Carrier (software) - Features - Supported Protocols

Supported Protocols

The following protocols are officially supported by libpurple 2.9.0, without any extensions or plugins:

  • Bonjour (Apple's implementation of Zeroconf)
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • IRC
  • Lotus Sametime
  • MySpaceIM
  • MXit
  • MSNP (Microsoft Messenger service as used by Windows Live Messenger AKA MSN Messenger; no multimedia support)
  • Novell GroupWise
  • OSCAR (AIM/ICQ/MobileMe)
  • SIP/SIMPLE
  • SILC
  • XMPP/Jingle (Google Talk, LJ Talk, Gizmo5, Facebook Chat, ...)
  • YMSG (YIM only basic chat and file transfers)
  • Zephyr

Some XMPP servers provide transports, which allow users to access networks using non-XMPP protocols without having to install plugins or additional software. Pidgin's support for XMPP means that these transports can be used to communicate via otherwise unsupported protocols, including not only instant messaging protocols, but also protocols such as SMS or E-mail.

Additional protocols, supported by third-party plugins, include Microsoft OCS/LCS (extended SIP/SIMPLE), QQ, Skype, and the Xfire gaming network (requires the Gfire plugin).

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