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Portable Adium is the multiprotocol Adium instant messaging client that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more, packaged as portable application so you can carry around with you on any portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive, memory card, other portable device (also on your internal hard disk) as long as it has 50 MB of free space and use on any Mac OS X computer, taking your conctact list,emoticons, message stiles, plugins, scripts, sound and users with you.
  • Drag "Portable Adium" folder to your portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, more...

What's New

Version 1.3.2r4.0:
  • Adium updated to 1.3.2


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Fredducker Member IconComment+43

I don't understand why developers over at Adium spend time working on this kind of thing while the "normal" version of Adium still doesn't support webcam! I don't think there should be anything else on their minds right now... Not having a decent, multi-protocol (MSN, AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo, ICQ, Live, Gtalk, MySpace...) program on mac that also supports webcams is the only thing what makes me feel limited today as a mac owner. Besides, getting portable versions of apps isn't exactly something I long for all day or have any use for. I'm sorry if this comment hurts someone's feelings, or if I come out as annoying, but that's how I feel.

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Version 1.3r4.0

My understanding of the development of this app is that the Adium crew have nothing more to do with it than providing the source code for anyone to use.

In this case, these folks have put it to their use:



You can have a look at their development roadmap here http://trac.adiumx.com/roadmap and suit yourself.

If you don't agree with their milestones dates you are welcome to code with them.


The X Member IconComment+9
The X

GGore: That's your mac behaving, not the software. It may be that you need to do a repair permissions (google it)

SIXTYK: I believe the only thing involved, is changing the location for saving your profile from ~/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0 to //[insert portable device]/Adium.

By just copying or zipping and copying Adium, you would only be able to open the program, and would lose chat history, scripts, etc. This is the reason. It is not just about being able to copy it from one computer to another. In that case it is a lot easier to just copy the software.

I believe this is the reason, but I haven't even tried the software.

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Version 1.0.1r4.0
SixtyK Member IconComment+19

This is an honest question and not an attempt to badmouth. I am sorry if it appears otherwise.

I guess I am just curious as to what is involved in making these applications "portable." Many of these portable programs have been posted by the same developer but not the developer(s) who actually created Adium, Firefox, etc.

I understand that the source code for most of these programs are publicly available under Open Source. I'm not accusing the developer(s) of any sort of infringement.

I simply wish to understand what is involved in making these programs portable. Are files packaged differently? Are there changes to the programming itself?

As I said, I'm just curious.

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Version 0.88r2.1
Freesmug (Developer)

Porable apps were inspired by http://portableapps.com/ (win only).
All infos about OS X Portable app at http://www.freesmug.org/portableapps
I think you can find there most answers to your questions.
All apps relased are under GNU license and are unmodified binaries dowloaded form dev sites. Most developers are informed, and some of them collaborate to the poroject.
What make them portable is a script that open the app form external drive using a profile folder in the same external drive.
Please refer to Portable apps support forum:
no registration required.

ggore Member IconComment+3

It won't let me copy the folder to my USB thumbdrive, says "one or more items can't be copied". Maybe not quite ready for primetime.

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Version 0.88r1

Is your USB flash drive formatted in an Mac HFS+ format? I get that alert everytime I try to copy folders/apps to a DOS Exchange formatted drive... camera cards, LaCie formatted Porche drives, etc.


No, it isn't. I have Portable Firefox on the thumb drive already and it works just fine. I didn't know the drive had to be formatted with HFS. If it does I will pass, as I use this drive back & forth between Windows machines and my Mac at work/home.

Freesmug (Developer)

Try with HFS+ (Mac OS extended), there are probably some files in Adium app package that can't be copied on HFS format.


You were right, after checking the writer's site I formatted the drive to HFS+ and it installed. Thanks.

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Downloads 10,673
Version Downloads 2,366
Type Internet / Chat
License Free
Date 14 Feb 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free