1.4 beta, 1.3.4 release

I am very pleased to announce the availability of Adium 1.3.4, our latest stable release. This features mostly improvements to the core: an updated libpurple, and an updated Facebook chat plugin. This is a highly-recommended upgrade, as it fixes an issue where Facebook would connect to the server too fast, utilizing too much bandwidth. 1.3.4 is likely going to be our final release for 10.4 users.

Along with our release of 1.3.4, I’m terribly eager to announce the first of our series of betas for Adium 1.4, which features two new protocols, IRC and Twitter, as well as a ridiculously long list of improvements, including the latest and greatest in the world of libpurple. 1.4 requires 10.5, so sorry Tiger users. :(

From support for contacts in multiple groups, to an all-new authorizations window (which pulls together all authorization requests into one window), and more changes than you can think of, this is definitely an excellent release. Give it a shot, report any bugs, and enjoy your newfound pleasures!

If you’re looking for a group chat message style, since you can now set it independently of normal chats, feel free to check out my favorite, yMous. yMous has all the bells and whistles, and even includes topic support for Jabber and IRC chats.

We’re always looking for talented help to improve our code with us! See how you can help. Patches always welcome!

A big thanks to our host Network Redux, who recently moved us over to an even better hardware setup and our CDN provider CacheFly whose download speeds are blowing our mind.

89 Responses to “1.4 beta, 1.3.4 release”

  1. Andrew Says:

    I just upgraded to Adium 1.4b1 and it crashes right after start! Fortunately the old version was in the trash so I was able to restore it. I tried update it once more and it crashes again. Tell me if I can help you with solution.
    By Andrew

    btw: thanks for this cool IM :) to all of you

  2. Leslie Says:

    Upgraded to 1.4b1, everything is working fine so far. ^_^ Keep up the awesome work.

    *Continues to hope for custom emotes feature*

  3. Christian A. Strømmen Says:

    Just upgraded here. Anybody know how I open up the timeline (Twitter) manually without having to wait for a new tweet?

  4. Zac West Says:

    Is it not appearing in your contact list?

  5. Christian A. Strømmen Says:

    Nevermind, found it here. :) Now I only need a way to create a shortcut for either opening the timeline or making a new tweet.

  6. Tek Says:

    WOW!!! I’m using beta updates and have been updated to 1.4b1 and all I wanted to say was WOW!
    Reading through the changelog noted LOTS of brilliant new changes… IRC!!!
    Oh and I have the following Adium Xtra Plugins and it works fine so far (no crashes):

    LaTeX Plugin

    SortByLogSizePlugin has been disabled, because it stopped working, but hopefully it’ll be updated to work soon…

    Thanks for all the brilliant features (especially IRC!!! WORKS BRILLIANTLY!!! For me, this is the most convenient IRC implementation ever, saving me from starting Colloquy) and please, please continue to work on such brilliant releases!!!


    ( -> TekMaster)

  7. The-RockeR Says:

    I might be blind, but I don’t see where to send a Tweet :(

  8. Patrik Wallström Says:

    My 1.4beta also crashed on start. Using OS X 10.5.7. Reverting to 1.3…

  9. Joe Says:

    After updating I can’t log in to MSN. It gets stuck on “Retrieving buddy list 100%”.

  10. enrico Says:

    upgraded today, but experiencing some problems, i’m using adium only for msn, but with the update i’m not able to write to my friends…
    i can write only one time, then i have to close the chat window, reopen and write again… is bit annoyng, i think i’ll revert to 1.3

  11. enrico Says:

    i forgot to write i use macosX 10.5.7

  12. NiLok Says:

    everything seems to be working fine (10.5.7), but there’s a lot of things which haven’t been translated into polish. previous beta versions were completely translated, but the newest build isn’t. hope it’s just a matter of time, when you’ll release fully localised Adium 1.4 :) and btw: great job with the best IM for Macs.

  13. Mats Says:

    Using the beta now, works like a charm even though I don’t know how to get the Twitter timeline to show up. :)

  14. Ben Says:

    hey i just updatet too, an now every time when i try to add a new contact, i enter the email an after pushing the sending buttom adium chrashed !!!!!!!! i’am using leopard 10.5.7 an msn client !!! any idee for help ????

  15. Kathie Says:

    Just upgraded and am having issues.

    Folks see me as not connected, none of my IMs sending are going through. :(

    Have to force quit the client as it won’t close out normally.

    Am a sad panda.

  16. evripidis Says:

    If you want to see the Timeline of twitter, after the setup of your account, restart Adium. The Timeline will pop up. You have to do this only once!

