @ 16:22

  4. bitlbee + irssi + irssi-otr + screen.

    Comment by Fred Concklin — 29 Jul 2010 @ 10:23

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