Projects / Instantbird


Instantbird is a multi-protocol instant messaging client. Using it, you can connect to all your different IM accounts. It uses the Mozilla rendering engine to display messages, and uses the Pidgin libpurple to connect to the different networks.


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  •  17 Nov 2012 12:23

Release Notes: For IRC, long messages will now be sent in multiple parts, and more authentication methods are supported when connecting e.g. to Freenode. In Twitter, replying to a tweet now replies to all users, just like on the Twitter Web site. A user’s nicknames are now highlighted when mentioned in a chat. Two new social networks were added: Odnoklassniki and VKontakte. Various connection issues with Twitter and XMPP-based networks were fixed. Accessibility was improved.

  •  09 Aug 2012 23:13

Release Notes: This release has many improvements. It now supports the Bonjour protocol and has fully rewritten and extensible implementations of IRC, Facebook Chat, and Google Talk. Passwords are now encrypted for security (and can be protected by a master password). Some great enhancements have been made to multi-user chats: tab complete has been made much smarter (hopefully you won’t even notice it anymore), and only the participants who are active are colored in the participants list.

  •  18 Oct 2011 23:52

    Release Notes: Stability fixes, dramatic reduction of resource consumption in some cases, and cool features making Twitter and IRC much more usable: a context menu to retweet, reply to a tweet (or simply double click on the tweet to start a reply), or (un)follow the author of the tweet; tab completion of usernames (Twitter) or nicknames (IRC); and conversations can now be put on hold: close tabs without leaving the conversation, and reopen it from the Contacts window. This is exceptionally useful for IRC users idling in many channels.

    •  28 Jun 2011 20:50

    Release Notes: After years of hard work, Instantbird has finally reached the 1.0 version and is ready to be put in everybody's hands. This version is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux and is released in 11 locales. Compared to the previous major version, this release brings in a dramatically improved handling of contacts, better system integration, Twitter support, and hundreds of improvements throughout the application.

    •  13 Jun 2011 21:46

      Release Notes: This beta brings significant appearance changes with user icons, an updated tab style, the improved default message theme, Aero glass effects on Windows, and more new features. This release, the first localized preview, is already available in 10 locales (Czech, German, English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Slovak, and Ukrainian).


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