  17. Fabricio Zuardi Says:

    Twitter integration looks really cool, one request though: it would be great if the user have an option to choose to show up *all* updates from the people he follows on the timeline, since Twitter now hides replies for other people and will most likely not #fixreplies ever :(

  18. Jamey Says:

    How do we send tweets? I feel retarded….

  19. Brian Puccio Says:

    That works, evripidis, but if you close it, how do you get it back unless you close Adium and reopen it again?

  20. Weasler Says:

    I hate to sound stupid, but I am having a hard time trying to figure out how to connect to my IRC Room…

  21. Weasler Says:

    Never-mind mates, finally got it :)

  22. Steve Says:

    I have IRC working, and have it auto joining a room. However, it always connects to the channel first. Is it possible to bypass the channel loading, and load ONLY the room?

  23. evripidis Says:

    It will be there like a group called Bookmarks with one contact in it called “Timeline”

  24. Michael 'Mickey' Sattler Says:

    “Adium is not allowed to access your account”, despite several authorizations. I’m presuming it’s because something is swamped with new folks, but FYI…

  25. jake Says:

    so for people that cant find the timeline for twitter, try setting up twitter and everything and then relaunching Adium, seemed to work for me… also you can get rid of that list of everyone you are following in the preferences < accounts < double click on your twitter account < Options < uncheck display option. :) love the new release, keep it up guys!! all thats left is video chat on my list, until i shut ichat down forever!

  26. Eric Says:

    If I close the Twitter timeline window, how do I get it back without restarting Adium? Or can I just click on something to bring up a new tweet window without leaving the time line open?

    This might be good for receiving tweets, but for sending I think I will stick with keepling in my buddy list.

  27. Rob Snow Says:

    Too many bugs!
    My contacts keep appearing in new “Other Contacts” lists and some services can’t receive buddies lists, etc.
    Hope they get resolved soon.


  28. Zac West Says:

    You only need to restart once; it not displaying initially is a bug in beta 1 that will be fixed for beta 2.

    OAuth problems are likely Twitter server issues.

  29. sphred5 Says:

    If you control click the timeline you can add it as a bookmark and pull it up.

  30. The Winternet Says:

    It is quite annoying that more and more projects move to Leopard and/or Intel only. There is still millions of old PowerPC hardware and well running Panther and Tiger systems out there.

  31. VegardH Says:

    Any way to make normal IRC sends go to “Message received (Group chat)” instead of normal “Message received” in terms of notitfications? Great release still.

  32. ryosaeba87 Says:

    This version of Adium is very Great ! ! ! Thanks Thanks and more Thanks

    but . . . will incorporate the XDCC protocol ?

  33. Nick Says:

    This crashes like every 30 minutes… I can’t tell what is going on—I’m not doing anything different. I’m on 10.5.7 and my status is usually set to away.

  34. Aaron Says:

    I installed 1.3.4 and now the TwitterIM plugin doesn’t work. If not through this plugin, how are people using Twitter through Adium? If with the TwitterIM plugin, on my 1.3.4 install, twitter does not show up in either the ‘add account’ services pop out menu or as active in my contact list. I have downloaded 1.3.3 again, renamed it and launched it to discover the TwitterIM plugin working fine along with seeing my twitter timeline. I’m running 10.5.6.

  35. Dave Says:

    I installed the new update 1.4b1 I am having an issue with the twitter plug in, when I add it and log into my twitter account successfully and save it – it shows offline – Error: Adium isn’t allowed access to your account. Have four different twitter accounts I have tried each one and get the same message. What I’m I doing wrong? I noticed that other people are getting it to work.

  36. Jennifer Says:

    Hmmm. thought I put up this comment yesterday, but don’t see it. Anyway, updated to 1.4b1 yesterday and it’s really super, thanks. One question, i can’t seem to get the growl notifications to work for new messages or for the updates in my twitter timeline. Any ideas?


  37. Miles Says:

    I get a error, “not supported on this architecture” using 10.5.7 on a Macbook pro (2.2GHz Intel with 4GB ram) on launch with the 1.4.1 beta.

  38. Anton Says:

    The problem I have each time I’m switching from a stable to a beta and the other way round is that after switching all my transcripts that were recorded during using the stable are gone, only the ones from using a beta are there. they come back when im switching back to a stable but then the transcripts of the beta are gone. thats very unfortunate cos i cant use the betas :(

  39. Jose Says:

    I updated to beta, working on Mac OS 10.5.7 and I am unable to log to MSN. I went back to 1.3.4 and still not able to log in to MSN.
    No idea what the problem is…. wondering … any ideas?

