Connect Your IM Accounts with one Multi-Protocol IM

Chat with Multiple IM Accounts on Multi-Protocol IMs

While single-protocol IM clients offer limited access to a single service, the possibilities are much wider with the multi-protocol IMs covered here.

As the name implies, multi-protocol IM clients allow users to connect many of your different IM accounts using a single chat client. The end result is a more efficient and centralized IM experience with multi-protocol IMs than using several IM clients at once.

Looking for a great multi-protocol IM? Check out the amazing messengers below:


For Mac users, Adium is almost the unanimous choice for multi-protocol IM access on Mac desktops and laptops. Adium's clean interface and design, and its efficient functionality make it the go-to IM client for Mac users.


One of the most popular multi-protocol IMs, Digsby is available on for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Digsby is more than just a multi-protocol IM; it connects its users to not only IM services, but also social networks and email.

Miranda IM

Simple in design and easy-to-use, Miranda IM is a compact multi-protocol IM client offering support for AIM, Gadu-Gadu, ICQ, Jabber and more without the bells and whistles. A great IM client for users who only need IM capabilities. Released under the GNU GPL license.


Billed as "the world's best instant messenger," Nimbuzz is bold but simple in design and use. Nimbuzz is a popular multi-protocol IM client and VoIP/PC-to-Phone application offering users with access to a number of popular IM services, in addition to Facebook and Twitter. Also available for Mac.


Nearly flawless and dare I say fun to use, Pidgin is another simple multi-protocol IM client released under the GNU GPL license. With dozens of plug-ins available, users can personalize their IM as they see fit with Pidgin. Amazingly simple!


One of the first multi-protocol IM clients, Trillian is still one of the best IMs in the industry. With the new Trillian Astra, users can connect with friends across IM clients, social networks and more. Check out Trillian Astra for a colorful, almost perfect IM experience.