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File Transfer

Adium supports file transfers over AIM, Jabber, MSN, and Yahoo protocols.

Initiating a File Transfer

There are a variety of ways to initiate a file transfer with another user:

  • Click the File Transfer icon (Document with a green arrow icon), located in the message view's toolbar.
  • Select the destination user in the contact list then click Contact->Send File...
  • Simply drag and drop a file from the Finder onto the contact in your Contact List.

AIM File Transfer Ports

Users behind a router or a firewall may have better luck with AIM file transfer after forwarding ports 5190 - 5200 to their machine.

  • Mac OS X 10.5 users: Add Adium to the allowed programs list in the software firewall. Go to System Preferences->Security->Firewall. If Allow all incoming connections is not selected, choose Set access for specific services and applications, click the + button, and select Adium from your Applications folder.
  • Mac OS X 10.4 users: The OS X software firewall can be controlled via System Preferences->Sharing->Firewall. Click on New, change Port Name to Other, then enter 5190-5200 for TCP port and "AIM" for the description.)

Why does MSN file transfer not work with users of the official Mac MSN client?

The official Mac MSN client uses a protocol which is not compatible with libgaim's for file transfer. As a result, Adium is unable to transfer files to users using the official Mac MSN client.