  40. x Says:

    if you don’t support tiger then you lost a user of adium

  41. SHRIKEE Says:

    The twitter implementation is plain annoying. I don’t like it much, the followers in the contact list and their status as their tweets… Doesn’t compute for me.

    The IRC implementation while a great addition still needs some patching up. I like it A LOT though. But here some tips:
    - Allow us to disable sounds for (say incoming / outgoing message sounds) for IRC
    - Allow some basic commands like /join and such.
    - A console interface/tab per server (or where is it?)
    - Allow an option to send CTCP/NOTICE and NICKSERV messages to said console
    - Upon connecting to a new server the console should open by default indicating its connected and allow us to run /join things or whatever from there to get started. It took me a few minutes to figure out i have to predefine the channels in the IRC options pane.

    Meanwhile, this IRC implementation is a great start!!

  42. SHRIKEE Says:

    Also, all connections in Adium seem to be dropped every 10-15 minutes with the new libpurple engine… :( I’m sure you’re aware of this.

  43. David Smith Says:

    x: actually we’re losing about 100,000 users, not 1. The majority of our users get a bunch of new stuff though.

    SHRIKEE: You can customize the sounds for groupchats (includes irc channels) independently of regular chats. /join is supported. There isn’t a console currently, please file a ticket requesting it. Nickserv stuff should be handled mostly automatically in the current version. You join channels via the normal Adium groupchat UI; file menu > join group chat. You can then bookmark them and doubleclick to join.

  44. Andrés Says:

    i have adium 1.3.4 and when i add a new friend to my Msn Messenger… this disconnect inmediatly…

  45. jdg Says:

    Is it possible to support irc bouncers? I cannot set the password to the bouncer even if i set the /quote command in the “execute commands on connect” window.

  46. jake Says:

    well turns out that if you try and make a Zypher account Adium crashes and is impossible to start up again. So I am now unable to use adium at all. Please try and fix this bug asap. As I cannot use the program anymore. I am locked out completely.

  47. Jonas Says:

    Beta Crashed on start, macbook 2.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, OS 10.5.7.

  48. chaurjyh Says:

    It is confirmed, adium 1.3.4 and 10.5.7 will cause crashes when u add contacts….. hope this bug can be resolved asap…

  49. jazzimus Says:

    Superb! working perfectly…. now i have to figure a way to add the #TWIT Army ;-)

  50. artbum Says:

    Regarding Twitter capability.

    In the Timeline window (accessible through the Bookmarks menu in the contacts list) How do we show ALL tweets that have already been posted? Mine just has the last 2 since I logged on.

    Also, if double-clicking a user in the Contacts list = direct messaging, are we able to DM people that aren’t following us? (i thought u could only DM peeps who are following you)
    Therefore, FEATURE REQUEST:
    1. A way to differentiate who is following you vs only you following them.
    2. Time/Date stamp for the tweets in the Get Info box of a user.
    3. When we have many chat windows open, the green talk bubble in the tabs at the bottom should perhaps be Twitter-blue so we quickly know if that window is IM or Twitter.

  51. Matt Says:

    I have been unable to log into Trac for two days now, in either Safari (3 or 4 public beta) or Firefox 3.0.10. Upon entering my login credentials, I get a redirect loop from to , which redirects back to , and after repeating this 5-10 times, all browsers give up.

    Once this happens, I can’t even get to the plain page without deleting all cookies for the domain first.

    It’s the kind of bug I’d report, if I could log into Trac. I have more information on a ticket I recently opened and can barely view it, much less add the new information.

  52. SHRIKEE Says:

    David Smith,

    Thanks for your tips, i missed the link between IRC and group chat… *doh*
    What i meant with NICKSERV which works fine as it is. Is that when NICKSERV talks to me, say to confirm i logged in on my registered nick, it opens a chat with me. Most clients allow the user to direct those things to the console which is more convenient i think.

    Is anyone else having trouble with the Gtalk certificate thing? Everytime i start Adium i have to “approve” its certificate because of a domain name mismatch.

  53. matt beck Says:

    Yep, MSN is broken for me after updating as well.

    OSX 10.4.11

    It just gets stuck while handshaking.

    Under accounts it says ‘handshaking 38%’ and the status is stuck on connecting. It will give up and switch to reconnecting after a while, but then it immediately spins up to 38% again and gets stuck.

  54. LJ Says:

    Upgraded my adium and now unable to connect to facebook. Adium seems to get stuck in a loop where it connects just long enough to show the contact list, and then immediately disconnects. It will keep doing this pretty much continually or until I stop it manually.

