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Chat & Instant Messaging (177 programs)

  1. Messenger for Desktop

    3.1.6
    • 3.5
    • (269 votes)

    Made more accessible

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: No need to open Facebook, Facebook options are automatically imported, Same features and functions as the original Messenger, Accessible
    CONS: Limited customization options
  2. Badoo

    1.6.70
    • 3.8
    • (20 votes)

    The social network for people looking for dating and new friends

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Meet new people, Large number of users, Receive notifications, Lots of information in profiles
    CONS: Chat needs improvement, Premium features need to remove limits
  3. Slack

    3.0.2
    • 3.5
    • (16 votes)

    Productivity and style with Slack

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: All your messaging and file transfer in one place, User friendly and smart desig, Syncs with mobile devices
    CONS: Can take some time for the whole team to learn
  4. Facebook Messenger

    145.0
    • 3.3
    • (165 votes)

    Free text and video messaging tool from Facebook

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Simple interface, Stable audio and video calls, Video conferencing feature supports up to 50 participants with no time limit, Customizable chats
    CONS: No default end-to-end encryption
  5. Viber

    18.2.1
    • 3.5
    • (246 votes)

    Viber on your Mac Desktop

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Syncs chats with mobile devices, Very easy to use, Good alternative to Skype and Messages
    CONS: No video chats, No video conferencing
  6. Janetter

    3.4.3
    • 2
    • (No votes yet)

    A Twitter client for all tastes

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Easy to use, Several skins to choose from, Employs tabs, Offers an advanced search option, Ability to silence users or topics, Support
    CONS: Opens your browser to view images and videos, Doesn't offer insights or post statistics, A bit resource heavy
  7. mysms

    1.0.2
    • 2.6
    • (2 votes)

    Send text messages from your Mac

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Available on every major platform, MMS support, Syncs contacts and messages, Text other mysms users for free
    CONS: Have to trust mysms with your contacts, Not many advanced features
  8. Tweetbot

    1.3.2
    • 3.3
    • (13 votes)

    A great alternative Twitter app for OS X

    License
    Paid Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Neat interface, Mute filters function, Multiple timelines, Compact
    CONS: Preferences button inactive
  9. MenuTab Pro for Facebook

    5.0
    • 3.8
    • (2 votes)

    Quickly access Facebook in your menu bar

    License
    Paid Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Keyboard shortcut for quick access, Visual and oral notifications, Ability to chat, No ads
    CONS: Basically the mobile Facebook site
  10. MSN Messenger Patch

    3.5.1
    • 4
    • (15 votes)

    New Emoticons for MSN Messenger

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Lots of new emoticons, Adds emoticons missing from Mac version
    CONS: No developer support anymore
  11. MenuTab for Facebook

    4.1
    • 3
    • (8 votes)

    Quickly access Facebook in your menu bar

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Keyboard shortcut for quick access, Visual and aural notifications, Ability to chat
    CONS: Basically the mobile Facebook site, Ads
  12. LINE

    7.11.1
    • 3.4
    • (259 votes)

    Call friends for free on any mobile device or PC

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Call for free to any mobile device or PC, Supports short audio and video messages, More flexible than FaceTime
    CONS: No video calling yet, Too many useless emoticons
  13. Messages

    8.0
    • 2.7
    • (329 votes)

    Apple's official chat client for OS X

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Better integration with iOS, Unlimited Messages to iOS devices, Integrated with Facetime, Supports AIM, Google Talk and Jabber
    CONS: Removes iChat completely, Mainly benefits those with iOS devices
  14. Yahoo! Messenger

    3.0.2.235554
    • 3.4
    • (38 votes)

    A free program for Mac, by messenger.

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
  15. QQ for Mac

    1.1
    • 3.1
    • (81 votes)

    Complete IM client with cute design and great features

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Clear, nicely designed interface, Lots of customization options, Support for text, voice and video chats, Usual IM features: smileys, nudges, file sharing..., Extra tools like remote control, screen capture and video recording
    CONS: Sometimes adding contacts is difficult, You can't download new interface themes, Number ID for contacts: not very user-friendly!, No video chat feature
  16. Nimbuzz

    1.7.0
    • 3.4
    • (16 votes)

    Instant messaging client for MSN, Google Talk, ICQ etc

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Works with most chat protocols, VoIP function, Easy to setup and use, Uses minimal resources
    CONS: Doesn't support all protocols
  17. Desktop Facebook

    1.2
    • 3.1
    • (39 votes)

    Access Facebook directly on your Mac desktop

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Integrates Facebook into your Mac desktop, Logs on automatically, Very discreet
    CONS: Dock icon doesn't do anything, Few configuration options
  18. Jitsi

    2.10
    • 2.2
    • (61 votes)

    Free messenger client supporting audio and video chats

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Supports a wide range of IM protocols, Supports audio and video chats, Simple to setup and use
    CONS: Beta version may be unstable
  19. Adium

    1.5.10.4
    • 4.2
    • (299 votes)

    Alternative instant messaging

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Connect to any IM service, Highly customizable, OTR messaging, Twitter integration
    CONS: No video or voice yet, File transfer is a little flaky
  20. Express Talk

    4.36
    • 2.9
    • (1 vote)

    Virtual telephone compatible with most VOIP services

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Adds more options to normal VOIP calls, Allows business users to turn VOIP services into conferencing apps, Supports up to six seperate lines
    CONS: Call transfers and conferencing limted to business version

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