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Miranda IM – Free Open Source Instant Messenger Client

by Johnny Karp 28 July 2009 One Comment

Features Overview

  • Supports multiple IM protocols (AIM, IRC, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Netsend and more)
  • Over 350 plugins can be added to extend its functionality
  • Very light on system resources and very fast.
  • Has a portable version that requires no installation.


Miranda IM is a fast and lightweight open source Instant Messenger client. It supports various protocols and it’s fairly easy to use and configure. I am using Digsby and Skype to stay in touch with my friends and partners from my home computer but unfortunately I can’t use those on my PC at the office because I can’t install software on that computer. That’s why I chose to test Miranda IM, it has a portable version 😉 After downloading the program you have to set up your accounts for the protocols that you prefer. It’s quite easy, you should be able to complete the configuration in a few minutes.

miranda im screenshot 1

Once you have set up the program you can talk to your friends, nothing complicated there. In fact, Miranda IM might shock you with its simplicity. It doesn’t even support emoticons, you can’t send files to your friends, nothing, just chat.

miranda im screenshot 2

The program is very light indeed, it took only 8 MB of memory on my PC and that’s quite low by any standards. The good thing is that you can customize the program to suit your taste and needs, there are hundreds of plugins and addons that you can install.

Version Tested



Miranda IM Team

Operating System

Windows All

Download link


Open source and customizable.

Fast and lightweight.

minus Maybe a bit more features would have been nice, at least some emoticons.




It’s quite obvious that I won’t trade Digsby for Miranda IM, I would miss the features too much. On the other hand Miranda IM is perfect for my computer at the office, it is very light and it has a portable version. For a low end computer I would definitely recommend Miranda IM, as you wouldn’t want your IM client to be too heavy on your system resources. And last but not least, it’s open source, which means that there’s a very good chance of seeing it develop nicely in the future.

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One Comment »

  • john smith said:

    for all windows operating system. support windows 64bit?

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