  55. LJ Says:

    Upgraded my adium and now unable to connect to facebook. Adium seems to get stuck in a loop where it connects just long enough to show the contact list, and then immediately disconnects. It will keep doing this pretty much continually or until I stop it manually. mac 0s 10.4.11 (sorry, forgot to add that)

  56. Justin Says:

    Trying to get get a Growl notification for each new Tweet that comes in, but they’re not coming up…Is there a way to disable getting the Timeline completely and set it to JUST Growl notifications, every time a new Tweet shows up? Using MacOSX 10.5.7.

  57. Adric Net Says:

    Hi folks,

    beta is running okay here on 10.5.6, but the latest one seems to have captured my f11 key, which I use for Spaces. Can someone show me where to configure this? In Adium f11 now opens a search bubble above contact list …


  58. aquilasfx Says:

    i use OS 10.5.7, and with 1.3.4 table, 1.4b3, 1.4b4 crash on login.. always…any solution?

  59. bong Says:

    me too, stuck on “Retrieving buddy list 100%”, this is happening on both 1.3.4 & 1.4b4, I am using 10.5.7, mac mini

  60. JohnBoy Says:

    Hi all,

    Still lovin Adium! I was wondering if you all had any plans to utilize something like SIPE at some point? Its still buggy in the other client it was designed for, but it would be great to get the added functionality. Here’s a link to the project site:


  61. corey Says:

    Yep, crashes as soon as I start it.

    Here is the apple crash report

    Process: Adium [17500]
    Path: /Applications/
    Identifier: com.adiumX.adiumX
    Version: ??? (???)
    Code Type: X86 (Native)
    Parent Process: launchd [111]

    Interval Since Last Report: 363943 sec
    Crashes Since Last Report: 10
    Per-App Interval Since Last Report: 0 sec
    Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 4

    Date/Time: 2009-05-27 14:13:36.408 -0400
    OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5.7 (9J61)
    Report Version: 6
    Anonymous UUID: F1042475-0D4F-4D8A-947B-1FC66A3CA3DF

    Exception Type: EXC_BREAKPOINT (SIGTRAP)
    Exception Codes: 0×0000000000000002, 0×0000000000000000
    Crashed Thread: 0

    Dyld Error Message:
    Library not loaded: @executable_path/../Frameworks/FriBidi.framework/Versions/A/FriBidi
    Referenced from: /Applications/
    Reason: image not found

  62. Salman Says:

    It crashes on adding contacts for me as well.

  63. Cori Says:

    This version keeps saying that my friends are canceling the file transfers when any yahoo contact tries to send me a file. :(

    Any help would be appreciated

  64. Camp Says:

    As someone who has used many different IRC clients for the past decade, I have to say, “Wow.” I know that it is in its very early stages of life, but IRC on 1.4b1 is unusable/pointless. You should at least be able to use /COMMANDS.

  65. Camp Says:

    By the way, why are there always morons posting bugs in the announcement posts instead of in the bug tracker?

  66. Cori Says:

    We’re not morons, I was unaware of where to post bugs. And since the community seemed so friendly, I thought someone might help. I didn’t mean to violate procedure.

  67. Ricardo Says:


    After updating I cannot connect to either my gtalk nor to my msn account. Is this only happening to me?



  68. Matheus Says:

    New version, sux a lot. I dont know how they can launch a new version without at least testing it.

  69. wXR Says:

    What is the particular reason that 10.5 is now required?

  70. wXR Says:

    Pretty please, can you guys make another 1.3 release that fixes MSN connectivity (as mentioned above) before dropping 10.4 support?

  71. David Smith Says:

    wXR: Huge swaths of code were rewritten in simpler/faster/more modern ways that don’t work on 10.4. Sorry :(

    That said, if the MSN issue turns out to not just be a temporary server issue, we will almost certainly do a 1.3.5 release to fix it.

