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Fire is a free Instant Messaging Client for Mac OS X which supports all of the most popular Instant Messaging services in one easy-to-use application:

  • AIM
  • ICQ
  • irc
  • Jabber
  • MSN
  • Yahoo! Messenger

What's New

Version 1.5.6:
  • Crash when Fire is speaking a message
  • Dragging Tabs & Groups works correctly
  • Automatic Translation speedup
  • Buddy Text Encodings are saved for irc and ICQ conversations
  • Spotlight can now search past conversations (10.4 only)


Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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southpawami Member IconComment+29

Fire rocked. It may be dead, it's true. It still rocked.

There were some odd things about fire... like how you opened up a chatroom with a name in Yahoo, and how even if anyone used the same name to create a chatroom in Yahoo Chat, you'd never see their posts and they wouldn't see your posts. You had to invite them to the chat. No other chat program on Mac could do that with yahoo chat rooms. Maybe it was a bug, but it sure was nice.

Of course, Yahoo chat is isn't the same these days, and Adium is more directed towards easily making encrypted communication than they were prior to the Fire project dying, but still, it was a nice program.

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Version 1.5.6
phattyboombatty Member IconComment+0

Fire is crashing on Leopard 10.5.0 after password is entered in any account. Fire attempts to connect, a spinning beach ball follows, and then the app quits unexpectedly. This is on the PPC build of Leopard

Any chance of getting a version update? :)

Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000001, 0x000000008fe0105c
Crashed Thread: 0

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Version 1.5.6
MacUpdate-Lon (developer)

No chance at all, development on the project has ceased. Sorry.

patddfan1 Member IconComment+0

Fire is the best IM program on the planet! I hope someone will take over Fire because adium will never be as great as fire has been since 2004! we will miss fire, and are deeply saddened that it had to leave so abruptly!

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Version 1.5.6
WCityMike Member IconComment+148

Fire is officially dead (I'm not on the team, just reposting it here):

"We are saddened to announce that there will be no future versions of Fire. There are several reasons for this end, but the most notable is the loss of developers. Fire's development had dwindled to few developers who do not wish to continue the project alone. In addition, another major contributing factor is the fact that all but one of Fire's IM libraries is no longer in active development.

"The good news is that two of Fire's developers have joined the Adium team and have written a transition path. Adium 1.0, upon first launch, will import your Fire accounts, away messages, groups, buddies, and logs into Adium. For future updates and IM needs, we suggest that you look at Adium.

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Version 1.5.6
Moebian73 Member IconComment+0

It's the best IM app on the Mac. It needs an update though. I, for one, would LOVE IT, if FIRE did everything AIM, YAHOO, & MSN can, as far as talk support, webcam support, and game support go. Because the AIM, YAHOO & MSN IM apps Mac have now aren't even updated to the latest versions and Yahoo IM has mediocre webcam support, but that's it. It would be cool to correspond with PC users through IMs & talk or play games, like Tic Tac Toe on Yahoo IM, & webcam all in one app. Just a suggestion.

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Version 1.5.6
simichavel Member IconComment+7

I have never been successful at receiving or transferring files through Fire. Any CW about this out there?

OS 10.4.8 / MBP

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Version 1.5.6
simichavel Member IconComment+7

A menubar item with a drop down list of users, instead of having an open window, would be a nice (and basic, IMO) addition.

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Version 1.5.6
Instant Runoff Member IconReview+0
Instant Runoff

The following reasons are why I switched to Fire from Adium (i.e., these are advantages _over_ Adium):

1) Fire has commands for Connect to All [Protocols] and Disconnect from All

2) Fire can automatically reconnect to services upon wake.

3) Fire is smarter about Keychain access (Adium can spawn a lot of Keychain access request dialog boxes).

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Version 1.5.6
patddfan1 Member IconComment+0

I have used Adium, Yahoo IM, MSN IM, Fire, and iChat, but Fire is the best IM app for Mac! I just wish there was a version for my older macs (OS 7.1!)

Anyways, my problem.... well, every once in a while, Fire slows up my machine, and then unexpectedly quit. I'm able to reload, but it has happened many times when I have Fire and Safari running at the same time. any advice?

Also, can you enter any of Yahoo's chat rooms on a mac, or is that only on windows?

finally, there needs to be a way to read names from the address book (like iChat can) in the next version (and it should still run on 10.3 as well!)

I am using an iBook G4 with OS 10.3.9!

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Version 1.5.6
slam Member IconReview+0

i've been using fire for two months now and i am incredibly pleased. i'm using it to replace YM and iChat and it does all that they do and so much more. it is a better YM client that Yahoo's own program, which is crippled on the mac.

the basic functionality (chat) is solid. i've had only two strange issues: one time some formatted text was not received when sent, and one time it kept saying my friend was typing when she was not.

the advanced features are outrageously cool. spell check while i type is crucial. speaking names when someone logs in is very useful to me, it lets me know if i need to interrupt my other work for an important chat person. i haven't needed the group chat yet. file transfer did not seem to work across Yahoo but Yahoo Messenger on the mac doesn't work either so maybe it's a service issue and not Fire.

i have played with Adium but lack of spellcheck and speech would keep me away. Adium is visually more appealing but i am more interested in function.

i would like to see Fire get iTunes support, Skype support, and voice and video support, but maybe i am asking for too much!

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Version 1.5.5

Adium has the same built-in spellchecking that all OS X apps have. It can also speak the names of people signing on/off.


>i have played with Adium but lack of spellcheck and speech would keep me away.

I use then for quite a while on Adium also


Yahoo has just posted a new version for Mac OS X, and it is somewhat of a ripoff of Adium (except it doesn't support AIM/ICQ, Google, or MySpace!) I think that Fire will need to get up to speed if they still want to be the best IM app for mac!

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Downloads 110,791
Version Downloads 22,070
Type Internet / Chat
License Free
Date 16 Feb 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free