  72. McAddress Says:

    Beta crashes on start every time. :-(

    Process: Adium [409]
    Path: /Applications/
    Identifier: com.adiumX.adiumX
    Version: ??? (???)
    Code Type: X86 (Native)
    Parent Process: launchd [65]

    Interval Since Last Report: 686 sec
    Crashes Since Last Report: 1
    Per-App Interval Since Last Report: 0 sec
    Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 1

    Date/Time: 2009-05-30 20:56:43.234 -0300
    OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5.7 (9J61)
    Report Version: 6
    Anonymous UUID: 77F4ADD9-8927-4E2B-9887-5DFC8B2A3A9D

    Exception Type: EXC_BREAKPOINT (SIGTRAP)
    Exception Codes: 0×0000000000000002, 0×0000000000000000
    Crashed Thread: 0

    Dyld Error Message:
    Library not loaded: @rpath/AIUtilities.framework/Versions/A/AIUtilities
    Referenced from: /Applications/
    Reason: image not found

    Model: MacBook2,1, BootROM MB21.00A5.B07, 2 processors, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GHz, 2 GB
    Graphics: kHW_IntelGMA950Item, GMA 950, spdisplays_builtin, spdisplays_integrated_vram
    Memory Module: global_name
    AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x168C, 0×87),
    Bluetooth: Version 2.1.6f8, 2 service, 0 devices, 1 incoming serial ports
    Network Service: Ethernet, Ethernet, en0
    Network Service: Parallels Host-Guest, Ethernet, en2
    Network Service: Parallels NAT, Ethernet, en3
    Serial ATA Device: FUJITSU MHW2080BHPL, 74.53 GB
    Parallel ATA Device: MATSHITACD-RW CW-8221
    USB Device: Built-in iSight, (null) mA
    USB Device: Optical USB Mouse, (null) mA
    USB Device: composite_device, (null) mA
    USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad, (null) mA
    USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, (null) mA
    USB Device: IR Receiver, (null) mA

  73. McAddress Says:

    1.4b5 has fixed the crash on start for me! :-) (I ran the previous version that was still in the trash and then upgraded to 1.4b5)

  74. wXR Says:

    David: Great. One other request is to make sure that the auto-updater doesn’t try to update me to 1.4 if I’m still on 10.4 :D


  75. AzteKpr1de Says:

    It’s not working for me; I have a Mac OS X version 10.5.7. Intel. For some reason when I add someone, like 5 seconds later the contact disappears (I just made a new Windows Live account and I’m adding all the contacts I have on my other account to the new one, every contact I have is @hotmail or @live).

    And also, you know the little duck on the top of the screen, how do you call it, hmm… menu bar, the duck on the menu bar, well I press it and then it pups-up a menu: the first option is “Contact List…” the second is “Options >”. When I press “Contact List…” the Adium screen disappears ( By screen I mean the little box where all the contacts are suppose to be), but the application is still running.

    I don’t know, maybe just need to them to reply the request, but I’m just letting you know just in case.

  76. wXR Says:

    How many total users does Adium have anyway? If you know that there are approx. 100,000 10.4 users, I’d be curious to know how many 10.5 Adium users there are.

  77. David Smith Says:

    wXR: around a million is my best guess. It’s a little hard to tell for sure.

    The autoupdater should already be OS-version aware. If not, please file a bug.

  78. Petra Hall Says:

    Is it just me, or does MSN have problems? 2nd day it won’t connect (using 3.1.4 on Mac OS X 10.5.7)

  79. Howie Says:

    Sorry to disturbing. How to take off searching bar on contact list? I cannot type into chat box.

  80. enrico Says:

    noone experiencing the problem i have?
    the problem is: when i write a message i can send it, but it remains written in the writing box, i can delete it but i can’t send another message unless i close the chat window and reopen it,
    had this problem with all the 6 beta releases, any suggestion?

  81. McAddress Says:

    Well, not working after all. 1.4b5 did not crash on start, it logs on to msn, gtalk, yahoo and facebook, but I don’t receive any messages and NOTHING happens when I double click on a contact to start to chat!
    Same happens on 1.4b6. Had to revert to non beta version. :-(

  82. fdw004 Says:

    Hey I keep getting an error message when I try to add my twitter account to adium. can anybody help

  83. fdw004 Says:

    email me if you can with my problem.

  84. JamieB Says:

    I’m having the same problem with 1.4b6, It won’t let me setup my account..

  85. Illmatic-killer Says:

    Error: Adium isn’t allowed access to your account.
    Asks to allow access, once i do twitter gives me a password, then when i click ive allows access i get the above error msg. Please Fix.

  86. Scot Gardner Says:

    Twitter is now requiring authorization to connect, and gives you a pin number to enter into the application, which Adium at the moment does not support, I am sure by the end of today there will be an update to Adium to resolve this latest change to the twiterverse.

  87. Kym Says:

    New Adium beta crashes for me…

    a) when I log in
    b) whenever someone IMs me.

    It’s upsetting.

  88. Freezer Says:

    Please fix the Twitter issue…implementation was so great and now it won’t work anymore :(
    thx already :)

  89. gansen Says:

    This program under MacOS only?